What is Integrated Photonics?
Integrated photonics uses complex optical circuits to process and transmit signals of light, similar to the routing of electrical signals in a computer microchip. In contrast to the electrical transmission in a microchip, a photonic integrated circuit can transmit multiple information channels simultaneously using different wavelengths of light with minimal interference and energy loss to enable high-bandwidth, low-power communications. Breakthrough applications in datacom, RF signal processing, biosensing, and driverless technologies increasingly rely on the functionality of integrated photonics.
Download the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR). Technology roadmapping is the process of creating a shared industry vision for future product standards and fabrication methodologies.
Application Prototypes Labs
MIT launched its Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) 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.