John E. Bowers
Dept. of ECE, Univ 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.
2013 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Recipient
Optical physics discoveries using ultrafast lasers
The talk will review some salient breakthrough contributions in three topics in the field of ultrafast laser science, including the discovery of supercontinuum generation, discovery of new laser tunable Cr materials, as well as the study of pulse propagation, the key lengths of absorption, scattering ,and transport scattering and imaging of objects in strongly scattering media using several optical gates.
Robert R. Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York, has contributed significantly to the field of ultrafast laser science and is a pioneer in the application of light and photonics technologies to the study of biological, biomedical and condensed matter systems. His contributions to these fields are documented in over 730 research articles, 111 patents, several edited volumes and proceedings, and over 12,400 citations. His crowning research achievements include discovery of supercontinuum, development of new tunable Cr3+/Cr4+ lasers, advance of laser spectroscopic and optical imaging techniques, and study of ultrafast optical pulse propagation and imaging in scattering media. He is a fellow of APS, OSA, IEEE, NY Academy of Science, and Alfred P. Sloan fellow. He has received his B.S. and M.S. in physics in 1963 and 1964 from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ph.D. in physics from New York University in 1972. He spent 8 years at GTE Labs (now Verizon) from 1964 to 1972 before joining CCNY at 1972. He has received OSA Charles Hard Townes Award in 2008, Association of Italian American Educators Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award in 2012.