Giving to CREOL CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics
Industrial Affiliates Day 2014
Advances in Optics & Photonics
Industrial Affiliates Symposium
March 6-7, 2014
Invited Speakers
Panel discussion
Photonics Education - current and future education expectations in optics & photonics
Poster Session Technical Exhibits Lab Tours
Short Courses
March 6, 2014 / 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Terahertz Photonics - Konstantin Vodopyanov
    The course covers fundamental principles of THz-wave generation as well as numerous and ever growing THz applications. The course includes sources and systems that provide access to the THz region of the spectrum, such as photonic terahertz generators based on ultrafast lasers, photomixers and nonlinear optical frequency converters, as well as direct terahertz sources, such as molecular and quantum cascade lasers. Applications of terahertz radiation encompass spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging, tomography, terahertz communications, photonic crystals and metamaterials, as wel as high-THz-field effects.
  • Nanophotonics and Plasmonics - Pieter Kik
    The unique properties of nanostructured optical materials have led to ultrasensitive biochemical sensors, nanoscale light sources, bio-compatible optical markers, nanostructured anti-reflections coatings, and many more thanks in large part to plasmon resonances. This course covers fundamental aspects of plasmonic structures, and how these have enabled new technologies. Topics include biosensing using surface enhanced Raman scattering, refractive index based plasmonic sensors, metamaterial based nonlinear absorbers, and plasmonic nanolasers.
  • Silicon Photonics - Sasan Fathpour
    Integrating optical devices on silicon has been a technology in the making for over 25 years. The main motivation has been compatibility with CMOS microelectronics. Silicon photonics had a slow start in late 1980s and early 90s. The availability of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers by mid-90s facilitated tremendous progress in the field to the extent that silicon photonics is nowadays a mature technology with several large and small companies marketing a variety of products, primarily transceivers and active optical cables for short-haul communications (Ethernet, local-area networks and board-to-board optical links). In parallel, nonlinear and mid-wave infrared (mid-IR) devices on silicon are being pursued in academia. The present short course reviews the principles of optical waveguides on silicon, how to make modulators on the platform and how to integrate silicon devices with compound semiconductor lasers and silicon-germanium photodetectors. Basics of nonlinear and mid-IR silicon photonic devices are also reviewed. Final remarks will be made on true compatibility with CMOS, and comparisons will be made with technologies based on gallium arsenide, indium phosphate and lithium niobate. Prospects of the mature field of integrated optoelectronics on these complementary (rather than commonly thought competing) material systems is discussed.
  • Fiber Lasers - Axel Schülzgen
    Fiber lasers technology has been improving dramatically over the past two decades, making fiber lasers serious contenders for many laser applications. Fiber laser technology capitalizes on the rapid development of fiber optic components and advances in high power semiconductor diode lasers to create highly compact and reliable light sources in an all-fiber format. The flexibility of the fiber optics platform will make fiber lasers a frequent choice to satisfy increasing needs for laser in many fields of application. In particular, high-power fiber lasers are attracting much interest among researchers and industry professionals. Several kilowatts of optical power have been generated from a single fiber core. This short course combines an introduction to fiber lasers with technical discussions based on reviews of recent progress and latest developments in fiber laser research.
Industrial Affiliates Day 2014
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