The computing needs grow at an alarming speed, increasing 100 times every two years. However, the performance improvement of conventional electronic microprocessors has begun to slow down due to the fundamental physical limitations of electronics in speed, efficiency, and complexity. The intermediate solution of stacking processors to shorten the computing time also leads to insurmountable power consumption. This insufficiency is increasingly apparent in applications involving complex systems with wideband and real-time requirements. Breaking the limitations requires new physics and new processing models beyond conventional microelectronics.
Our research will develop new computing platforms by consolidating the strengths of optical physics and brain-like computing models. The developed photonics technology will enable new applications that have extreme bandwidth and latency requirements and are acutely hindered by the physical limitations of microelectronics. We aims to bring real-time, low-power photonic intelligence to the presently inaccessible and unexplored computing and information application realm.
- Large-scale integrated photonic circuits for photonic computing
- Photonic neuromorphic computing
- Signal processing with photonic neural networks
- Computational imaging with photonic devices