A Photonics Playground

Goran Z. Mashanovich, Milos Nedeljkovic, Callum G. Littlejohns and Milan M. Milosevic

Silicon photonics is revolutionizing the Datacom industry, compelling educators to modernize the way this technology is taught to the next generation of engineers.

People in lab Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. [Courtesy of University of Southampton]

Photonics—“the electronics of the 21st century”—has become a ubiquitous technology in modern society, impacting many fields and addressing several grand challenges. Silicon photonics, in particular, is an important field since it leverages CMOS technology and is being increasingly implemented in data centers, lidar systems and sensing applications. As photonics’ star continues to rise, there is a growing demand for employees with a broad skillset—encompassing everything from photonics and electronics to process and software engineering. Therefore, it’s imperative that we provide students with opportunities to acquire skills in modeling, design, fabrication, characterization and analysis of photonic devices and circuits.

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