ORC Seminar Series

"Photonic Integration at CIP Technologies"

Speaker: Michael Robertson

Date: 5 August 2009

Time: 2pm

Venue: Mountbatten Seminar Room


CIP Technologies was set up 6 years ago based at Adastral Park near Ipswich. It was formed from what had  formerly been BT’s Photonics Technology Research Centre. Its main focus is developing optical sub-systems based on hybrid photonic integration. The hybrid photonic integration technology uses InP devices as “active” elements eg gain blocks and silica waveguides as “passive” elements eg for routeing. It is the photonic equivalent of the printed circuit board. CIP’s capabilities include InP based device design and fabrication and planar silica device design and fabrication, and cover the whole area from epitaxial wafer growth through to high speed systems measurements. In this talk, the photonic integration technology development at CIP will be described and recent results presented.


Michael Robertson has over 20 years experience working on photonic devices for telecommunications. Following a PhD at Durham on cadmium sulphide solar cells, he joined BT Labs working on laser reliability for optical telecommunications. After this, he developed a high reliability planar InGaAs PIN photodiode for submarine optical communications and he successfully transferred this to manufacturing at BT&D (later part of Agilent). He was part of the team at BT that won the Queen’s Award for Technology in 1993 for its work on optoelectronic materials and devices. Since then he has managed research on components for optical fibre systems including expanded mode lasers, semiconductor optical amplifiers, electroabsorption modulators and optical switches. He is currently VP Research programmes within CIP Technologies.

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