The novel concept of Photonic Crystals (PCs) is now being validated in 2 dimensions in the near-infrared range. The purpose of the PCIC (Photonic Crystal Integrated Circuits) project is to apply this concept to Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) on InP, intended for telecommunication applications, for which we foresee three major advantages: ultra high compacity, simple and low-cost fabrication routes and implementation of novel functionalities. We will develop integrated-optics oriented Photonic Crystal fabrication routes and combine carefully validated PC modelling tools to achieve several important PC-based building blocks, including low-loss waveguides, bends, couplers, combiners and filters. Demonstrators consisting of integrated systems of active (lasers) and passive elements for WDM applications will be developed to validate the impact of PCs in integrated optics.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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