Integrated photonic devices on silicon nitride for next-generation passive optical networks
Passive optical networks (PON) are a key technology to provide broadband Internet services to personal and business users through high-speed fibre cables. This technology has been deployed worldwide for local and access networks. In order to accommodate the drastically increased data volume, the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) has recently defined a 40-Gb/s capacity PON system. In this project, we are developing integrated optical solutions for next-generation PON systems to enable a higher data transmission capacity through multiple frequency channels. Our technology is based on a unique process platform in Canada and will contribute to Canada's leadership in optical communication technology and potential economic benefits in this rapidly growing market.