ENTERAPIC - Energy-Efficient Multi-Terabit/s Photonic Interconnects

Activity Code: ERC-StG-PE7
Principal Investigator: Dr. Christian Koos
Host institution: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


The rapid growth of data traffic requires radically new approaches for high-speed data transmission to increase the bandwidth and power efficiency by orders of magnitude. The proposed research aims at novel system and device concepts for low-energy high-capacity optical interconnects in data centers. Data rates of 10 Tbit/s and beyond are envisaged by coherent multicarrier transmission. Parametric frequency conversion in high-Q Kerr-nonlinear resonators will be used to generate broadband combs of frequency-locked optical carriers. Integrated silicon photonic systems will allow for power-efficient multichannel modulation and detection. Novel reconfigurable optical signal processors will avoid excessive digital post-processing and hence reduce overall energy consumption.

Project details:

Start date: 01-01-2012
End date: 31-12-2016
Duration: 60 months
Project cost: 1498800 Euro
Project Funding: 1498800 Euro
Administrative Contact Person: Berndt KRONIMUS (Dr)