Past Projects

logo_PARADIGMPARADIGM (Photonic Advanced Research And Development for Integrated Generic Manufacturing)

FP7-IP 2010-2014

The objective of PARADIGM is to effect a fundamental change in the way photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on indium phosphide (InP) are designed and manufactured in Europe, with the aim of reducing the costs of design, development and manufacture and making more complex and capable designs possible than ever before.
Our group will help to establish a generic, design-rule and library-based methodology for photonic ICs thanks to our experience in characterization and our unique circuit simulator Aspic (


logo_SAPPHIRESAPPHIRE (Shared Access Platform to PHotonic Integrated REsources)

PRIN 2009: 2011-2013

SAPPHIRE aims to implement an innovative approach to facilitate the access to
photonic integration technological platforms, un particular Silicon Photonics, to
end users, Universities and research centers. The selected silicon foundry is the
Microfabrication Center of the Glasgow University.


SPLASH (Slow Photon Light Activated Switch)logo_SPLASH


SPLASH addresses the issues of optical switches, tuneable delay lines and optical buffering that is essential for realising the vision of all-optical data processing. The consortium is realising these functions by exploring optical slow light structures based on coupled ring resonators and photonic crystal waveguides. W


logo_EuroPICeuroPIC (European manufacturing platform for Photonic
Integrated Circuits)

FP7-STREP: 2009-2011

The main aim of EuroPIC is to develop a generic technology that is capable of realizing complex PICs from a small set of basic building blocks. With this aim, a consortium consisting of Europe’s leading PIC manufacturers, photonic CAD companies and Indium Phosphide (InP)-semiconductor research laboratories has joined forces with a number of pilot users, both SMEs and larger companies.


logo_MITlogo_ClemsonProgetto ROCCA 2010

A cooperation program with MIT (Materials Processing Center/Microphotonics Center, Prof. L. Kimerling) and Clemson University (Materials Science and Engineering, Prof. K. Richardson). The focus is on chalcogenide glass micro-resonators for advanced low-power nonlinear optics and photosensitivity characteristics in the visible and IR spectrum.


logo_NANOCAPNANOCAP (Novel NANOstructured optical Components for CBRN detection and high performance oPto-microwave links)


The aim of this project is to demonstrate a remote controlled mobile platform for sniffing a suspect item and/or dangerous area, having on board a set of complementary CBRNE sensors to provide a safe diagnostic obtained through data fusion between various sensors.
NANOCAP nano-chips are based on photonic detection and optical narrowband filtering and exploit a silicon based nanophotonic technology.


BIOsensors for point detection based on nanostructured opTical components for quick deploYment in an overall CBRN EuroPEan operational capability