Electronics and Photonics at UCSB

The research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) leverages and applies the world-class materials expertise, which is prevalent on the campus. This has enabled compound semiconductor and silicon applications to flourish in the areas of high speed, high performance electronics and optoelectronic devices. From the fabrication of the fundamental materials through characterization and the realization of complex devices and integrated circuits, our researchers are driving these fields to new frontiers.

Activities include: investigations of novel device structures and their applications for millimeter-wave and optical integrated circuits and components, including integration of photonic and electronic circuits on silicon. Some typical applications include optical interconnects, millimeter-wave analog systems, solid state lighting, terahertz imaging, and optical communications and photonic networks.

Electronics and  Photonics at UCSB

Centers and facilities that comprise the electronics and photonics engineering program at UCSB include:

Photonic Integration for Coherent Optics (PICO)
UCSB together with a number of industry and university partners is collaborating in the Center on Photonic Integration for Coherent Optics (PICO). The goal of this comprehensive Center is to create a new generation of photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which can pack many optical components onto a single chip, and are intended to be the basis of powerful new optical communications and com- puting systems. PICO will create these photonics devices, which promise to revolutionize computing and communications, enabling much greater quantities of data to be transmitted over long-distance networks and would improve the efficiency and density of shorter links in data centers or within computers.

Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC)
Researchers with the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) will develop the technology necessary for a new generation of Ethernet a thousand times faster, and much more energy efficient, than today’s most advanced networks. They are aiming for 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber—1 trillion bits per second— by 2015, with the ultimate goal of enabling 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020. In order to meet the complexity, cost, power and footprint requirements of future Terabit Ethernet, Green photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and high performance electronics as well as Ethernet protocols, systems and Terabit applications are areas addressed in the center research.

UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE)
The institute is focused on energy efficiency research comprised of six solution groups: Buildings & Design, Lighting, Computing, Elec­tronics and Photonics, Production & Storage and Economics and Policy.

California NanoSystems Institute at UC Santa Barbara (CNSI)
The University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at Los Angeles have joined to build the California Nano­systems Institute (CNSI);which will facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to develop the information, biomedical and manufacturing technologies that will dominate science and economy in the 21st century.

Electronics and  Photonics at UCSB

UCSB Nanofabrication Facility (Nanotech)
The UCSB Nanofabrication facility is the basis for much of the compound semiconductor research at UCSB. We support a broad line of lithography, thin-film deposition, reactive ion etching, and characterization tools in support of device fabrication for a variety of materials, including InP, GaAs, GaN, SiC, Si, and other novel materials. The facility is available for industry to utilize.

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