The Emergence of Silicon Photonics as a Flexible Technology Platform

Milan M. Milosevic, Stevan Stankovic, Scott Reynolds, Thalia Dominguez Bucio, Ke Li, David J. Thomson, Frederic Gardes, Graham T. Reed
2018 Proceedings of the IEEE  
| In this paper, we present a brief history of silicon photonics from the early research papers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to the potentially revolutionary technology that exists today. Given that other papers in this special issue give detailed reviews of key aspects of the technology, this paper will concentrate on the key technological milestones that were crucial in demonstrating the capability of silicon photonics as both a successful technical platform, as well as indicating the
more » ... as indicating the potential for commercial success. The paper encompasses discussion of the key technology areas of passive devices, modulators, detectors, light sources, and system integration. In so doing, the paper will also serve as an introduction to the other papers within this special issue.
doi:10.1109/jproc.2018.2854372 fatcat:fj7xtb4qqnct5k6nar72q6dsqa