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The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) approved a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Nanoelectronics Materials Branch and Iris Light Technologies that will focus on the development of hybrid silicon lasers.
Success in getting silicon chips to emit significant amount of light has been recent, but limited. A process that alloys silicon with germanium advanced the technology, though the process is tedious and expensive.
Dr. Chad Husko, CEO and founder of Iris Light, holds a 300-mm silicon wafer. Courtesy of Iris Light.
According to AFRL research scientist Steven McKeown, who is part of a team seeking to develop hybrid devices that integrate lasers with silicon chips, “The problem is that silicon has…