PICTURE consortium cleanrooms and laser laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research

We are delighted that,  in accordance with guidance from the various governments across Europe encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, many of the PICTURE consortium cleanrooms and laser laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research and development work. 

This has been carried out following risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures to ensure safety is maintained on site at all times. 

We are operating with reduced occupancy and added precautions so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our main priority, and government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so. 

The resumption of work is good news for our research and enterprise activities, which have been impacted by campus and institutional shutdowns. 

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your support ensures our communities continue to thrive.


To tackle COVID-19 European governments are imposing restrictions on our daily activities for the foreseeable future. As individuals, and as a community, we have a shared responsibility to follow the latest public advice as strictly as possible to tackle the spread of COVID-19. 
At a time of global crisis, the  PICTURE consortium  is rising to the challenge. We are now working from home and most of our laboratories and clean room complexes are closed. 
It is not business as usual but our business does not stop.
We have a unique opportunity to think, to progress our work via innovative design and modelling, to write papers , and to use digital technology to engage with the community in innovative ways. Our operations have swiftly migrated online and we will update our partners and collaborators on effective ways of working with us as appropriate.
We are proud of the fact that over many decades our contributions to the global internet are helping keep the world running through this difficult time. It is a timely reminder that connectivity provides resilience and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that that the next generation of optoelectronic hardware is available when we need it.
We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support and positive energy ensure our community continues to thrive.

High Performance and High Yield Heterogeneous III-V/Si 

Photonic Integrated Circuits using a Thin and UnifoRm Bonding LayEr

The objective of PICTURE project is to develop a photonic integration technology by bonding multi-III-V-dies of different epitaxial stacks to SOI wafers with a thinner and uniform dielectric bonding layer. This heterogeneous integration platform will enable higher performance lasers and photo-detectors using the optimized III-V dies. In addition, the thinner bonding layer will lead to record performance MOSCAP III-V/Si modulators, and to a new generation of wavelength tunable distributed feedback lasers. Moreover the full process including SOI process, bonding, III-V and back-end process will be made on a 200mm R&D CMOS line, leading to higher yield, smaller footprint and lower cost PICs. Two types of PICs with a total capacity of 400Gb/s will be developed, packaged and validated in system configuration.

In parallel, PICTURE project will develop direct growth of high performance quantum-dot lasers and selective area growth on bonded templates for high density future generation of PICs.

The project is coordinated by III-V Lab, and includes University of Southampton, CEA, University College London, Imec, Tyndall, Argotech and Nokia Bell Labs. The consortium is highly complementary, covering all skills required to achieve the project objectives: growth of semiconductor materials, silicon process and III-V process, design and characterization of PICs, prototyping and assessment of PICs in high bit rate digital communication systems:

Apart from the adequacy of the consortium to achieve collectively the project objectives, the consortium partners have the potential to set up a comprehensive supply chain for the future exploitation of the project results, either by exploiting the results “in house” or by setting up suitable partnerships.

Project Support

III-V Labs
Campus de Polytechnique
1, avenue Augustin Fresnel
F-91767 Palaiseau Cedex
Phone : + 33 1 69 41 55 00
Arnaud Wilk

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