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Integrated photonics technology is proprietary and is not manufactured in high volume. Establishing an enabling silicon photonics technology as envisioned in the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR) is a necessary step to achieving low-cost, high-volume manufacturing in this rapidly expanding market, according to AIM Photonics.

In the latest issue of Nature Photonics, MIT researchers present a practical way to introduce second-order nonlinearities into silicon photonics. They also report prototypes of two different silicon devices that exploit those nonlinearities: a modulator, which encodes data onto an optical beam, and a frequency doubler, a component vital to the development of lasers that can be precisely tuned to a range of different frequencies.

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