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Hybrid Silicon Evanescent Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits

Abstract: Silicon photonics is a rapidly expanding field of research whose goal is the demonstration of photonic integrated circuits on silicon. Due to the fact that silicon has an indirect bandgap, it is an inefficient emitter. Consequently, a key missing element in the silicon photonic toolbox has been an integrated laser. I will describe our research on developing a novel device, the hybrid silicon evanescent laser. Related work on silicon evanescent amplifiers, photodetectors, mode locked lasers, and simple PICs will be described.
Speaker: John Bowers - University of California at Santa Barbara
Speaker Bio: John E. Bowers is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also CTO and cofounder of Calient Networks. His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks. Prof. Bowers is cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, and founder of Terabit Technology. Prof. Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB. Dr. Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was an elected member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and Vice President for Conferences for LEOS. He has published eight book chapters, 400 journal papers, 600 conference papers and has received 52 patents. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.
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