NSF Names Georgia Tech lead Institute for New Integrated Photonics & Electronics Center

Stephen E. Ralph and his research team

Stephen E. Ralph and his research team

The Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded funding to lead a new Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) in Integrated Photonics. Integrated photonics have become a key enabling technology in many commercial, defense and scientific applications such as fiber communications, data centers, RF analog links, quantum computing, and communications and sensing. Defense and aerospace applications of integrated photonics present many challenges for researchers, however they provide enormous opportunities for advancements in the fields.

The EPICA IUCRC was first proposed by faculty of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC), a center within the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN) at Georgia Tech. The GEDC is a cross-disciplinary research center focused on the development of high-speed electronic and photonics components and signal processing to achieve revolutionary system performance. With renowned expertise in advanced photonics research, more than 15 active faculty and over 100 graduate and undergraduate students, the team is poised for success.

EPICA’s foundation recognizes Georgia Tech as the leader in photonic integrated circuits for defense and aerospace applications. EPICA’s establishment will enable the next wave of communications and sensing technologies for LEO and space-borne platforms by designing monolithic solutions for advanced electronic-photonic integrated circuits and systems on the same die and geared specifically for aerospace applications via validation of the performance and reliability of these systems in harsh environments.

EPICA at Georgia Tech is led by Professor Stephen Ralph, Director of GEDC, and includes research teams from the University of Central Florida and Vanderbilt University. Said Professor Ralph, “The success of the Georgia Electronic Design Center as a recognized leader in high-speed electronics and integrated photonics uniquely positioned Georgia Tech to create and lead the new NSF Center. Working with the teams at the University of Central Florida and Vanderbilt, as well as with the more than 20 semiconductor and photonics industry companies that have agreed to join the center, we will solve the most challenging problems and help provide internet services around the planet, enhanced security by enabling robust systems for the DoD and improve environmental sensing of our atmosphere.”

– Christa M. Ernst

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