March 2011

Integrated Silicon Photonics: Harnessing the Data Explosion

Sean Koehl, Ansheng Liu and Mario Paniccia

With the digital universe expanding at an exponential rate, silicon photonics is poised to bring fiber optics to a much broader array of data transport applications. Researchers at Intel Labs describe a fully integrated optical data link that assembles all the core technologies needed to develop high-volume, low-cost fiber-optics.


A Roadmap for Metamaterials

Metamaterials have rapidly advanced over the past few years—from being a paradigm for engineering unique electromagnetic properties to forming a material base for functional devices with tuneable, switchable and nonlinear capabilities. In the future, they will allow for dynamic quantum-effect-enabled systems.

The First Fibers to Homes

Thirty-five years ago this month, Japan’s Ministry for International Trade and Industry announced plans to build the world’s first fibered city. A two-way fiber-optic network called the Highly Interactive Optical Visual Information (Hi-OVIS) was far ahead of its time.

The Metamorphosis of the Transistor into a Laser

The transistor put us on the path to semiconductor electronics research. It led to the integrated circuit, optoelectronics, light-detecting devices, diode lasers, LEDs, and now further to the transistor laser—a true laser and three-terminal photonic transistor active element.


OPN Talks with Clint Schow

3-D Self-Assembling Point-Source Microlasers

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Optics in Ireland 2011

OPN Talks with Alan Gara

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