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Integrated Photonics: A Tale of Two Materials

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With its suitability for monolithic integration for optics and photonics, silicon has been widely hailed as the material of the future. But graphene — with its capacity for signal emission, transmission and detection — could be the next disruptive technology.

MICHAEL D. WHEELER, MANAGING EDITOR, [email protected]

Last July, the U.S. unveiled a national institute for integrated photonics backed by $600 million in federal, state and private funding. The Rochester, N.Y.-based American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, better known as AIM Photonics, brings together academia, federal research institutions and companies in an effort to emulate the successes of the electronics industry over the past 40 years. The reason for the fanfare and concerted effort lies in the exciting breakthroughs integrated photonics promises: the development of chips capable of controlling the relative phase...Read full article

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