Over the past 20 years, silicon photonics has developed from an academic field to a $750M commercial industry. The growth in internet traffic caused by the proliferation of cloud-based data storage has generated a demand for high bandwidth and low power consumption transceivers in data centers, which is the driving force behind the commercial growth of silicon photonics. However, this disruption will soon extend beyond optical data transmission and migrate into data manipulation, for example through optical logic, all-optical signal processing and optical high-performance computing architectures.
In this talk, I will introduce the core technology and current landscape of the silicon photonics industry, focusing on my past contributions in both academic research and product development. I will then describe my view on the new functions and processes needed to meet the requirements of future photonic system-on-a-chip applications, including nonlinear silicon photonics, 3D optical integration, optical control systems, and advanced packaging.
Dylan Logan is an engineer specializing in photonics and nano-fabrication, and currently leads the silicon photonics team at Ranovus. He graduated from the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University with a B. Eng. in 2007 and a Ph. D. in 2011. His Ph. D. thesis work, under the joint supervision of Prof. Andrew Knights and Prof. Paul Jessop, focused on silicon photonic photo-detection and its application to integrated optical circuits. He conducted one year of his Ph.D. research at the University of Glasgow, where he developed fabrication processes at the James Watt Nanofabrication Center. Dr. Logan then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto from 2011-2013 with Prof. Amr Helmy’s group, where he worked on the design and fabrication of nonlinear optical devices. He joined Ranovus in 2013 as a silicon photonics design engineer, and is now a senior technical lead and also the program manager for next generation technology development.