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SiliconLaser

SiliconLaser

Objective

Our research aims to revolutionize the electronics industry by adding intra-chip and chip-to-chip communication at the speed of light, offering a significantly reduced energy consumption. Cubic crystal phase SiGe is known to be great for electronics. We propose to develop hexagonal crystal phase SiGe (Hex-SiGe) which features a direct bandgap and will add photonic capabilities to electronics. Direct bandgap silicon has been the holy grail of the semiconductor industry for many years, since it would allow integrating both electronic and optical functionalities on a silicon platform. Recent theoretical calculations predict that hexagonal crystal phase SixGe1-x features a tunable direct bandgap from 1380-1800 nm, exactly coinciding with the low loss window for optical fibre communications. We have recently developed a generic approach to grow defect-free hexagonal SixGe1-x with tunable composition. We propose to demonstrate efficient light emission from direct bandgap SiGe, followed by the development of a SiGe nanolaser. Work towards CMOS integration is included. The demonstration of a Hex-SiGe nanolaser will serve as a game-changer for transforming the electronics industry.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Address

Groene Loper 3
5612 Ae Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 286 716,25

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 633 126,25

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 417 500

UNIVERSITAT LINZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 348 587

IBM RESEARCH GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 707 125

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 592 363

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 735008

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 985 418,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 985 417,50

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands