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IEEE Distinguished Lecturer – Advanced semiconductor lasers: Ultra-low operating energy and heterogeneous integration with Si photonics devices

September 10, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT

The electrical power consumed in data transmission systems is now hampering efforts to further increase the speed and capacity at various scales, ranging from data centers to microprocessors. Optical interconnects employing an ultralow energy directly modulated lasers will play a key role in reducing the power consumption. Since a laser’s operating energy is proportional to the size of its active volume, developing high-performance lasers with a small cavity is important. For this purpose, we have developed membrane DFB and photonic crystal (PhC) lasers, in which active regions are buried with InP layer. Thanks to the reduction of cavity size and the increase in optical confinement factor, we have achieved extremely small operating energy and demonstrated 4.4-fJ/bit operating energy by employing wavelength-scale PhC cavity. Reduction of the cost is also important issue because huge number of transmitters are required for short distance optical links. For this purpose, Si photonics technology is expected to be a potential solution because it can provide large-scale phonic integrated circuits (PICs), which can reduce the assembly cost compared with transmitters constructed by discrete devices. Therefore, heterogeneous integration of III-V compound semiconductors and Si has attracted much attention. For fabricating these devices, we have developed wafer-scale fabrication procedure that employs regrowth of III-V compound semiconductors on directly bonded thin InP template on SiO2/Si substrate. A key to realize high-quality epitaxial layer is total thickness, which must be below the critical thickness, typically 430 nm. Thus, membrane structure is quite suitable for heterogeneous integration.  I will talk about our recent progress, focusing on ultralow-power-consumption directly modulated lasers and their photonic integrated circuit.  I will also describe progress in heterogeneous integration of these lasers and Si photonics devices.

Speaker(s): Dr Shinji Matsuo,

Room: MD276
Bldg: Macdonald Engineering Building
817 Sherbrooke Street
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec


September 10, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm UTC