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Phase Change Materials-Based Photonic Computing

HYBRAIN Phase Change Materials-Based Photonic Computing

New Publication by HYBRAIN Consortium Partners Bridges Photonics and Phase Change Materials

Harish Bhaskaran and Wolfram Pernice, prominent figures in the HYBRAIN consortium, have taken on the role of editors for the groundbreaking book, “Phase Change Materials-Based Photonic Computing” (Materials Today).

This publication marks a significant milestone as it is the first to merge the complex disciplines of photonics and phase change materials, offering a comprehensive introduction and future outlooks in these fields.

The book provides a foundational exploration of both photonics computing and phase change materials. Recognised for their potential to revolutionise photonic neuromorphic computing, phase change materials are highlighted as key functional materials in photonics, similar to silicon’s role in electronics. The publication delves into their switchable and tunable properties, emphasising their scalability and commercial viability, which have already been proven in various technologies.

“Phase Change Materials-Based Photonic Computing” addresses the critical need for integration between the established field of photonics and the dynamic capabilities of phase change materials. By offering clear definitions, historical context, and discussions on the latest advances, the book aims to equip researchers and practitioners with the necessary knowledge to drive innovation in this promising area.

The book is an essential resource for academics and industry professionals working in materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, and computing. It comes enriched with video lectures accompanying each chapter, providing an engaging multimedia learning experience.

As editors, Bhaskaran and Pernice bring their extensive expertise to this publication, setting a new standard for interdisciplinary research in materials today. Their work not only highlights the challenges and opportunities within these fields but also provides valuable insights into the future directions of photonic computing.

The release of “Phase Change Materials-Based Photonic Computing” is especially pertinent for the HYBRAIN project, as it directly complements HYBRAIN’s focus on advancing photonic and electronic systems.

Edited by HYBRAIN consortium partners, the book’s insights into integrating photonics with phase change materials are crucial for refining the project’s innovative computing technologies, potentially accelerating HYBRAIN’s development of ultra-fast, energy-efficient AI solutions that are essential for future scientific and industrial applications.