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Photonic integrated devices for second order nonlinear optical processes

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Project "PISSARRO" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 1˙999˙400 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙400 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-07-01   to  2023-06-30


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 Project objective

Second order nonlinear processes, such as second-harmonic or difference-frequency generation, are key for frequency metrology and quantum optics applications. The successful integration of such functionalities, consequential of material 2nd order nonlinear susceptibility χ(2), is essential to obtain compact and low power devices. Unfortunately embedding 2nd order nonlinear effects on chip poses a fundamental challenge captured by the following dogma: materials with the best photonic integration capabilities exhibit negligible χ(2). Recent research by the PI proves this dogma flawed and shows that 2nd order nonlinearities can be unlocked in silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides by all-optical means, a result that is a significant departure from other existing approaches.

PISSARRO will develop waveguides for χ(2) based effects and confront the limitations imposed by fabrication, resonant structures, or phase-matching constraints, thus seeking optimal trade-offs. By leveraging the linear properties and fabrication flexibility of SiN waveguides, the synergy between optically induced electric field from multi-photon absorption, large material 3rd order nonlinearity and waveguide engineering will be exploited, to overcome the initial low efficiency. The objectives are far beyond the state-of-the-art by providing all-optical control, flexibility and extended operation bandwidth.

The project will build on the in-depth optical characterization of the microscopic nature of optically-induced 2nd order nonlinearity in SiN to take integrated 2nd order nonlinear devices to new frontiers. PISSARRO promises substantial impact in the domains of communication, metrology and quantum optics by providing novel CMOS-compatible photonic devices. Designed waveguides will not only lead to the integration of stabilized octave spanning combs for precise frequency references, but also introduce a path towards dynamic on-chip quantum state generation and unconstrained frequency conversion.


List of deliverables.
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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Davide Grassani, Martin H. P. Pfeiffer, Tobias J. Kippenberg, Camille-Sophie Brès
Second- and third-order nonlinear wavelength conversion in an all-optically poled Si 3 N 4 waveguide
published pages: 106, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/ol.44.000106
Optics Letters 44/1 2020-01-30
2019 Camille Brès
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Annual conference of the IEEE Photonics Society 2020-01-30
2019 Edgars Nitiss, Tianyi Liu, Davide Grassani, Martin Pfeiffer, Tobias J. Kippenberg, Camille-Sophie Brès
Formation Rules and Dynamics of Photoinduced χ (2) Gratings in Silicon Nitride Waveguides
published pages: , ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b01301
ACS Photonics 2020-01-30
2019 Edgars Nitiss, Tianyi Liu, Tobias J. Kippenberg, Davide Grassani, and Camille-Sophie Brès
Optically Probed Time Dynamics of χ (2) Grating Inscription in SiN Waveguides
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Davide Grassani, Eirini Tagkoudi, Hairun Guo, Clemens Herkommer, Fan Yang, Tobias J. Kippenberg, Camille-Sophie Brès
Mid infrared gas spectroscopy using efficient fiber laser driven photonic chip-based supercontinuum
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09590-3
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-30

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