What is Integrated Photonics?
Integrated photonics is an emerging branch of photonics in which complex photonic circuits process and transmit light signals in ways similar to the computer microchip. In contrast to electricity, photons move at light speed with no interference, allowing many channels of information to be transmitted at once, while dissipating only a fraction of their energy. These advantages lead to information moving across a chip at higher data rates, with less power loss. Breakthrough applications in datacom, RF signal processing, biosensing, and driverless technologies increasingly rely on the functionality of integrated photonics.
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AIM Academy launched its Lab for Education & Application Prototypes on MIT’s campus, allowing professors at MIT to incorporate hands-on integrated photonics lessons into their syllabi, and for companies to work directly with students on projects.
AIM Photonics Academy is working closely with the state of Massachusetts to build a base in integrated manufacturing along the I-90 corridor, from Boston to Pittsfield to Albany and Rochester.