Modern CMOS processes have benefitted from decades of engineering and investment. The intended application of all of this technology development was to manufacture large-scale electronic circuits, but the tools, techniques and general infrastructure has enabled many fields, including several embodiments of integrated photonics. In one case, foundry monolithic CMOS silicon photonics technology has enabled functional system on chip, integration of complete electro-optic subsystems and single-chip transceivers. The most widespread product applications today have instead utilized CMOS tools and techniques to manufacture silicon photonic optical engines. In this talk, Dr. Orcutt will present a view of how CMOS technology is being leveraged to address applications ranging from datacom transceivers to environmental sensors and opticallyenabled microprocessors.
Dr. Jason Orcutt is a Research Staff Member in the Physical Sciences Department at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center. Jason received his Ph.D. degree from MIT 2012 for thesis work demonstrating the first integrated photonic circuits fabricated in foundry CMOS processes. He then stayed in the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT as a research scientist for DARPA’s Photonically Optimized Embedded Microprocessors program, which demonstrated the first microprocessor connected by monolithic optical links. Since joining IBM in 2013, Jason has led photodetector development for the commercial CMOS-integrated nanophotonic processes while contributing to a number of silicon photonic applications. Currently he is the primary investigator for the Cross Quantum Technology Systems grant that seeks to leverage new silicon photonic platforms for quantum-coherent microwave-to-optical transduction.