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Enabling Tb/s Photonic Routing: Development of Advanced Hybrid Integrated Photonic Devices to Realize High-Speed, All-Optical Packet Switching

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10 Author(s)
Stampoulidis, L. ; Photonics Commun. Res. Lab., Nat. Tech. Univ. of Athens, Athens ; Apostolopoulos, D. ; Petrantonakis, D. ; Zakynthinos, P.
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We present recent advances in photonic integration introduced by integration-related European research project IST-MUFINS. The contribution of the project in the progress of a functional photonic integration is outlined, from device fabrication to device application focusing on photonic routing using multielement photonic chips. Specifically, we report on the transition from single-element to multielement photonic devices with the fabrication of hybrid integrated arrays of optical switches exploiting and upgrading the silica-on-silicon hybrid photonic integration. We demonstrate how the enhanced processing power and capacity of these components can be exploited to implement key functionalities required in next-generation fully integrated terabits per second photonic routers.

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 3 )