Electronic and Photonic Devices

Pursuing theoretical and experimental research for next generation devices.

We explore various device technologies, material science and device architectures to dramatically improve power and RF device performance to achieve higher efficiency, high linearity and much wider frequency band. We develop novel photonic integrated circuits to improve performance and reduce cost in optical communications applications.

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  • News & Events

    •  NEWS   MERL Scientists Presented 5 Papers Including 2 Invited Talks at Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2020
      Date: March 8, 2020 - March 13, 2020
      MERL Contacts: Devesh Jha; Toshiaki Koike-Akino; Keisuke Kojima; David Millar; Kieran Parsons; Ye Wang
      Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
      Brief
      • Due to COVID-19, MERL Optical Team scientists remotely presented 5 papers including 2 invited talks at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2020, that was held in San Diego from March 8-13, 2020. Topics presented include recent advances in quantum signal processing, channel coding design, nano-optic power splitter, and deep learning-based integrated photonics. In addition, Dr. Kojima gave an invited workshop talk on deep learning-based nano-photonic device optimization.

        OFC is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. The program is comprehensive from research to marketplace, from components to systems and networks and from technical sessions to the exhibition. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move the industry forward. The five-day technical conference features peer reviewed presentations and more than 180 invited speakers, the thought leaders in the industry presenting the highlights of emerging technologies. Additional technical programming throughout the week includes special symposia, special sessions, in-depth tutorials, workshops, panels and the thought-provoking rump session.
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    •  NEWS   MERL researcher Keisuke Kojima appointed as an Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
      Date: January 1, 2020
      Where: IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
      MERL Contact: Keisuke Kojima
      Research Areas: Communications, Electronic and Photonic Devices
      Brief
      • Dr. Keisuke Kojima, Senior Principal Research Staff of MERL and Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA), has been appointed as Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.

        IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology is a semi-monthly hybrid open-access journal, co-sponsored by seven IEEE technical societies and OSA, has been publishing leading work in optical waveguide technologies and their applications, from integrated photonics to optical networks.
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  • Internships

    • MD1370: Machine Learning based DPD for Power Amplifier

      MERL is looking for a talented intern to work on the next generation Digital-predistortion algorithms for power amplifier linearization such as 5G. The development of a DPD system involves aspects of signal processing and statistical algorithm design, RF components and instrumentation, digital hardware and software. It is therefore both a challenging and intellectually rewarding experience. This will involve MATLAB coding, interfacing to test equipment such as power sources, signal generators and analyzers and construction and calibration of RF component assemblies. The ideal candidate should have knowledge and experience in adaptive signal processing, machine learning, and radio communication. Good practical laboratory skills are needed. RF semiconductor devices and circuit knowledge is a plus. Duration is 3 to 6 months.

    • MD1441: Advanced Phased Array Transceiver

      MERL is looking for a highly motivated, and qualified individual to join our internship program of advanced phased array research. The ideal candidate should be a senior Ph.D. student with rich experience in beam forming technologies. Knowledge of wireless communication, transceiver architecture, and digital signal processing, FPGA and/or Matlab programming skills are required. RF circuits knowledge will be a plus. Duration is 3-6 months with a flexible start date.


