Photonics 2022 Beach BBQ
Students, professors, research staff, and industry professionals gathered at Goleta Beach Area D to catch up, talk about photonics, and make new connections while enjoying excellent food. The brisket and pork shoulder from Prof. Schow was the highlight of the event. There was good conversation with industry members from Nexus Photonics, Freedom Photonics, Quintessent, HPE, and Praevium. Newer students got a chance to interact with current grad students and industry. Wendy Ibsen talked about outreach opportunities. The event was a great success with approximately 70 attendees.
Abstract: As photonics matures beyond component-based devices, complex photonic integrated circuits are now being developed to meet commercial needs at the forefront of technology. Performance metrics are continually improved for lasers, modulators, multiplexers, detectors, and other important photonic components, but one capacity that has historically been challenging to scale is the optical wavelength. To develop a fully functional passive and active platform for wavelengths across the visible to near-IR brings additional challenges introduced by the various fabrication constraints of the different materials integrated on the same substrate. In this presentation Eric will discuss recent work on highly efficient nonlinear waveguides and on-going research to integrate a visible laser onto silicon chips with wide-band frequency conversion resonators. Next, he will motivate the need for improved performance of photonics to meet the demanding requirements for integrated quantum optics. Finally, a new application of nonlinear optics in the far-UVC for disinfection and Raman spectroscopy will be introduced.
Bio: Eric Stanton attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he developed CubeSat nanosatellites and graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2012. During the summer of 2012 he worked at Agilent (now Keysight) before entering the graduate program at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). In Professor John Bowers’ group, he developed integrated photonic technologies for a wide range of wavelengths from the visible to the mid-infrared. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2018 from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UCSB, and was awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. There he worked on nonlinear photonics and heterogeneously integrated lasers on silicon. Since 2020, he has been a CU Boulder PREP scientist at NIST. In 2021, he co-founded EMode Photonix, a photonics technology development company with the mission to make advanced photonic design tools more accessible.
Thorlabs designs and produces a variety of optomechanical and optoelectronic components in 15 facilities around the globe. Thorlabs seeks to listen and serve its customers with over 20,000 products available.
Founded in 2018, Nexus Photonics has developed integrated photonics ready to scale. Smaller, lighter and faster, their platform outperforms industry benchmarks, and operates in an ultra-broadband wavelength range from ultraviolet to infrared to support a wide breadth of practical applications.