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.
(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2019-04-15) Zilkie, A. J.; Srinivasan, P.; Trita, A.; Schrans, T.; Yu, G.; Byrd, J.; Nelson, D. A.; Muth, K.; Lerose, D.; Alalusi, M.; Masuda, K.; Ziebell, M.; Abediasl, H.; Drake, J.; Miller, G.; Nykanen, H.; Kho, E.; Liu, Y.; Liang, H.; Yang, H.; Peters, Frank H.; Nagra, A. S.; Rickman, A. G.; Tekes; Business Finland
We describe and characterize a multi-micron silicon photonics platform that was designed to combine performance, power efficiency, manufacturability, and versatility for integrated photonic applications ranging from data communications to sensors. We outline the attributes needed for broad applicability, high-volume manufacturing, and large-scale deployment of silicon photonics, and describe how the platform is favorable with respect to these attributes. We present demonstrations of key technologies needed for the communications and sensing applications, including low-loss fiber attach, compact low-loss filters, efficient hybrid wavelength division multiplexed lasers, and high-speed electro-absorption modulators and integrated photodetectors.