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Group IV Photonics: Driving Integrated Optoelectronics

Richard Soref, Dan Buca and Shui-Qing Yu

Use of group IV element alloys in chip-scale lasers, detectors and other active devices could enable truly monolithic manufacture of optoelectronic ICs in existing CMOS foundries.

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The July 2015 announcement of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) has galvanized the silicon photonics community. The new institute, a public-private partnership with committed funding of more than US$0.6 billion over the next five years, will focus particularly on advanced manufacturing, and on moving promising integrated-photonics technologies from the academic lab to commercialization. In the near term, much of that effort will likely focus on leveraging existing silicon chip foundries, and particularly on hybrid approaches that bond photonic active components onto a silicon foundation.

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Publish Date: 01 January 2016


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