Collection | 30 May 2023

Photonic integration and optoelectronics convergence

Integrated photonics consists of integrating multiple photonic devices/functions on a single Photonic Integrated Chip (PIC), while optoelectronics convergence is building the bridge between photonics and microelectronics. Empowered by various nanofabrication techniques on diverse innovative material platforms, remarkable advances have been made in photonic integration and optoelectronics convergence in the last decade. Those exciting progresses took place in the areas of materials, processing techniques, innovations on both passive and active devices, chip architectures, levels of integration complexity and density, and beyond. Integration offers size and cost reduction, faster processing speed, larger information capacity, higher energy efficiency, more versatility, and consequently broader impact to the human society. Various miniaturized devices are made available enabling better existing applications, new emerging applications, and opening new market opportunities in communications, biomedicine, sensing, computing, automotive and metrology, etc.

This special issue aims at capturing the most exciting advances in the leading edge of photonic integration and optoelectronics convergence, including new material platforms, new fabrication and characterization technologies, new device physics and architectures, new design principle for miniaturized components, micro- and nano-photonics devices, the rising and potential applications. We hope to provide an overview as well as insightful perspectives of the field by collecting contributions from leading experts and major industry players to promote the breakthrough science and impactful applications in photonic integration and optoelectronics convergence.

This issue is co-edited by

Prof. Lianshan Yan, Dean, School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Prof. Baohua Jia, Director, Centre for Atomaterials Sciences and Technologies, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Di Liang, Director, Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group, USA

Prof. David Moss, Director, Optical Science Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr. Xi Xiao, CEO, National Information Optoelectronics Innovation Center, China

Article List Guest Editors
  • Review

    Hybrid-integrated chalcogenide photonics

    Bin Zhang, Di Xia, Xin Zhao, Lei Wan, Zhaohui Li
    Published Published online: 22 September 2023 , doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.024

    High-quality photonic materials are critical for promoting integrated photonic devices with broad bandwidths, high efficiencies, and flexibilities for high-volume chip-scale fabrication. Recently, we designed a home-developed chalcogenide glass (ChG)-Ge25Sb10S65 (GeSbS) for optical information processing chips and systems, which featured an ultrabroad transmission window, a high Kerr nonlinearity and photoelastic coefficient, and compatibility with the photonic hybrid integration technology of silicon photonics. Chip-integrated GeSbS microresonators and microresonator arrays with high quality factors and lithographically controlled fine structures were fabricated using a modified nanofabrication process. Moreover, considering the high Kerr nonlinearity and photoelastic effect of ChGs, we realised a novel ChG hybrid integrated chip, inspired by recent advances in integrated soliton microcombs and acousto-optic (AO) modulators.

  • Article

    Ultra-compact lithium niobate photonic chip for high-capacity and energy-efficient wavelength-division-multiplexing transmitters

    Hongxuan Liu, Bingcheng Pan, Yishu Huang, Jianghao He, Ming Zhang, et al.
    Published Published online: 29 May 2023 , doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.013
    Recently, high-performance thin-film lithium niobate optical modulators have emerged that, together with advanced multiplexing technologies, are highly expected to satisfy the ever-growing demand for high-capacity optical interconnects utilizing multiple channels. Accordingly, in this study, a compact lithium-niobate-on-insulator (LNOI) photonic chip was adopted to establish four-channel wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) transmitters, comprising four optical modulators based on ultracompact 2 × 2 Fabry-Perot cavities and a four-channel WDM filter based on multimode waveguide gratings. The fabricated chip with four wavelength channels has a total footprint as compact as 0.3 × 2.8 mm2, and exhibits an excess loss of ~0.8 dB as well as low inter-channel crosstalk of < –22 dB. Using this LNOI photonic chip, high-capacity data transmissions of 320 Gbps (4 × 80 Gbps) on-off-keying signals and 400 Gbps (4 × 100 Gbps) four-level pulse amplitude signals were successfully realized with the ultra-low power consumption of 11.9 fJ/bit.
  • Review

    Hybrid integration of 2D materials for on-chip nonlinear photonics

    Vincent Pelgrin, Hoon Hahn Yoon, Eric Cassan, Zhipei Sun
    Published Published online: 01 August 2023 , doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.014

    Interests surrounding the development of on-chip nonlinear optical devices have been consistently growing in the past decades due to the tremendous applications, such as quantum photonics, all-optical communications, optical computing, on-chip metrology, and sensing. Developing efficient on-chip nonlinear optical devices to meet the requirements of those applications brings the need for new directions to improve the existing photonic approaches. Recent research has directed the field of on-chip nonlinear optics toward the hybrid integration of two-dimensional layered materials (such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, and black phosphorous) with various integrated platforms. The combination of well-known photonic chip design platforms (e.g., silicon, silicon nitride) and different two-dimensional layered materials has opened the road for more versatile and efficient structures and devices, which has the great potential to unlock numerous new possibilities. This review discusses the modeling and characterization of different hybrid photonic integration structures with two-dimensional materials, highlights the current state of the art examples, and presents an outlook for future prospects.