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  • Recent Publications

    •  Fehenberger, T., Millar, D.S., Koike-Akino, T., Kojima, K., Parsons, K., Griesser, H., "Huffman-coded Sphere Shaping and Distribution Matching Algorithms via Lookup Tables", IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2020.2987210, Vol. 38, No. 10, pp. 2825 - 2833, April 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-051 PDF
      • @article{Fehenberger2020apr2,
      • author = {Fehenberger, Tobias and Millar, David S. and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Kojima, Keisuke and Parsons, Kieran and Griesser, Helmut},
      • title = {Huffman-coded Sphere Shaping and Distribution Matching Algorithms via Lookup Tables},
      • journal = {IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology},
      • year = 2020,
      • volume = 38,
      • number = 10,
      • pages = {2825 -- 2833},
      • month = apr,
      • doi = {10.1109/JLT.2020.2987210},
      • issn = {1558-2213},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-051}
      • }
    •  Zhang, S., Zhang, S., Wang, B., Habetler, T., "Deep Learning Algorithms for Bearing Fault Diagnostics – A Comprehensive Review", IEEE Access, March 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-034 PDF
      • @article{Zhang2020mar,
      • author = {Zhang, Shen and Zhang, Shibo and Wang, Bingnan and Habetler, Thomas},
      • title = {Deep Learning Algorithms for Bearing Fault Diagnostics – A Comprehensive Review},
      • journal = {IEEE Access},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = mar,
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-034}
      • }
    •  Tang, Y., Kojima, K., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, Y., Wu, P., TaherSima, M., Jha, D., Parsons, K., Qi, M., "Deep Neural Network Inverse Design of Integrated Nanophotonic Devices", arXiv, DOI: arXiv:2003.03747, March 2020.
      BibTeX arXiv
      • @article{Tang2020mar2,
      • author = {Tang, Yingheng and Kojima, Keisuke and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Ye and Wu, Pengxiang and TaherSima, Mohammad and Jha, Devesh and Parsons, Kieran and Qi, Minghao},
      • title = {Deep Neural Network Inverse Design of Integrated Nanophotonic Devices},
      • journal = {arXiv},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = mar,
      • doi = {arXiv:2003.03747},
      • url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/2003.03747}
      • }
    •  Kojima, K., TaherSima, M., Koike-Akino, T., Jha, D., Tang, Y., Parsons, K., Sang, F., Klamkin, J., "Deep Neural Networks for Designing Integrated Photonics", Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/OFC.2020.Th1A.6, March 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-057 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Kojima2020mar,
      • author = {Kojima, Keisuke and TaherSima, Mohammad and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Jha, Devesh and Tang, Yingheng and Parsons, Kieran and Sang, Fengqiao and Klamkin, Jonathan},
      • title = {Deep Neural Networks for Designing Integrated Photonics},
      • booktitle = {Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = mar,
      • publisher = {OSA},
      • doi = {https://doi.org/10.1364/OFC.2020.Th1A.6},
      • isbn = {978-1-943580-71-2},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-057}
      • }
    •  Tang, Y., Kojima, K., Koike-Akino, T., Wang, Y., Wu, P., TaherSima, M., Jha, D., Parsons, K., Qi, M., "Generative Deep Learning Model for a Multi-level NanoOptic Broadband Power Splitter", Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC), DOI: 10.1364/OFC.2020.Th1A.1, March 2020, pp. Th1A.1.
      BibTeX TR2020-025 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Tang2020mar,
      • author = {Tang, Yingheng and Kojima, Keisuke and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Wang, Ye and Wu, Pengxiang and TaherSima, Mohammad and Jha, Devesh and Parsons, Kieran and Qi, Minghao},
      • title = {Generative Deep Learning Model for a Multi-level NanoOptic Broadband Power Splitter},
      • booktitle = {Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC)},
      • year = 2020,
      • pages = {Th1A.1},
      • month = mar,
      • publisher = {OSA},
      • doi = {10.1364/OFC.2020.Th1A.1},
      • isbn = {978-1-943580-71-2},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-025}
      • }
    •  Tang, Y., Kojima, K., Gotoda, M., Nishikawa, S., Hayashi, S., Koike-Akino, T., Parsons, K., Meissner, T., Song, B., Sang, F., Yi, X., Klamkin, J., "Design and Optimization of Shallow-Angle Grating Coupler for Vertical Emission from Indium Phosphide Devices", SPIE Photonics West, DOI: 10.1117/12.2545082, February 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-024 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Tang2020feb,
      • author = {Tang, Yingheng and Kojima, Keisuke and Gotoda, Mitsunobu and Nishikawa, Satoshi and Hayashi, Shusaku and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Parsons, Kieran and Meissner, Thomas and Song, Bowen and Sang, Fengqiao and Yi, Xiongsheng and Klamkin, Jonathan},
      • title = {Design and Optimization of Shallow-Angle Grating Coupler for Vertical Emission from Indium Phosphide Devices},
      • booktitle = {Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11283: Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XXIV},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = feb,
      • publisher = {SPIE},
      • doi = {10.1117/12.2545082},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-024}
      • }
    •  Liu, F., Zhu, H., Li, C., Li, J., Wang, P., Orlik, P.V., "Angular-Domain Channel Estimation for One-Bit Massive MIMO Systems: Performance Bounds and Algorithms", IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, DOI: 10.1109/TVT.2020.2966003, Vol. 69, No. 3, January 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-009 PDF
      • @article{Liu2020jan,
      • author = {Liu, Fangqing and Zhu, Heng and Li, Changheng and Li, Jian and Wang, Pu and Orlik, Philip V.},
      • title = {Angular-Domain Channel Estimation for One-Bit Massive MIMO Systems: Performance Bounds and Algorithms},
      • journal = {IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology},
      • year = 2020,
      • volume = 69,
      • number = 3,
      • month = jan,
      • doi = {10.1109/TVT.2020.2966003},
      • issn = {0018-9545},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-009}
      • }
    •  Teng, M., Safian, R., Alahmadi, Y., Zhuang, L., Kojima, K., "Miniaturized silicon photonics devices for integrated optical signal processors", IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2019.2943251, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 6-17, January 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-010 PDF
      • @article{Teng2020jan,
      • author = {Teng, Min and Safian, Reza and Alahmadi, Yousef and Zhuang, Leimeng and Kojima, Keisuke},
      • title = {Miniaturized silicon photonics devices for integrated optical signal processors},
      • journal = {IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology},
      • year = 2020,
      • volume = 38,
      • number = 1,
      • pages = {6--17},
      • month = jan,
      • doi = {10.1109/JLT.2019.2943251},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2020-010}
      • }
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