Silicon photonics platforms for optical communication systems, outlook on future developments

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This paper reviews recent progress in silicon photonics and compares it with other optical device platforms. The key components for optical communication systems, including arrayed waveguide gratings, optical switches, modulators and optical functional devices fabricated on silicon photonics platforms are explained. The integration of III-V compounds, lithium niobate, polymers, phase change and other functional materials are necessary to strengthen silicon photonics platforms. These are also reviewed, and the feasibilities are discussed. Finally, I express my personal view as to the best research direction for silicon photonics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalIEICE Electronics Express
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 25


  • Arrayed waveguide grating
  • III-V compounds
  • Optical modulator
  • Optical switch
  • Phase change material
  • Planar lightwave circuit
  • Silicon photonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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