Best student paper award to Vasilis Katopodis at SPIE West 2018

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PCRL PhD candidate Vasilis Katopodis was honoured with the single best student paper award at Conference: SPIE West 2018 – Optical Communications: Devices to Systems, Conference 10561 – Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems VII, for the paper:

Optical terabit transmitter and receiver based on passive polymer and InP technology for high-speed optical connectivity between datacenters
Paper 10561-6
presented at 30 January 2018 • 9:45 – 10:00 AM, in San Fransisco, California, USA


Vasilis Katopodis, Christos Tsokos, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece); David de Felipe, Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (Germany); Maria Spyropoulou, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece); Agnieszka Konczykowska, III-V Lab. (France); Alessandro Aimone, Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (Germany); Panos Groumas, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece); Jean-Yves Dupuy, Filipe Jorge, III-V Lab. (France); Haik Mardoyan, Rafael Rios Müller, Jeremie Renaudier, Philippe Jennevé, Fabien Boitier, Nokia Bell Labs. (France); Annachiara Pagano, Marco Quagliotti, Diego Roccato, TelecomitaliaLAB (Italy); Tom Keinicke Johansen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark); Marcello Tienforti, Antonello Vannucci, Cordon Group (Italy); Heinz-Gunter Bach, Norbert Keil, Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (Germany); Hercules Avramopoulos, Christos Kouloumentas, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)


A hybridly integrated multi-format transmitter and coherent receiver based on passive polymers and InP photonics and electronics are presented. The transmitter is capable of selective mQAM modulation using two integrated 3-bit power DACs for driving an array of two InP Mach Zehnder modulators assisted by a passive polymer platform for guiding the optical light on chip and for combining the In-phase and Quadrature-phase components of the modulated signal output. The coherent receiver comprises an optical hybrid front-end and a quad InP photodiode array followed by a high speed InP-DHBT TIA pair. Their transmission performance is experimentally evaluated up to 25Gbaud.

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