The leading thread of this NoE is photonic integration. The integration of complex or high performance photonic functions will become the key enabler for a cost-effective and ubiquitous deployment of photonics in a wide range of applications, including ICT, sensors and biomedical applications.
The technologies needed for photonic integrated components and circuits are characterised by high investment and exploitation cost. This calls for more integration of research at an international level.
Therefore the mission of the ePIXnet is three-fold. The first objective is to stimulate the restructuring of the photonic integration research community from a model of independent or collaborative research towards a model of integrated research. The second is to stimulate training activities as well as integration of educational programs. The third objective is to stimulate new opportunities for photonic integration in a wide range of application domains.
The NoE will contribute to the strategic objective: Optical, opto-electronic, photonic functional components and will focus on five major themes: photonic integration technology, nanophotonics, advanced semiconductor materials, ultrafast light sources and ultrafast signal processing. The network brings together most of Europe's strongest academic and industrial actors and will contribute to the quality of education and research by stimulating long lasting partnerships and by providing access to unique facilities and knowledge in the field. To this end the steering committee has selected 5 specific Facility Access Activities and 9 specific Joint Research Activities on the basis of their potential for research integration. The network will also develop an active program of exchange of researchers, of institutional collaboration agreements, web-based information exchange and dissemination etc.