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.

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IPSR Roadmap

Felice Frankel photo

Photo by Felice Frankel, MIT

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. 

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Job Postings

Wave guide

Scroll through job openings in the field of integrated photonics.  And contact us if you have job openings you would like us to post on our site and in our newsletters.


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Watch Videos

Photonic Integrated Circuit

Entangled bi-photon source designed by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group and fabricated by AIM Photonics. Acknowledgements: AFRL, NSF and Precision Optical Transceivers

See TED-Ed videos on integrated photonics, and videos from past Roadmap meetings. Learn about the PIC manufacturing infrastructure.

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Teaching Packages

Electro-optically tunable delay device made by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group

Electro-optically tunable delay device made by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group

Download AIM Photonics Academy teaching packages in integrated photonics.

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Application Prototypes Labs

optical testing

Optical testing of an AIM Photonic interposer chip designed by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group

AIM Academy 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. 

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Online Courses

photonic electro-optic circuits

AIM Photonics Academy education chip (designed by Rochester Institute of Technology, Boston University and University of Rochester)

Learn more about edX course offerings in integrated photonics.  Registration opens for the next course, Fabless Design of Photonic Integrated Circuits within the AIM Foundry Ecosystem, February 18th.  

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