This presentation will describe the Air Force Research Laboratory Highly Integrated Photonics Program (AF HIP) and
its objective to integrate on a monolithic device, all of the optical components required to serve as a bus coupler in an all
optical data communication network. This research and development program utilizes advanced technologies in silicon
on insulator (SOI) and silica planar lightwave circuits (PLC) to design, develop, characterize, and demonstrate highly
integrated photonic devices that can be transitioned into both current and emerging tactical platforms for the U.S. Air
Force. This effort strives to overcome several existing constraints with respect to the integration and packaging aspects
of the current generation of COTS optical devices. Monolithic integration (chips fabricated out of a single material
system) remains the ultimate vision for integrated optics.