MEMS-based integrated photonic elements for ultra-low-power programmability

Programmability and reconfigurability provide exciting opportunities for integrated optics. In particular, the use of microelectromechanical tunable elements in silicon-based integrated photonics offers interesting options for scalable programmable photonics. In this invited talk, we will discuss our recent progress in developing compact, low-power, reconfigurable MEMS-based building blocks, namely tunable directional couplers and phase shifters, for a number of applications in photonic signal processing, computing, and communication.

An invited speaker presentation by Kyoungsik Yu, Associate Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology).

He is driven by exciting research opportunities that have the potential to make a positive impact on society in the future, and he sees that the miniaturization and convergence of photonic integrated circuit platforms have the potential to achieve what has long been considered impossible. He also believes that we are on the cusp of a long-term evolution in photonic integrated circuit technology, and it is difficult to predict what lies ahead, even in the short term.

About Kyoungsik Yu
Kyoungsik Yu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. From 2007, he served as a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, he joined the School of Electrical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests mainly focus on the applications of micro- and nanophotonics in optical interconnects, sensing, and imaging, as well as the development of novel micro-/nanofabrication techniques for optoelectronics applications.

About KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), established in 1971, is the nation’s first research-oriented graduate school in science and technology. With a focus on both basic and applied sciences, KAIST leads strategic R&D projects to foster technological innovation for the betterment of humanity and industrial society. Notably, KAIST graduates represent 20% of all engineering doctorates in Korea, and nearly 25% of Samsung Electronics’ R&D personnel are KAIST graduates.

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Kyoungsik Yu is invited speaker at the 2024 edition of the European Conference on Integrated Optics and will talk about MEMS-based integrated photonic elements.

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