The need for advanced highly integrated photonic circuits stems from the capacity expansion of telecommunications infrastructures driven by ever-increasing customer demand. Novel design and manufacturing technologies for advanced photonic circuits emerging from PICCO could meet this need.
Ready for mass production
The work of the IST programme-funded project has provided evidence that functional photonic circuits can be created using state-of-the-art deep UV lithography. This technology is at the very forefront of wafer-scale processing, and appears to be a promising approach for high-volume device production. The development has moved photonic crystals from a previous position as scientific curiosities to being serious contenders in the future manufacture of micro-photonic circuitry.
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