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Conventional computing systems are limited in performance by the well-known von Neumann bottleneck, arising from the physical separation of processor and memory units. The use of electrical signals in such systems also limits computing speeds and introduces significant energy losses. There is thus a pressing need for unconventional computing approaches, ones that can exploit the high bandwidths/speeds and low losses intrinsic to photonics. A promising platform for such a purpose is that offered by integrated phase-change photonics. Here, chalcogenide phase-change materials are incorporated into standard integrated photonics devices to deliver wide-ranging computational functionality, including non-volatile memory and fast, low-energy arithmetic and neuromorphic processing. We report the development of a compact behavioral model for integrated phase change photonic devices, one which is fast …
Publication date: 
26 Jul 2021

Santiago Carrillo, Alessio Lugnan, Emanuele Gemo, Peter Bienstman, Wolfram Pernice, Harish Bhaskaran, David Wright

Biblio References: 
Journal of Lightwave Technology