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Professor Frank Peters

Research Interests

  • Photonics Integrated Circuits (PICs)
  • Monolithic and Hybrid Integration
  • High Speed Photonic Devices
  • Physics of Optical Waveguides
  • Semiconductor Lasers
  • Planar Optical Devices
  • Computational Modelling
  • Photonics Systems
  • Characterisation and Test
  • Implementation of advanced modulation schemes in PICs
  • Automation and characterisation of Photonic Devices

Professional Activity

Part of the leadership of I-PIC, the Irish Photonics Integration Centre 

Tyndall National Institute
Leads the Integrated Photonics Group, as part of the Photonics centre at the Tyndall National Institut

Teaching Activity


Year  Position 
2014- Professor in Photonics
Department of PhysicsUniversity College Cork, Ireland 
2005-2013 Lecturer in Photonics
Department of PhysicsUniversity College Cork, Ireland 

Member of Technical Staff
Infinera, Sunnyvale, CA, USA

(formerly known as Zepton Networks)

2000-2001 Research Engineer / Manager
Agilent Technologies, San Jose, CA, USA
1993-2000 Principle Scientist / Research and Development Engineer
Optical Concepts / Gore Photonics (W. L. Gore and Associates), Lompoc, CA USA
1991-1993 Research Engineer
ECE DepartmentUCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
1987 Summer Student
Laboratory of Microstructures, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ont. Canada


