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Universal microwave photonics programmable processor for seamlessly interfacing wireless and optical ICT systems

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 2˙494˙444 €
 EC max contribution 2˙494˙444 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2022-06-30


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 Project objective

Information and communication technology (ICT) systems are expanding at an awesome pace in terms of capacity demand, number of connected end-users and required infrastructure. To cope with these rapidly increasing growth rates there is a need for a flexible, scalable and future-proof solution for seamlessly interfacing the wireless and photonic segments of communication networks. RF or Microwave photonics (MWP), is the best positioned technology to provide the required flexible, adaptive and future-proof physical layer with unrivalled characteristics. Its widespread use is however limited by the high-cost, non-compact and heavy nature of its systems. Integrated Microwave Photonics (IMWP) targets the incorporation of MWP functionalities in photonic chips to obtain cost-effective and reduced space, weight and power consumption systems. IMWP has demonstrated some functionalities in through application specific photonic circuits (ASPICs), yielding almost as many technologies as applications and preventing cost-effective industrial manufacturing processes. A radically different approach is based on a universal or general-purpose programmable photonic integrated circuit (PIC) capable of performing with the same hardware architecture the main required functionalities. The aim of this project is the design, implementation and validation of such processor based on the novel concept of photonic waveguide mesh optical core and its integration in a Silicon Photonics chip. Its three specific objectives are: (1) The architecture design and optimization of a technology-agnostic universal MWP programmable signal processor, (2) The chip mask design, fabrication and testing of the processor and (3) The experimental demonstration and validation of the processor. Targeting record values in bandwidth and footprint its potential impact will be very large by unlocking bandwidth bottlenecks and providing seamless interfacing of the fiber and wireless segments in future ICT systems.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 David Marpaung, Jianping Yao, José Capmany
Integrated microwave photonics
published pages: 80-90, ISSN: 1749-4885, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0310-5
Nature Photonics 13/2 2020-03-05
2018 Daniel Pérez, Ivana Gasulla, José Capmany
Programmable multifunctional integrated nanophotonics
published pages: 1351-1371, ISSN: 2192-8614, DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2018-0051
Nanophotonics 7/8 2020-03-05
2020 Aitor López, Daniel Pérez, Prometheus DasMahapatra, José Capmany
Auto-routing algorithm for field-programmable photonic gate arrays
published pages: 737, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.382753
Optics Express 28/1 2020-03-05
2020 Daniel Perez Lopez
Programmable Integrated Silicon Photonics Waveguide Meshes: Optimized Designs and Control Algorithms
published pages: 1-12, ISSN: 1077-260X, DOI: 10.1109/jstqe.2019.2948048
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 26/2 2020-03-05
2019 Daniel Pérez-López, Ana M. Gutierrez, Erica Sánchez, Prometheus DasMahapatra, José Capmany
Integrated photonic tunable basic units using dual-drive directional couplers
published pages: 38071, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.27.038071
Optics Express 27/26 2020-03-05
2018 Daniel Pérez, Ivana Gasulla, Jose Capmany
Field-programmable photonic arrays
published pages: 27265, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.26.027265
Optics Express 26/21 2019-03-11
2017 Daniel Perez, Ivana Gasulla, Francisco Javier Fraile, Lee Crudgington, David J. Thomson, Ali Z. Khokhar, Ke Li, Wei Cao, Goran Z. Mashanovich, Jose Capmany
Silicon Photonics Rectangular Universal Interferometer
published pages: 1700219, ISSN: 1863-8880, DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201700219
Laser & Photonics Reviews 11/6 2019-03-11
2018 Daniel Perez-Lopez, Erica Sanchez, Jose Capmany
Programmable True Time Delay Lines Using Integrated Waveguide Meshes
published pages: 4591-4601, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/jlt.2018.2831008
Journal of Lightwave Technology 36/19 2019-03-13
2018 Daniel Perez, Ivana Gasulla, Jose Capmany
Toward Programmable Microwave Photonics Processors
published pages: 519-532, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/jlt.2017.2778741
Journal of Lightwave Technology 36/2 2019-03-11
2017 Daniel Pérez, Ivana Gasulla, Lee Crudgington, David J. Thomson, Ali Z. Khokhar, Ke Li, Wei Cao, Goran Z. Mashanovich, José Capmany
Multipurpose silicon photonics signal processor core
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00714-1
Nature Communications 8/1 2019-03-20
2019 Daniel Pérez, Jose Capmany
Scalable analysis for arbitrary photonic integrated waveguide meshes
published pages: 19, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/optica.6.000019
Optica 6/1 2019-03-12

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