Integrated neuromorphic photonics

Bhavin J. Shastri, Mitchell A. Nahmias, Alexander N. Tait, Thomas Ferreira De Lima, Hsuan Tung Peng, Paul R. Prucnal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Neuromorphic photonics is an emerging field at the intersection of photonics and neuromorphic engineering, with the goal of producing accelerated processors that combine the information processing capacity of neuromorphic processing architectures and the speed and bandwidth of photonics. It is motivated by the widening gap between current computing capabilities and computing needs that result from the limitations of conventional, microelectronic processors. Here, I will present these challenges, describe photonic neural-network approaches being developed by our lab and others, and offer a glimpse at this fields future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive Photonic Platforms X
EditorsGanapathi S. Subramania, Stavroula Foteinopoulou
ISBN (Electronic)9781510620131
StatePublished - 2018
EventActive Photonic Platforms X 2018 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 23 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherActive Photonic Platforms X 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Multiply-accumulate (MAC)
  • Neural networks
  • Neuromorphic computing
  • Neuromorphic photonics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
  • Recurrent networks
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Silicon photonics
  • Wavelength-divison multiplexing (WDM)


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