  • M.DernaikaN.KellyL.Caro, and F.H. Peters, “Single mode semiconductor laser based on coupled cavities of an active ring laser and Fabry Perot”, accepted by IET Optoelectronics, DOI: 10.1049/iet-opt.2017.0062
  • M Dernaika, L Caro, NP Kelly, M Shayesteh and F.H. Peters, “Tunable L-band semiconductor laser based on Mach–Zehnder interferometer”, Optics Communications 402, pp. 56-59, Nov. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.optcom.2017.05.073
  • L.CaroN.KellyM.DernaikaM.ShayestehP.MorrisseyJ.Alexander and F.H. Peters “A Facetless Regrowth-Free Single Mode Laser Based on MMI Couplers”, Optics and Laser Technology 94, pp. 159–164, Sept. 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.optlastec.2017.03.029
  • Justin K. Alexander, Padraic E. Morrissey, Ludovic Caro, Mohamad Dernaika, Niall P. Kelly, and Frank H. Peters, “On-chip investigation of phase noise in monolithically integrated gain-switched lasers”, IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett., 29 (9), pp. 731–734, May 2017. DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2017.2682560
  • J.K. Alexander, P.E. Morrissey, H. Yang, M. Yang, Y. Zhao, M. Rensing, P. O'Brien and F.H. Peters, “Butterfly packaged low-linewidth optical comb source”, Electron. Lett. 53 (9), pp. 615-616, May 2017. DOI:  10.1049/el.2017.0378
  • Niall P. Kelly, Ludovic Caro, Mohamad Dernaika, and Frank H. Peters, “Regrowth-free integration of injection locked slotted laser with an electroabsorption modulator”, Optics Express, 25 (4), pp. 4054-4060, Feb. 2017. DOI 10.1364/OE.25.004054
  • M. Dernaika, L. Caro, N. P. Kelly, J. K. Alexander, F. Dubois, P. E. Morrissey and F. H. Peters, “Deeply Etched Inner-Cavity Pit Reflector”, IEEE Photonics Journal, 9 (1), Feb. 2017. DOI:10.1109/JPHOT.2017.2656252
  • Niall P. Kelly, Mohamad Dernaika, Ludovic Caro, Padraic E. Morrissey, Alison H. Perrott, Justin K. Alexander, Frank H. Peters, “Regrowth-Free Single Mode Laser based on Dual Port Multimode Interference Reflector”, IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett, 29 (3) pp. 279-282, Feb. 2017. DOI 10.1109
  • Robert Sheehan and Frank H. Peters, “Bends in the Plane with Variable Curvature”, Irish Math. Soc. Bulletin, Number 78, Winter 2016, 61–80, 2016. ISSN 0791-5578
  • Kieran Cooney and Frank H. Peters, “An analysis of multimode interferometers”, Optics Express, Vol. 24 (20), pp. 22481-22515, 2016 doi: 10.1364/OE.24.022481
  • P. E. Morrissey, N. Kelly, M. Dernaika, L. Caro, H. Yang and F. H. Peters, "Coupled Cavity Single Mode Laser based on Regrowth–Free Integrated MMI Reflectors", Photon. Tech. Lett., pp. 1313-1316, June 2016. DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2016.2541695
  • J. K. Alexander, P. E. Morrissey, H. Yang, M. Yang, P. J. Marraccini, B. Corbett, and F. H. Peters, "Monolithically integrated low linewidth comb source using gain switched slotted Fabry-Perot lasers", Optics Express, 24 (8), pp. 7960-7965, April 2016. doi: 10.1364/OE.24.007960
  • Muhammad Usman Sadiq, James O'Callaghan, Brendan Roycroft, Kevin Thomas, Emanuele Pelucchi, Frank H. Peters and Brian Corbett, “Study of electro-optic effect in asymmetrically ramped AlInGaAs multiple quantum well structures”, Physica Status Solidi A, Vol. 213 (4), pp 930–935, April 2016, DOI: 10.1002
  • M. U. Sadiq, H. Zhang, M. Gleeson, N. Ye, B. Roycroft, N. Kavanagh, C. Robert, H. Yang, K. Thomas, A. Gocalinska, Z. Li, Y. Chen, N. V. Wheeler, J. R. Hayes, S. U. Alam, F. Poletti, M. N. Petrovich, D. J. Richardson, B. Kelly, J. O'Carroll, R. Phelan, E. Pelucchi, P. O'Brien, F. Peters, F. Gunning, B. Corbett, “40 Gbps WDM transmission over 1.15 km HC-PBGF using the first InP-based Mach Zehnder modulator at 2 μm”, J. of Light. Tech. 34(8) · April 2016, DOI: 10.1109
  • Hua Yang, Mingqi Yang, Padraic E. Morrissey, Dan Lu, Bi Wei Pan, Lingjuan Zhao, Brian Corbett, and Frank H. Peters, "Three-coherent-output narrow-linewidth and tunable single frequency 1x2 multi-mode-interferometer laser diode", Optics Express, 24 (6), pp. 5846-5854, March 2016.  doi: 10.1364/OE.24.005846
  • H Zhang, M Gleeson, N Ye, N Pavarelli, X Ouyang, J Zhao, N Kavanagh, C Robert, H Yang, PE Morrissey, K Thomas, A Gocalinska, Y Chen, T Bradley, JP Wooler, JR Hayes, E Numkam Fokoua, Z Li, SU Alam, F Poletti, MN Petrovich, DJ Richardson, B Kelly, J O’Carroll, R Phelan, E Pelucchi, P O’Brien, F Peters, B Corbett, F Gunning, “Dense WDM transmission at 2 μm enabled by an arrayed waveguide grating”, Optics Letters, 40 (14), 3308-3311, July, 2015
  • PE Morrissey, FH Peters, “Multimode interference couplers as compact and robust static optical phase shifters”, Optics Comm. 345, pp. 1-5, June 2015
  • M. U. Sadiq, M. R. Gleeson, N. Ye, J. O’Callaghan, P. Morrissey, H. Y. Zhang, K. Thomas, A. Gocalinska, E. Pelucchi, F. C. G. Gunning, B. Roycroft, F. H. Peters, and B. Corbett, “10 Gb/s InP-based Mach-Zehnder modulator for operation at 2 μmwavelengths”, Optics Express, 23 (9), 10905-10913, April, 2015
  • PE Morrissey, H Yang, RN Sheehan, B Corbett, FH Peters, “Design and fabrication tolerance analysis of multimode interference couplers”, Optics Communications Vol. 340, pp. 26-32, April 2015
  • N Ye, MR Gleeson, MU Sadiq, B Roycroft, C Robert, H Yang, H Zhang, PE Morrissey, N Mac Suibhne, K Thomas, A Gocalinska, E Pelucchi, R Phelan, B Kelly, J O’Carroll, FH Peters, FC Garcia Gunning, B Corbett, “InP-Based Active and Passive Components for Communication Systems at 2 μm”, IEEE J. Light. Tech. 33 (5), pp. 971-975, March, 2015
  • Chris L. M. Daunt and Frank H. Peters, “Correction Methods for ElectroabsorptionModulator-Based Phase-Shift Keying Photonic Integrated Circuits”, IEEE JSTQE 19 (6), Nov. 2013
  • P. E. Morrissey, W. Cotter, D. Goulding, B. Kelleher, Osborne, H. Yang, J. O’Callaghan, B. Roycroft, B. Corbett and F. H. Peters, “On-chip optical phase locking of single growth monolithically integrated slotted fabry perot lasers”, Optics Express, Vol. 21 (14), pp. 17315-17323, 2013
  • Farzan Gity, Aidan Daly, Bradley Snyder, Frank H. Peters, John Hayes, Cindy Colinge, Alan P. Morrison, and Brian Corbett, "Ge/Si heterojunction photodiodes fabricated by low temperature wafer bonding", Optics Express, 21 (14), pp. 17309-17314, 2013
  • Padraic E. Morrissey, David Goulding, Robert Sheehan, Brendan Roycroft and Frank H. Peters, “Experimental technique for quick and efficient lensed fibre to ridge waveguide coupling”, IET Optoelectronics, Volume 7 (2), pp. 57 – 61, 2013
  • Andreas Wieczorek, Brendan Roycroft, James O'Callaghan, Kevin Thomas, Emanuele Pelucchi, Frank H. Peters, Brian Corbett, "Polarizers in an Asymmetric Twin Waveguide Based on Resonant Coupling", IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett., 25 (14), pp. 1301-1304, July 2013
  • Andreas Wieczorek, Hua Yang, Brendan Roycroft, Frank H. Peters, Brian Corbett, "PIN-photodiode with a large spot size input waveguide", Optical and Quantum Electronics, 45 (4), pp 365-371, April 2013
  • Hua Yang, Padraic Morrissey, William Cotter, Chris L. M. Daunt, James O'Callaghan, Brendan Roycroft, Nan Ye, Niall Kelly, Brian Corbett, and Frank H. Peters, "Monolithic Integration of Single Facet Slotted Laser, SOA, and MMI Coupler", IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett., 25 (3), pp. 257-260, February, 2013.



Frank Peters

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1991 Ph.D. in Engineering Physics McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. Canada Thesis topic: Spatially Resolved and Polarization Resolved Electroluminescence of 1.3 mm InGaAsP Semiconductor Diode Lasers Thesis advisor: Prof. D. T. Cassidy

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Room 116G, 1st Floor floor, School of Physics, University College Cork, Ireland,