The IPSR (Integrated Photonic Systems Roadmap), a recent broad collaboration that unified the efforts of multiple established photonics roadmap efforts, describes the key technology bottlenecks for a broad array of applications and most promising solutions to overcome them. This presentation highlights the portion of the roadmap specific to fiber optic communications and within that the implications for the role of electro-optic polymers. Key findings identify critical advances that will be needed over the next decade to support the growth of very high data rate applications. By the end of the decade, integration of electronics with photonics will be part of broad integrated platforms. Innovative materials technologies such as polymers can be useful to enhance integrated photonics platforms with the use of high- speed modulators and passive optical interconnects.
Presently, Michael is driving new frontiers in the integrated photonics field as: CEO and Board Director, Lightwave Logic Inc. Michael is also part-time full Professor and Chair of optoelectronics at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK where he contributes to the European Commission’s programs and pilot lines in integrated photonics. Michael has been involved in photonics for his whole career which began with research for the UK Government R&D labs in 1977, and continued at AT&T Bell Labs in 1984. At that time, Michael’s activities included researching novel optoelectronic devices in III-V compound semiconductors. Michael then went to Motorola’s Corporate R&D labs in 1989 and drove the VCSEL based technology platform to product and high volume manufacturing. He continued his fiber optics roles at AMP/TE Connectivity, and then helped initiate Intel’s silicon photonics work in 1999. In 2001, he founded his own company Ignis Optics to develop OC-48/192 transceivers and subsequently sold the company to Bookham (now Oclaro). Michael then led OIDA (Optoelectronics Industry Development Association) in Washington DC to campaign on behalf of the photonics industry. At OIDA Michael coined the term ‘green photonics’ and established this as discipline in the industry. Michael also spoke on Capitol Hill representing the optoelectronics industry. Since 2010, Michael has been focusing on bringing PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) based technologies to market in various roles that include Solar, LED lighting, and Integrated Photonics for fiber communications. Michael is pursuing high speed polymer based integrated photonics as part of a polymer PIC platform at Lightwave Logic Inc.