Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe's leading research centres, specialising in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hardware. Tyndall has a critical mass of over 360 researchers, engineers, students and support staff placing a particular emphasis on quality, accomplishment and the delivery to Ireland of value from research. Tyndall’s areas of expertise range from micro-nanolectronics, microsystems, and photonics to theory modeling supported by a central fabrication facility.
(Optical Society of America, 2019) Quack, Niels; Sattari, Hamed; Takabayashi, Alain Y.; Zhang, Yu; Edinger, Pierre; Errando-Herranz, Carlos; Gylfason, Kristinn B.; Wang, Xiaojing; Niklaus, Frank; Jezzini, Moises A.; Hwang, How Yuan; O'Brien, Peter; Porcel, Marco A. G.; Lerma Arce, Cristina; Kumar, Saurav; Abasahl, Banafsheh; Verheyen, Peter; Bogaerts, Wim; Horizon 2020; Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung; Hasler Stiftung
With the maturing and the increasing complexity of Silicon Photonics technology, novel avenues are pursued to reduce power consumption and to provide enhanced functionality: exploiting mechanical movement in advanced Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits provides a promising path to access a strong modulation of the effective index and to low power consumption by employing mechanically stable and thus non-volatile states. In this paper, we will discuss recent achievements in the development of MEMS enabled systems in Silicon Photonics and outline the roadmap towards reconfigurable general Photonic Integrated Circuits.