As happened with electronics in the previous century, research in photonic components and systems is nowadays governed by two main trends: downscaling the size of the components (including their integration on chip) and increasing the speed of their response. To cope with the increasing data rates in communication systems and to capture the fast dynamics of miniaturized photonic components, research on new photonic devices, circuits and systems inevitably requires measuring the fast dynamical response of these devices.
The main objective of this proposal is to study the fast operation of novel photonic components and systems, their dynamic regimes and applications. To reach the objectives we will invest in a new photonic measurement system consisting of a high-speed arbitrary waveform generator, fast photodiodes and a high-speed real-time oscilloscope. This unique set of instruments will enable us to gain considerable insight into the physical effects driving their dynamics and to contribute to the further development of novel, versatile photonic devices and systems.