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Hemalatha Muthuganesan

PhD Researcher

Hemalatha joined Tyndall National Institute (Dec 2019) as a doctoral student with Brian Corbett, to work on the thesis topic – “Integration of III – V devices with Silicon Photonics”. The studentship is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage (PIADS) which is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Glasgow and the SFI Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), hosted by the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC).The work is to integrate active III-V components, using micro transfer print technology, to produce a more compact, low loss, power efficient silicon PIC with enhanced functionalities. To enable this a in-line approach is considered, where the optical mode is transferred from III-V to silicon waveguide, in comparison to evanescent or other mode transition methods using spot-size converters.

Biography

Hemalatha Muthuganesan received her bachelors (2011) and masters (2013) degree in physics from University of Madras. She worked as project associate in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India (2014). The work involves constructing a broadband optical filter with gold and silver colloids and building z-scan and photoluminescence setups. Then she joined Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja’s lab as project assistant at Center for Nano Science and Engineering in Indian Institute of Science for around 3 years. During which she gained in-depth exposure in photonic simulation software, fabrication and characterization of photonic integrated circuits (PIC).

In December 2019, she joined Tyndall National Institute as a doctoral student with Brian Corbett, to work on the thesis topic – “Integration of III – V devices with Silicon Photonics”. The studentship is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage (PIADS) which is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Glasgow and the SFI Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), hosted by the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC).The work is to integrate active III-V components, using micro transfer print technology, to produce a more compact, low loss, power efficient silicon PIC with enhanced functionalities. To enable this a in-line approach is considered, where the optical mode is transferred from III-V to silicon waveguide, in comparison to evanescent or other mode transition methods using spot-size converters.