  • Article

    High-fidelity mode scaling via topological-optimized on-chip metalens for compact photonic interconnection

    Yingli Ha, Lijun Wang, Yinghui Guo, Mingbo Pu, Fang Zou, et al.
    Published Published online: 18 August 2023 , doi: 10.37188/lam.2023.020

    Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) have attracted significant interest in communication, computation, and biomedical applications. However, most rely on highly integrated PICs devices, which require a low-loss and high-integration guided wave path. Owing to the various dimensions of different integrated photonic devices, their interconnections typically require waveguide tapers. Although a waveguide taper can overcome the width mismatch of different devices, its inherent tapering width typically results in a long length, which fundamentally limits the efficient interconnection between devices with a high scaling ratio over a short distance. Herein, we proposed a highly integrated on-chip metalens that enables optical interconnections between devices with high width-scaling ratios by embedding a free-form metasurface in a silicon-on-insulator film. The special geometric features endow the designed metalens with high coupling efficiency and high integration. The device has a footprint of only 2.35 μm in the longitudinal direction and numerical aperture of 2.03, enabling beam focusing and collimation of less than 10 μm between devices with width-scaling ratio of 11. For the fundamental transverse electric field (TE0) mode, the relative transmittance is as high as 96% for forward incidence (from wide to narrow waveguides), whereas the metalens can realize wavefront shaping for backward incidence, which can be used in optical phase arrays. This study provides new ideas for optical interconnect design and wavefront shaping in high-integration PICs. Our design approach has potential applications in directional radiators, LiDAR, on-chip optical information processing, analogue computing, and imaging.

Lianshan Yan is currently the Dean of the School of Information Science & Technology (SIST) and the Director of Center for Information Photonics & Communications (CIPC) at Southwest Jiaotong University, China. Prof. Yan is the author and co-author of more than 500 papers, four books and two book chapters. He holds thirteen U.S. patents and more than seventy Chinese patents. Prof. Yan is a Fellow of Optica (former OSA). He is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Light: Advanced Manufacturing (2020-). He received the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award (2011-2013) and IEEE LEOS Graduate Fellowship (2002). He was the co-chair or TPC member of more than fifty international conferences. He is also the winner of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, Chair Professor of CheungKong Scholars Program. He was the Chair of Optical Fiber Technology Technical Group of OSA (2015-2018) and an associate editor of IEEE Photonics Journal (2009-2015).

Baohua Jia is a professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in School of Science at RMIT University. Before joining RMIT Baohua was the Founding Director of Centre for Translational Atomaterials at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on the fundamental light and nano-and atomaterial interactions. In particular her work on laser manipulation of two-dimensional materials has led to the design and fabrication of functional nanostructures and nanomaterials for effective harnessing and storage of clean energy from sunlight, purifying water and air for clean environment and imaging, spectroscopy and nanofabrication using ultrafast laser towards fast-speed all-optical communications and intelligent manufacturing. Prof. Jia has co-authored more than 260 scientific publications in highly ranked journals and prestigious international conferences. She has delivered more than 60 keynote/invited talks at international conferences and serves multiples professional committees. She has received numerous prizes and awards, including the ARC Future Fellow, DECRA and APD, Finalist for the Prime Minister’s Science Awards, Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship et al.

Di Liang is currently a director in Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group. Prior that, he was a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he led the advanced R&D of silicon and compound semiconductor integrated photonics for high-performance computing and emerging applications. During 2007-2009, he was a core member in the early-stage joint development of III-V-on-silicon heterogeneous photonic integration between the University of California - Santa Barbara and Intel. His research interests include III-V and silicon photonic devices and integrated circuits, heterogeneous and monolithic material integration, and nanofabrication technology. He has authored and coauthored over 250 journal and conference papers, 1 edited book, 7 book chapters, and was granted by 49 patents with another 55+ pending. He is a Fellow of Optica (former OSA), a senior member of IEEE, and associated editor of Optica: Photonics Research and IEEE: Journal of Quantum Electronics.

Prof. David Moss has a career in research in academia, industry and government research laboratories in Canada, Japan and Australia. He was with the University of Sydney for over 15 years, the last 10 of which were with the ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS. David still holds an honorary Professorial Fellow position with the University of Sydney. Professor Moss has over 700 publications including numerous articles in Nature family journals and conference papers with around 12000 citations and an h-index of 64. He is leading extensive international research networks in nanophotonics and other areas. David has been highly successful at winning ARC competitive research grants and has won a number of notable awards for his research including the 2011 Australian Museum Award and the Google Eureka Science Prize for Innovation. David is a Fellow of the Optica (former OSA) and the IEEE.

Xi Xiao is the CEO of National Information Optoelectronics Innovation Center (NOEIC) of China, and the vice director of State Key Laboratory of Optical Communication Technologies and Networks (OCTN) at China Information and Communication Technologies Group Corporation (CICT). He was an associate professor of the institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences till 2013. His present research interests include the Terabps-scale silicon-based photonic devices for telecommunications, datacom and interconnect applications, as well as their enabling fabrication and integration technologies. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, including Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, ACS Photonics, Photonics Research, IEEE JSSC, ECOC post-deadline paper、ECOC invited talk and OFC invited talk. He was a subcommittee member of CLEO, ACP, OECC, POEM, and currently working as a subcommittee member of OFC 2023 and the editor of Light: Advanced Manufacturing.