InPAC Photonic Systems Laboratory

InPAC Photonic Systems Laboratory is used by the InPAC members to characterise optical and electrical properties of the fabricated photonic integrated circuits. It houses photonic device and optical communications test and measurement equipment and allows rapid in-house characterisation of devices to enable the complete loop of design, fabrication and characterisation to occur iteratively before system level testing. InPAC has invested in equipment for both the rapid characterisation of new photonic chips, and stable coupling to these devices for long-running photonic systems tests. Equipment includes tuneable lasers (S, C and L-band), fibre amplifiers, optical spectrum analyser, Finisar WaveAnalyser and WaveShaper, arbitrary waveform generator (65 GSa/s, 25 GHz bandwidth), high speed modulators, high speed and low noise photodetectors, oscilloscope (4 channel, 50 GHz, 160 GSa/s) and high accuracy translation stages.

Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF)

The InPAC members are using the MNRF for the fabrication of photonic integrated circuits. The MNRF brings together diverse and high quality multidisciplinary micro and nano technology research into a single hub. RMIT has operated cleanroom fabrication and metrology facilities for over 30 years. The MNRF has comprehensive facilities for the design, modelling, fabrication, packaging, and characterisation of micro and nano scale devices. 17 laboratories are housed within the 2,500 square metre facility.

RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF)

The InPAC members are using the RMMF to analyse the dimensions and surface roughness of fabricated photonic integrated circuits. The RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF) is the largest multi-disciplinary microscopy and microanalysis facility in Victoria. Centrally funded as a core research facility, it houses ~15 major instruments including state-of-the-art electron microscopes, surface analysis and microanalysis instrumentation allowing researchers to perform cutting edge research across engineering and the sciences.

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN)

The InPAC members are using the MCN for the fabrication of photonic integrated circuits. The MCN is a world-class nanofabrication centre, combining cutting edge technologies with the knowledge and skills of expert process engineers. The MCN is located in the heart of the South-East Melbourne Innovation Precinct and is openly accessible to any researchers in academia or industry. The MCN represents a +$50 million investment in micro- and nanofabrication infrastructure as a joint venture between six Victorian Universities and the CSIRO. It is the headquarters of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), a network of open-access micro and nanofabrication capabilities spread across 20 locations across Australia.