News vom 28.07.2017
Optical signal processing offers advantages with respect to bandwidth and is typically much more energy-efficient than electrical signal processing. Furthermore, optical signal transmission is less lossy since high-speed fibre-optic communication networks build the “backbone” of the internet. In addition to these advantages, optical oscillators (lasers) show some fundamentally better spectral properties than their electronic counterparts.
The goal of the Priority Programme is to address novel nanophotonic/nanoelectronic systems by investigating fundamental photonic-electronic signal processing concepts and novel integrated system architectures using electronic and photonic processing on the same chip. The general goal of the programme is therefore to investigate how combined photonic-electronic systems using a huge optical bandwidth as well as emerging nanophotonic/nanoelectronic integration technologies could allow ultra-broadband signal processing and ultra-low-jitter clocks. Another goal is to disrupt the current bandwidth and jitter limitations of purely electronic respectively conventional photonic-electronic systems by orders of magnitude.