Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
The FiO 2013/LS XXIX Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony is on Monday, 7 October.
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Plenary Speakers 2013
John E. Bowers
Kapteyn-Murnane Group, JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Science at the Timescale of the Electron: Coherent keV X-Rays from Tabletop Femtosecond Lasers
Since the invention of the laser, scientists have been striving to extend coherent light into the X-ray region. Very recently, because of a new ability to manipulate electrons on their natural, attosecond, time-scales, the dream of realizing bright, laser-like, X-ray beams on a tabletop with photon energies >1.6keV (wavelengths <8Å) has become a reality.
Margaret Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in Physics at the University of Colorado. She runs a joint, multi-disciplinary, research group with her husband, Prof. Henry Kapteyn. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. She was a faculty member in physics at Washington State University, in EECS at the University of Michigan, and in 1999 she moved to the University of Colorado. Prof. Murnane with her students and collaborators uses coherent beams of laser and x-ray light to capture the fastest dynamics in molecules and materials at the nanoscale. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the AAAS. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. She was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 2000. As well as the Lamb Award, Margaret and Henry also shared the 2009 Ahmed Zewail Award of the American Chemical Society, the 2010 Schawlow Prize of the American Physical Society, and the 2010 R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America. Margaret is very interested in increasing diversity in science and engineering, and currently chairs the President’s Committee for the Medal of Science.
NIST, Boulder, CO, USA
Quantum control of trapped atomic ions
Precise control of quantum systems currently occupies many labs throughout the world, with recent interest focusing on quantum information. This talk will focus on quantum-state manipulation in the context of trapped ions, one example of similar work that is being carried out with many other AMO and condensed matter systems.
David Wineland was born in 1944 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin but was raised in Sacramento, California. He received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in 1965, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1970. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington, he joined the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Boulder, Colorado. He is a NIST Fellow and leader of an experimental group that explores the applications of laser-cooled trapped atomic ions, including the development of high-performance atomic clocks, research on quantum information processing, and tests of fundamental physical laws. David Wineland won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics.
John E. Bowers
Dept. of ECE, University of California, USA
Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits and Lasers
A number of important breakthroughs in the past decade have focused attention on Si as a photonic platform. We review here recent progress in this field, focusing on efforts to make lasers, amplifiers, modulators and photodetectors on or in silicon. We also describe progress in silicon photonic integrated circuits. The impact active silicon photonic integrated circuits could have on interconnects, telecommunications and on silicon electronics is reviewed.
John Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at UCSB. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society. He is a recipient of the OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He and coworkers received the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.
Bowers’ research is primarily in optoelectronics and photonic integrated circuits. He has published ten book chapters, 600 journal papers, 900 conference papers and has received 54 patents. He has published 180 invited papers and conference papers, and given 16 plenary talks at conferences.