ELENA ‒ First European Lithium Niobate on Insulator PIC Platform

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ELENA ‒ First European Lithium Niobate on Insulator PIC Platform

The ELENA project (“European electro-optic and nonlinear PIC platform based on lithium niobate”; H2020 project, grant agreement n° 101016138) promises to benefit the entire photonics sector by developing the first European lithium niobate on insulator (LNOI)-based platform for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). ELENA will also establish the first open-access foundry service for LNOI technology. The foundry service will feature a Process Design Kit (PDK) library.

The platform will be open to all interested stakeholders from the photonics industry and R&D at an affordable price. ELENA also plans to develop a fully European industrial supply chain for the LNOI technology including LNOI wafer manufacturing, a high-yield fabrication process for the foundry service, a design software to incorporate the PDK, and packaging and interfacing of LNOI PICs. The partnership includes end users who will demonstrate the use of the technology and validate the results by developing PICs for applications in telecom, quantum technologies and microwave photonics.

LNOI is a novel electro-optic and nonlinear PIC platform. It offers enhanced performance and new functionalities for ultra-high-speed telecom networks, optical signal processing, programmable PICs, sensing and spectroscopy, LIDAR applications, quantum information processing and quantum computing.


ELENA is coordinated by the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM). The ten partners (short names in brackets) are:

1) Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM);
3) VPIphotonics GmbH (VPI);
4) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ);
5) Vanguard Automation GmbH (VA);
8) Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH & Co. KG (ROS);
9) L-up SAS (LUP);

ELENA's total budget is five million Euros, and the project duration is forty-two months (1 January 2022 to 30 June 2025).

Website: www.project-elena.eu
LinkedIn: H2020-ELENA
Contact: contact@project-elena.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 101016138.

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