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Photonic integrated devices in activated amorphous and crystalline oxides

Photonic integrated devices in activated amorphous and crystalline oxides

Objective

In order to satisfy the future needs in telecommunication applications relevant to the community, e.g. METRO and Access networks, optical techniques will largely be employed. Since all kinds of passive and active functions might be required within one single photonic chip, concepts that allow for active / passive integration with low technological complexity, maybe even within the same processing step, are highly appreciated.

This project aims at providing a novel technology for telecom applications that combines the advantages of the present technologies on the same chip. It proposes a radically new mass-fabrication technique of high-refractive index, high-heat-conductivity, amorphous and crystalline oxide materials, which includes nano-localized active doping. It investigates a reliable parallel processing technology for high-quality nano-scale structures in these materials in order to produce functional nano-photonic devices based on Bragg gratings, ring resonators, power splitters, amplifiers and lasers for future use in optical access networks. It includes active functionality like light generation and amplification, still missing in today's Si-based technologies.

This project is multidisciplinary, as it integrates the full range from optically active thin-film growth with the aim at mass production, the development of reliable parallel nano-structuring and nano-deposition processes, device fabrication, testing and simulation with the aim at integration of active and passive functionality on the same chip and partly within a single processing step. This project possesses the clear perspective of novel future applications especially in the telecom market.

A consortium with 4 academic and 2 industrial partners from 4 European countries, all with extensive experience and international recognition but complementary skills and tasks in the project, will realize this program.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Address

Drienerlolaan 5
Enschede

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Markus POLLNAU (Prof)

Participants (5)

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

PHOENIX BV

Netherlands

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

VACOTEC S.A.

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 17501

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    31 August 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 847 732

  • EU contribution

    € 1 853 392

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands