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SASER – Silicon Photonics

Safe and Secure European Routing


The goal of the SASER research programme is to provide the scientific, technical, and technological concepts and solutions for secure transport networks in the 2020 time frame.

A European solution envisaged by SASER is based on the strengths and expertise in security and high-speed optical transport networks to overcome the bottlenecks and vulnerabilities of today’s electronic all-IP based infrastructure. The envisaged European consortium combines leading equipment providers, network operators, universities and research institutions and offers the prerequisites for a successful development, implementation and standardization of the proposed solutions.

Beitrag des IHP

IHP contributes to SASER in the areas of silicon photonics technology and electronic circuit design for driving InP based devices. Silicon photonic developments at IHP focus on the realization of state-of-the-art transmit and receive devices based on carrier depletion modulators and Germanium photodiodes. This requires work on photonic integrated circuits and integration of photonics in high-performance SiGe:C BiCMOS. In SASER, IHP develops optical receivers with integrated photodiodes and drivers for optical modulators using a new electronic-photonic integrated circuit (ePIC) technology based on IHP’s SiGe:C BiCMOS technologies.


This project has received co-funding from the German ministry of research and education (BMBF), project CELTIC CPP2011/2-5.


  • Technische Universität Berlin /  Hochfrequenztechnik – Photonik (HFT4)
  • AMO GmbH
  • RWTH Aachen / Integrated Photonics (IPH)
  • Universität Stuttgart / Elektrische und Optische Nachrichtentechnik (INT)

Ausgewählte Publikationen

(1) D. Petousi, L. Zimmermann, K. Voigt, and K. Petermann; Performance Limits of Depletion-Type Silicon Mach–Zehnder Modulators for Telecom Applications, IEEE J. Lightwave Technology, 31 (22), 3556 - 3562, November 15, 2013

(2) D. Knoll, St. Lischke, L. Zimmermann, B. Heinemann, D. Micusik, P. Ostrovskyy, G. Winzer, M. Kroh, R. Barth, T. Grabolla, K. Schulz, M. Fraschke, M. Lisker, J. Drews, A. Trusch, A. Krüger, St. Marschmeyer, H.H. Richter, O. Fursenko, Y. Yamamoto, B. Wohlfeil, K. Petermann, A. Beling, Q. Zhou, B. Tillack, Monolithically Integrated 25Gbit/sec Receiver for 1.55µm in Photonic BiCMOS Technology, in Proc. OFC, Th4C.4 , San Francisco (2014).

(3) D. Petousi, L. Zimmermann, A. Gajda, M. Kroh, K. Voigt, G. Winzer, B. Tillack, Klaus Petermann, Analysis of Optical and Electrical Trade-Offs of Traveling-Wave Depletion-Type Si MachZehnder Modulators for High-Speed Operation, IEEE J. Select. Topics Quantum Electronics, 2015 (electronic preprint)

(4) G. Winzer, M. Kroh, S. Lischke, D. Knoll, K. Voigt, H. Tian, C. Mai, D, Petousi, D Micusik, L. Zimmermann, B. Tillack, K. Petermann, Monolithic photonic-electronic QPSK receiver for 28Gbaud, OFC, Los Angeles (2015)

Das Gebäude und die Infrastruktur des IHP wurden finanziert vom Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung, von der Bundesregierung und vom Land Brandenburg.