IRIS: Integrated Reconfigurable sIlicon phonic Switch (2014-2017)

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IRIS aims at fabricating a highly integrated, scalable, transparent and high capacity WDM Photonic Switch used as an Transponder Aggregator (TPA), a novel function which will be added to existing ROADM nodes without disrupting their architecture while adding attributes such as colourless, directionless and contention
For Metro networks, this switch will provide flexibility, energy efficiency, very small footprint,low cost and faster reconfigurability (microsecond regime) as they are particularly required in this segment of the network and, in conjunction with an intelligent control and management plane, it will empower future software defined networking (SDN).
This novel integrated switch architecture is also suitable for Data Center networking due to its capability to manage large throughput in a single chip with low cost, low footprint and low power consumption.

The new TPA will be based on a fully integrated electro-photonic device realized by using Silicon Photonics wi


SiQuro: On silicon chip quantum optics for quantum computing and secure communications (2013-2017)

SiQuro logoSIQURO aims at bringing the quantum world into integrated photonics by using the silicon platform and, therefore, permitting in a natural way the integration of quantum photonics with electronics. In this way, by using the same successful paradigm of microelectronics, the vision is to have low cost and mass manufacturable integrated quantum photonic circuits for a variety of different applications in quantum computing, secure communications and services. This will be achieved on one side by engineering the optical properties of silicon by using nanotechnology and material sciences and on the other side by developing suitable quantum theories to predict the properties of photons in such a specific systems.


FIRB NEMATIC: Nanoporous materials: self assembled blackboard to study structure and interactions of DNA (2013-2017)

FIRB logo NEMATIC aims at developing a totally new analytical platform able to study the effects of proteins on nucleic acid structure and topology. Such analysis will be performed investigating electrically driven translocation events of DNA molecules through nanopore-based microarrays.
The porous blackboard developed by NEMATIC will constitute an important step towards the realization of analytical systems able to:
- detect biological molecules on the basis of biochemical and steric interactions;
- detect DNA modifications followed by interactions with proteins and describe which type of modifications occurred, based on a multiplexed approach,
- analyze complex mechanisms involved in genome stability.