PIC production at the speed of light

Etch-free Hybrid PICs

Rapid Photonics is an innovative global provider of etch-free hybrid photonic integrated circuits (PIC). Our innovative and patented DEpicT® technology (Direct Etch-less photonic integrated circuits Technology) combines ultra-low loss polymers with a substrate suitable for the application. We enable photonics developers to execute PIC design iterations in a matter of weeks at an affordable cost.

Furthermore, our DEpicT® technology can produce compact PICs with waveguide density and bending curve comparable to conventional PIC production processes. Currently, our technology supports the integration of passive photonic components. We are developing more advanced components such as grating couplers, arrayed waveguide gratings (AWGs), heaters, electro-optical switches and other components. In the near future, we expect to support the production of active components and hybrid solutions.


We are compatibel to many PIC substrates, including:

  • SiO2
  • Si3N4
  • SiC
  • LNOI

Technical specifications

  • Minimum wave guide width: 0.9 μm
  • Minimum spacing: 0.9 μm
  • Minimum bending radius: 100 μm
  • Optical loss: <1 dB/cm
  • Wavelength range: 1310 – 1550 nm
  • Lead time: around 30 days

Photonic components

Available photonics components include:

  • Mach-Zehnder interferometers
  • Ring, Elliptical- and Racetrack resonators
  • Coupled cavity systems
  • Broad band couplers (1300-1550 nm)
  • Directional couplers
  • Fabry-Perot resonators
  • Sagnac mirrors
  • Delay lines with multiple couplers
  • Y-splitters
  • Mul-mode interference couplers
  • Polarisation splitters
  • 3×3 splitters
  • Any combination of the above


Our DEpicT® technology is ideally suited for rapid prototyping in applications such as:

  • Optical biosensors
  • PIC OCT systems
  • PIC Mach Zehnder meshes for quantum computing
  • Neuromorphic photonic circuits
  • PIC spectrometers
  • Bi-stable cavies
  • Whispering gallery mode resonators
  • …and many more

About Us

At Rapid Photonics, our mission is to revolutionize the development and application of Photonic Integrated Circuits by enabling fast production services of hybrid PICs. Our unique DEpicT® production technology enables PIC developers to execute design iterations in a matter of weeks and at an affordable cost. Rapid Photonics is a startup of the VU University of Amsterdam and has its office and production facility at the Science Park Amsterdam.


We are excited to discover the possibilities of our technology for your PIC application. We gladly invite you to ask any question regarding your specific needs. One of our experts will respond to your message soon.

Rapid Photonics BV
Sciencepark 106
1098 XG Amsterdam

(+31) 6 4932 0099