NanoPhOtonic devices applying SElf-assembled colloIDs for novel ON-chip light sources

Start date: 1st January 2020

Duration of the project: 48 months

Abstract:
Silicon photonics made tremendous progress in the last decade and promises far more cost effective photonic integrated circuits (PICs) than competing III-V semiconductors. However, a monolithically integrable, mass manufacturable light source is missing. All approaches of heterogeneous integration of III-V light sources are costly and not highly scalable, creating massive cost and complexity barriers for the commercialization of PICs.
The ground-breaking aim of POSEIDON is to develop a radically new bottom-up approach towards multi-scale, on chip self-assembly of active colloids based on low cost colloid technology. For the first time this encompasses the entire process chain of computer-aided design, controlled synthesis, hierarchical assembly, optoelectronic integration and device fabrication. By controlling and designing self-assembly processes directly on a device, addressing length scales from nm to 100’s of μm simultaneously, our approach allows to fabricate functional nanophotonic components with 3D, single-nm resolution integrated into complex PICs. The ambitious goal of POSEIDON is to thereby develop electrically pumped light sources which can be monolithically integrated into the back end of CMOS chips. This breakthrough overcomes the limitations of top-down PIC fabrication and tears down the massive cost and complexity barriers initially mentioned.
The short-term benefits can be quantum leaps in data centre energy efficiency and network performance, enabled by the project targeting the usual Datacom wavelengths, and cheap yet powerful optical sensors. In the long run a revolutionary platform for generic PICs consisting of monolithically integrated active colloidal components (light sources and detectors), Si/Si nitride photonics and CMOS electronics can emerge from POSEIDON. This will transform Europe’s industrial landscape and provide sustainable solutions to societal challenges across ICT, quantum technologies, energy, environment, health and security.

N. Participant organisation name Short nameCountry
1 GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTERHAFTUNG AMO GMBH AMODE
2 AMIRES S.R.O. AMICZ
3 UNIVERSITY OF HULL UHULLUK
4 UNIVERSITAET SIEGEN USIEGENDE
5 FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDERUNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG FAUDE
6 ASOCIACION CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION COOPERATIVA EN BIOMATERIALES- CIC biomaGUNE CIC biomaGUNE ES
7 THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UCAMUK
8 AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS CSICES
Contact persons: Coordinator: Project Manager:
Name Anna Lena Giesecke Elena Turco
Organisation AMO GmbH AMIRES s.r.o.
Email giesecke@amo.de turco@amires.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 861950, project POSEIDON.