Plasmonics has been researched for almost two decades confirming its extraordinary properties for a range of possible applications including sensors, high-bandwidth data communications and even ultra-low energy and footprint signal processing functions. However, turning plasmonics into a commercially attractive technology has to proceed over CMOS compatible metals and fabrication processes that can seamlessly and cost-effectively bridge plasmonics with CMOS photonic and electronic technologies to ensure volume manufacturing credentials. In this talk, we will present the recent progress in bringing plasmonics into CMOS foundries exploiting Aluminum as the plasmonic metal and highlighting a number of successful applications in high-sensitivity plasmo-photonic sensors and datacommunications accomplished within the H2020 project PlasmoFab, discussing also the perspectives for enabling powerful plasmo-photonic neuromorphic computing engines as is currently pursued within the H2020 project PlasmoNIAC.
Dr. Nikos Pleros is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Head of the Win.Phos research group at AUTH’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation. His research interests include all areas of photonics and plasmonics and their applications in computing, sensing and communication networks. He has coordinated several FP7 and H2020 European projects and received the AUTH Excellence Award 2018 for his project funding ID. He has received the 2003 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, while he was proud to (co-) supervise three more Fellowship winners during their PhD.