Applications of PICs in telecommunication networks
Boudewijn Docter, EFFECT Photonics
Research on Photonic Integrated Circuits has a long history in The Netherlands. EFFECT Photonics is a young start-up company that is connecting this research to real world applications in optical fiber communication networks. But what parts of the network benefit the most of the strengths of photonic integration? What are the sweet-spots? And which problems still need to be solved to enable large scale deployment of this technology?

From enlightened idea to Photonic IC
Ronald Broeke, BRIGHT Photonics BV
There are many steps along many possible paths between an application idea and a packaged PIC. A multitude of unique applications exist which (can) benefit from PICs, and there are many PIC technologies to choose from. This presentation gives an overview on the design of PICs; The technology options, how we choose between them, and the tooling we use to design and realize PICs.

The cool future of optics “Coolbit”
Jeroen Duis, TE Connectivity
What are next generation datacenter and high performance computing requirements, how does TE Connectivity transfer these requirements into a next generation connectivity platform. The Coolbit platform answers this quest and the most recent developments in this area will be presented and a glimpse of the future solutions will be revealed.

Integrated photonics for sensing applications
Pim Kat, Technobis
Technobis Fibre Technologies has been active in the development of Integrated Optics in the past 5 years. Supported by European projects, local subsidies and early customers we stretched the usability of Fibre Bragg Gating sensors to the extreme. In free space optics wave length shifts resolution limits to around 10fm. In integrated optics we reached an incredible resolution of 20 attometer and at the same time reducing power consumption, reducing weight and reducing the price of a standard system significantly.
Examples of demonstrator systems in Aeronautics, Space, medical and High Tech systems will be given.

High-end photonics for IC fabrication
Hans Vermeulen, ASML
After contract printing was used for lithography from the early 1960s, optical projection on silocon wafers was being explored from the early 1970s on. Although a murcury lamp was applied for illumination in the first, so called silicon repeaters, laser systems were used already for stage interferometric position control, through the lens alignment and focus measurement. Since the introduction of KrF laser system (248 nm) for illumination the late 1980s, the optical wavelenght has been further reduced over time to enhance resolution, first with an ArF laser (193 nm), and since the mid 2000s with EUV light (13.5 nm).
As a key enabling technology for IC fabriation, high-end photonics systems are widely used in optical lithography systems of today. The presentation will give a few examples of advanced photonics systems, viz. the laser produced plasma source for EUV generation, the application of DUV freeform manipulators for flexible illumination and projection, and laser based sensor systems for position and shape metrology.

Workshop on fiber optics
To keep acting at the edge of novel technology fields, measures need to be taken by technology companies. TEGEMA will present a glimpse into the future on the basis of its own Technology Roadmap, which in this workshop will focus on “fiber optics”. On the basis of a real development case for a terabit super connector with hundreds of fibers placed with ultra-precision, we will envision how this connector may look like – and as important – how these connectors could be produced. In several brainstorm sessions we will address these challenges that are currently being undertaken in one of our projects.

Introduction to Integrated Photonics
Mike Wale, Oclaro
Photonics – the technology of light – is pervasive in modern society, from communications to consumer goods, medical systems to heavy industry. Over the last decades, and in parallel with the development of the laser, the technology of Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) has been developed to provide a highly efficient means of realizing complex optical and opto-electronic functions in monolithic form. This talk will introduce PIC technology, concentrating particularly on PICs in indium phosphide (InP), which can provide a particularly complete set of functions, including optical amplification, laser operation, modulation, signal routing, wavelength multiplexing and detection, in arbitrary combinations. We shall see how this technology is a key enabler for modern communications and data systems, including the internet. We shall also see how, over the last decade, European researchers and manufacturers have established generic platforms for InP PICs, based on libraries of standard building blocks and standard manufacturing processes, which can serve the needs of many different users and applications. This concept was pioneered in the silicon microelectronics industry 30 years ago but in optics the concept is still very new. More than 100 application-specific PICs have now been successfully designed and fabricated on the platforms supported by the Joint European Platform for InP-Based Photonic Integrated Circuits (JePPIX). The paper will review the current state of the art and give pointers towards future developments.