The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) announced public release of the 2016 Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR), a 400-page study that seeks to capture market drivers and technology and investment needs for the U.S. integrated-photonics industry over the next 15 years.

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.