EU project to develop ‘smart thermal’ photonic devices

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An EU-funded project plans to develop intelligent circuits that will allow photonic devices to regulate their own temperature, making them up to five times more efficient.

The three-year Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS) project, led by the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, has secured €5.2 million in funding under Horizon 2020’s call for Smart Integration Systems.

The TIPS project aims to develop and demonstrate a scalable, thermally-enabled 3D integrated optoelectronic platform that can meet the explosion in data traffic growth. TIPS will heterogeneously integrate micro-thermoelectric coolers and micro-fluidics with optoelectronic devices to precisely control device temperature.

“We will seek to develop an intelligent circuit that can thermally control its own operations, making it up to five times more efficient,” explained Dr Kafil M Razeeb, senior research scientist at Tyndall National Institute and coordinator of the project. “By precisely self-tuning its own temperature, the device can produce a more precise wavelength, meaning faster data transmission at a lower cost.”

Tyndall National Institute will work with industry and research partners from Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and France. These include III-V Lab, University of Hamburg, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland, CNRS Institutes (INL, ILM and IMN), Stokes Institute at University of Limerick, LioniX BV, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, and Communicraft.

This story originally appeared on our sister website www.electrooptics.com.

Image: Dr Kafil Razeeb and Dr Cian O’Murchu of Tyndall National Institute.

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