The Stokes Institute is a partner in the EU-funded project ‘Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS)’, recently awarded under the Horizon 2020 call for Smart Integration Systems.
Widespread usage of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access data-hungry services such as high definition video are already taxing current communications networks, and this data traffic is forecast to grow aggressively over the next five years. The TIPS project will enable photonics devices which are 5x more efficient, resulting in faster optical communications systems, with significantly lower energy consumption, to drive Europe’s growing digital economy.
Stokes is part of a consortium, lead by the Tyndall Institute (Ireland), which includes partners from France, Germany and the Netherlands – the III-V Lab, University of Hamburg, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland, CNRS Institutes (INL, ILM and IMN), LioniX BV, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France, and Communicraft Ltd.
The team at the Stokes Institute, lead by Dr. Jeff Punch and Dr. Eric Dalton, will collaborate closely with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland and LioniX BV to create microfluidic devices to achieve state-of-the-art heat removal techniques from high-density photonics devices. The consortium as a whole features a multidisciplinary set of specialists in photonic device and system design and packaging, thermoelectric materials, and microfluidics.