A new paper on high performance 2 micron arrayed waveguide gratings has just been published. February 27, 2018 (a) Cross-section SEM of a single-mode Si waveguide. Micrographs (b) of an AWG and (c) of an AWG-ring.

Low-loss arrayed waveguide gratings (AWGs) are demonstrated at a 2.0-μm wavelength. These devices promote rapidly developing photonic applications, supported by the recent development of mid-infrared lasers integrated on silicon (Si). Multi-spectral photonic integrated circuits at 2.0-μm are envisioned since the AWGs are fabricated with the 500-nm-thick Si-on-insulator platform compatible with recently demonstrated lasers and semiconductor optical amplifiers on Si. Characterization with the…

Chao Xiang demonstrated a novel scissors design with widely tunable delays and large dynamic range. The device and performance are shown below: January 22, 2018 Layout of a 40 microresonator TTD device.

Abstract—We design, fabricate, and characterize ultra-low loss continuously tunable optical true time delay devices based on Si3N4 ring resonators in a side-coupled integrated spaced sequence of resonators (SCISSOR) structure. A large tunable delay range up to 3.4 ns is demonstrated using the Balanced SCISSOR delay tuning scheme, for a record loss of only 0.89 dB/ns of delay. By optimizing the coupler design a device delay bandwidth of over 10 GHz is achieved with over 0.5 ns maximum time…

An important paper on Epitaxial Quantum Dot lasers on silicon has just been published. December 18, 2017 Record high injection efficiency: 87% 

Important advances: 

  1. Record low threshold current density for growth on (100) Si: 198 A/cm^2 
  2. Record low threshold current for any F-P laser grown on Si
  3. Record high injection efficiency: 87%
  4. Record long lifetime: More than 10 M hours at 35 C.
Congratulations to Chong Zhang for an Invited Paper on the highest capacity transceiver on Si. December 12, 2017 2.56 Tbps Network on Chip

Silicon photonic integration is an enabling technology for power- and cost-effective optical interconnects in exascale performance computers and datacenters which require extremely low power consumption and dense integration for a higher interface bandwidth density. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate a fully integrated optical transceiver network on a silicon substrate using heterogeneous integration. High performance on-chip lasers, modulators and photodetectors are enabled by…

Congratulations to Tony and Paolo for demonstrating broadband integrated MZI optical isolators with 100 nm tuning, which covers the entire S + C telecom bands. November 21, 2017 Paolo Pintus and Tong (Duanni) Huang

We demonstrate integrated optical isolators with broadband behavior for the standard silicon-on-insulator platform. We achieve over 20 dB of optical isolation across 18 nm of optical bandwidth. The isolator is completely electrically controlled and does not require a permanent magnet. Furthermore, we demonstrate the ability to tune the central operating wavelength of the isolator across 100 nm, which covers the entire S + C telecom bands. These devices show promise for integration in optical…

Congratulations to Tin for demonstrating a novel idea to make a very stable arbitrary microwave frequency generator! November 20, 2017 Tin Komljenovic

We demonstrate a technique to precisely control and stabilize the beat frequency of a photonic microwave signal generator based on beating the optical signals of two lasers on a high-speed photodetector. The approach does not require high-speed electronic circuitry, but allows the control of the generated signal frequency up to hundreds of GHz. The demonstrated technique can readily be integrated on a chip-scale device using heterogeneous silicon platform, opening possibilities for…

Congratulations to Justin Norman for winning Best Student Paper award at the 2017 IEEE International Photonics Conference October 24, 2017 Justin Norman

We report 1300 nm continuous wave lasing on an on-axis GaP/Si (001) virtual substrate operating up to 60°C with record low threshold current of 27 mA. Ridge and broad area lasers were fabricated with seven layers of p-modulation doped quantum dots and as-cleaved facets.

Congratulations to Alex Spott and colleagues for a postdeadline paper at the 2017 IEEE International Photonics Conference on the first Interband Cascade Laser on Silicon. October 12, 2017 Alexander Spott

We demonstrate the first interband cascade lasers heterogeneously integrated with silicon waveguides. The 3.6 μm wavelength lasers operate in pulsed mode at room temperature, with threshold currents as low as 394 mA.

High efficiency low threshold current 1.3 μm InAs quantum dot lasers on on-axis (001) GaP/Si September 27, 2017 High efficiency low threshold current 1.3 μm InAs quantum dot lasers on on-axis (001) GaP/Si

As a result of record low threading dislocation densities, the threshold current and threshold current density have gone down in our Quantum Dot lasers, and we see record high wallplug efficiencies for any laser on silicon.

1.3 μm submilliamp threshold quantum dot micro-lasers on Si August 1, 2017 Optica August 2017 cover

The cover of the latest issue of Optica shows the latest quantum dot microring lasers on silicon with record low lasing thresholds.  This is promising for next generation data center interconnects.

Looking for Postdocs (immediately) and Graduate Students for Admission in Fall 2018 July 1, 2017 Bowers Group 2017

We are looking for two photonics students and two postdocs for design, fabrication and testing of photonic integrated circuits. Students should apply to the ECE or Materials departments for Fall 2018 admission. Postdocs should apply directly to Prof. Bowers.

Semiconductor Today article on Quantum Dot Laser and Photodetector Integration June 30, 2017 Semiconductor Today

UCSB and HKUST demonstrated the integration of quantum dot lasers and photodetectors on silicon substrates. An ultra-low dark current of 0.8 nA and an internal responsivity of 0.9 A/W were measured in the O band.

Gordon Kino, 1928-2017 June 29, 2017 Gordon Kino

Gordon Kino was my PhD advisor and a great mentor and researcher.  He was my inspiration and model for a great professor. He will be missed by so many researchers across the world.

The Revolution Has Just Begun: Q&A with John Bowers January 8, 2017 Image of Dr. Bowers

UCSB successfully demonstrated an electrically pumped hybrid silicon laser a decade ago. That advance has paved the way for the commercial production of high-bandwidth silicon photonic devices. Today, Bowers is leading UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency’s involvement in the AIM initiative and is a central figure in this exciting field. Photonics Spectra spoke with Bowers about AIM, his breakthrough work and the impact of integrated photonics on medicine, communications and…

John Bowers awarded 2017 IEEE Photonics Award August 3, 2016 Image of Dr. Bowers and Dr. Komljenovic

John Bowers, Professor of Materials and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the 2017 IEEE Photonics Award in honor of his pioneering research in silicon photonics, including hybrid silicon lasers, photonic integrated circuits, and ultra low-loss waveguides.

Please click on the following link to read on. 

Best Chapter April 13, 2016 UCSB’s student chapter of IEEE’s Photonics Society, with faculty advisor John Bowers (top left)

The UC Santa Barbara student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Photonics Society has been named Chapter of the Year for 2016.

Established four years ago, the student organization of young engineers at UCSB is recognized for its effort in promoting professional growth and career development in the field of photonics. “This international award exemplifies the strength of our local photonics community and the hard work of our members to promote…