Electro-optic modulation is a key function for data communication. Given the vast amount of data handled, understanding the intricate physics and trade-offs of modulators on-chip allows revealing performance regimes not explored yet. Here we show a holistic performance analysis for waveguide-based electro-absorption modulators. Our approach centers around material properties revealing obtainable optical absorption leading to effective modal cross-section, and material broadening effects. Taken together both describe the modulator physical behavior entirely. We consider a plurality of material modulation classes to include two-level absorbers such as quantum dots, free carrier accumulation or depletion such as ITO or Silicon, two-dimensional electron gas in semiconductors such as quantum wells, Pauli blocking in Graphene, and excitons in two-dimensional atomic layered materials such as found in transition metal dichalcogendies. Our results show that reducing the modal area generally improves modulator performance defined by the amount of induced electrical charge, and hence the energy-per-bit function, required switching the signal. We find that broadening increases the amount of switching charge needed. While some material classes allow for reduced broadening such as quantum dots and 2-dimensional materials due to their reduced Coulomb screening leading to increased oscillator strengths, the sharpness of broadening is overshadowed by thermal effects independent of the material class. Further we find that plasmonics allows the switching charge and energy-per-bit function to be reduced by about one order of magnitude compared to bulk photonics. This analysis is aimed as a guide for the community to predict anticipated modulator performance based on both existing and emerging materials.
Virtual screening is an important step in early-phase of drug discovery process. Since there are thousands of compounds, this step should be both fast and effective in order to distinguish drug-like and nondrug-like molecules. Statistical machine learning methods are widely used in drug discovery studies for classification purpose. Here, we aim to develop a new tool, which can classify molecules as drug-like and nondrug-like based on various machine learning methods, including discriminant, tree-based, kernel-based, ensemble and other algorithms. To construct this tool, first, performances of twenty-three different machine learning algorithms are compared by ten different measures, then, ten best performing algorithms have been selected based on principal component and hierarchical cluster analysis results. Besides classification, this application has also ability to create heat map and dendrogram for visual inspection of the molecules through hierarchical cluster analysis. Moreover, users can connect the PubChem database to download molecular information and to create two-dimensional structures of compounds. This application is freely available through www.biosoft.hacettepe.edu.tr/MLViS/. PMID:25928885 153554b96e