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ICT: Boom

Full Name:Terabit-on-chip:integrated photonic routers

Duration: 1/6/2008-30/5/2011 (Finished)


  • Project leader: ICCS/NTUA (Greece)


  • BOOM is an integration project that aims to pursue the systematic advancement of Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) integration technology to develop compact, cost-effective and power efficient silicon photonic components that enable photonic Tb/s capacity systems for current and new generation high speed broadband core networks. BOOM develops fabrication techniques as well as flip-chip bonding and die-to-wafer integration methods to fabricate and mount the complete family of III-V components on SOI. As such the BOOM SOI optical board technology will be able to blend the cost-effectiveness and integration potential of silicon with the high bandwidth and processing power of III-V material and provide a new generation of functional and miniaturized photonic components including:
  • (a) a single 160 Gb/s SOI Wavelength Converter (WC) and a quadruple array of 160 Gb/s WCs with a record chip throughput of 640 Gb/s on a size 20x5 mm2
  • (b) a compact, eight channel, ultra dense WDM InAlAs-InGaAs photoreceiver with record high responsivity
  • (c) a dual SOI EML transmitter together with its electronic drivers on a single chip.
  • In addition, BOOM invests in the development of improved CMOS compatible waveguide technologies to fabricate miniaturized, low loss and fully reconfigurable wavelength routing cross-connects based on two dimensional grids of serially interconnected micro-ring resonators. BOOM will perform system level integration of all the components to assemble the first prototype rack-mount, ultra-high capacity router based on silicon photonics that will require minimum board space and power consumption and achieve a total throughput of 640 Gb/s.

INTEC's Role:

  • Realize UHDWDM receiver

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Publications in the framework of this project (9)

    International Journals

  1. P. De Heyn, D. Vermeulen, D. Van Thourhout, G. Roelkens, Silicon-on-insulator all-pass microring resonator using a polarization rotating coupling section, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, (2012)  Download this Publication (735KB).
  2. C. Stamatiadis, K. Vyrsokinos, L. Stampoulidis, I. Lazarou, A. Maziotis, J. Bolten, M. Karl, T. Wahlbrink, P. De Heyn, Z. Sheng, D. Van Thourhout, H. Avramopoulos, Silicon-on-Insulator Nanowire Resonators for Compact and Ultra-high speed All-optical Wavelength Converters, Journal of Lightwave Technology, (2011)  Download this Publication (1.4MB).
  3. L. Liu, G. Roelkens, J. Van Campenhout, J. Brouckaert, D. Van Thourhout, R. Baets, III-V/silicon-on-insulator nanophotonic cavities for optical network-on-chip, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (invited), 10, p.1461-1472 (2010)  Download this Publication (1.8MB).
      International Conferences

    1. P. De Heyn, S. Verstuyft, S. Keyvaninia, A. Trita, D. Van Thourhout, Tunable 4-Channel Ultra-Dense WDM Demultiplexer with III-V Photodiodes Integrated on Silicon-on-Insulator, Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) , China, p.1-3 (2012)  Download this Publication (477KB).
    2. P. De Heyn, D. Vermeulen, T. Van Vaerenbergh, B. Kuyken, D. Van Thourhout, Ultra-high Q and finesse all-pass microring resonators on Silicon-on-Insulator using rib waveguides, 16th European Conference on Integrated Optics and technical exhibition, Spain, p.paper 195 (2012)  Download this Publication (255KB).
    3. W. Bogaerts, S. Selvaraja, H. Yu, T. Spuesens, P. Mechet, S. Stankovic, S. Keyvaninia, J. Van Campenhout, P. Absil, G. Roelkens, D. Van Thourhout, R. Baets, A Silicon Photonics Platform with Heterogeneous III-V Integration, Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nano-Photonics (IPR) (invited), Canada, p.IWC2 (2011)  Download this Publication (283KB).
    4. C. Stamatiadis, L. Stampoulidis, K. Vyrsokinos, I. Lazarou, L.Zimmermann, K.Voigt, L. Moerl, J. Kreissl, B. Sedighi, Z. Sheng, P. De Heyn, D. Van Thourhout, M. Karl, T. Wahlbrink, J. Bolten, A. Leinse, R, Heidemann, F. Gomez-Agis, H.J.S Dorren, A. Pagano, E. Riccardi, H. Avramopoulos, The ICT-BOOM project: Photonic Routing on a Silicon-On-Insulator Hybrid Platform, 15th Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) (invited), Italy, (2011)  Download this Publication (697KB).
    5. P. De Heyn, B. Kuyken, D. Vermeulen, W. Bogaerts, D. Van Thourhout, High-performance low-loss silicon-on-insulator microring resonators using TM-polarized light, The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) 2011,  , United States, p.paper OThV2 (3 pages) (2011)  Download this Publication (299KB).
    6. P. De Heyn, B. Kuyken, D. Vermeulen, W. Bogaerts, D. Van Thourhout, Improved intrinsic Q of Silicon-on-Insulator microring resonators using TM-polarized light, Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter, Netherlands, p.197-200 (2010)  Download this Publication (227KB).

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