"On-chip alignment of flexible optical waveguides" – Presented by Marcel Tichem, Delft University of Technology

The technology for the fabrication of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) has advanced considerably over the past decades. New generations of photonic packages integrate multi-port PICs from different material platforms to provide more functionality and performance. The assembly and packaging of these devices has become the major cost driver in manufacturing.

The most critical step in photonic packaging is the precision alignment (±0.1μm) of the components and waveguides. We propose a concept and designs where MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) functionality is integrated with one of the chips in the package to take care of the fine-alignment of flexible waveguide beams.

About Marcel Tichem

Marcel Tichem is an Associate Professor in the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, TU Delft. His research focuses on integration and assembly on the small scale. Topics include nano-scale heterogeneous patterning, self-assembly and the use of micro-fabrication and MEMS for photonic alignment.

About Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME), Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), Delft University of Technology

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering addresses fundamental questions and application challenges related to technologies and methodologies for high-tech systems and scientific instrumentation. Our specific mission is to integrate nano science into mechanical engineering. Research spans from nanomaterials and micro-devices to mechatronic systems, as well as numerical design support and optimization.

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