Friday, May 13th, 1:00 pm (PST) -- pizza provided!
Hosted in-person in ESB 1001 and via Zoom
Bio – Alexa Hudnut is an Optical Systems Engineer at Illumina in San Diego. Her research background is true to a Biomedical Engineer – a little bit of everything. She started her research in molecular biology and gene editing and then worked her way to instrumentation design and optics. She graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2018. She is most passionate about creating medical devices that leverage Optics and Materials Science for an intentionally sustainable future.
Abstract – Illumina’s mission is to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. This translates to efforts such as tracking COVID variants, determining your dog’s breed, population genomics, and everything in between. Next generation sequencing (NGS) relies heavily on epifluorescence microscopy as the backbone of instrumentation. As we look toward the future of gene sequencing, it will become more prevalent as an in vitro diagnostic (IVD). To improve the clinical workflow, increased throughput is necessary for quicker turnaround times. These improvements are being driven by innovations such as structured illumination, multiplexing, image processing, and nanofabrication.
The Photonics Society collaborated with the UCSB NSF Quantum Foundry to host industry partners and students for an in-person showcase event on April 22, 2022.
The goal of the Quantum Industry Showcase (QIS) is to connect industry partners with the graduate students and postdocs working in quantum materials and technologies. With opportunities to ask questions and chat in-person, the event helps to foster discussion, mentoring, and recruitment. The event began with a keynote given by Kevin Roche of IBM followed by presentations from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco, and HRL. Attendees were able to ask questions and chat with industry partners during a panel session and a networking lunch. In the afternoon, representatives from Honeywell, Quantum Machines, and Quantinuum gave presentations. The event concluded after giving students the opportunity to showcase their work at a poster session.
The Quantum Industry Showcase was attended by industry partners from Thorlabs, Quantinuum, Oxford Instruments NanoScience, Bleximo, HRL, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Quantum Machines, Cisco, Honeywell, and Nexus Photonics. Prior to the QIS event, Thorlabs provided students with a tour of their facilities. The QIS event was sponsored in part by Oxford Instruments.
For more information, visit 2022-qis.quantumfoundry.ucsb.edu
Thursday, November 18th, 11 am (PST) in Henley Hall 1010
Pizza will be provided!
Cutting edge diode lasers and PICs for sensing applications
Over the past several years, many new application areas for photonics in optical sensing have opened up. In this talk, we will review record performance diode laser and PIC technology developed by Freedom Photonics for a variety of optical sensing applications - gas sensing, atomic sensing and LIDAR.
Basic skills for a good technical team leader
Many engineers with advanced degrees end up leading high-impact technical teams, in pursuit of research, development or production. In this talk, we will discuss various practical issues related to being a good team leader.
Wednesday, July 31 | 12:00pm | ESB 2001
Photonic Integration for RF Photonics Systems Photonic integration on the Silicon Photonics platform, together with heterogeneous integration to include other materials, provides an ideal platform for the development of complex photonic integrated circuit (PIC) devices. This talk will describe the requirements for basic RF Photonics systems, including low noise lasers, linear modulators, low loss optical processing elements, and high power photodetectors, followed by descriptions of devices and PICs that Morton Photonics is developing for these functions.
The talk will describe how a high performance PIC including arrays of these devices can be utilized for the processing of a phased array sensor to provide Multiple-Channel Simultaneous RF Beamforming, and describe potential commercial markets for these technologies, including automotive LIDAR systems, analog photonic links and RF Beamforming for 5G systems
Friday, May 17th | 12:00 pm | ESB 2001
Fluency Lighting Technologies is an early stage start-up company developing technology out of UC Santa Barbara. At Fluency, we are creating next-generation bright and narrow-beam light sources for highly efficient illumination, using laser technology and materials design. Our focus is the development of low-cost, optical platforms that convert laser diode emission into high-quality white light in various light levels, beam angles, and color temperatures, designed for customer-driven metrics, in applications where energy-saving LED technology is not used because of the limited light output from an LED.
Refreshments will be provided
Thursday, May 16th | 12:00 pm | Elings 1601
In recent years, widely tunable micro-electro-mechanical systems vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) have found commercial application in swept source optical coherence tomography medical imaging and also show considerable promise in metrology and spectroscopy. These devices exhibit fractional tuning ranges of >11% of the center wavelength, wavelength tuning repetition rates over full tuning range of >1MHz, and clean single-mode operation. These properties, in conjunction with small size and wafer scale fabrication and testing, promise an economical optical source that can impact sensing applications from the visible to the mid-infrared.
Refreshments will be provided
Thursday, May 9th | 12:00 pm | Elings 1601
Chris will discuss next-generation optical interfaces for large scale datacenters, including Intensity Modulated Direct Detection and Coherent technologies at 100, 200, 400 and 800 Gb/s rates. He will show several examples of how applying insights gained from previously successful applications can lead to flawed conclusions about different applications. If he is persuasive, students will no longer trust what they are taught by their professors and other experts.
Tuesday, April 23rd | 12:00 pm | Elings 1601
Today zettabytes of data are generated and nearly doubled every two years. The conventional microprocessor is reaching its physical limitation and cannot keep up with the exponential growth in rich data. This leads to the increased demands on memory systems due to their frequent access patterns between microprocessors and memories. High speed, low energy and high sensitive optical data links are desirable for data transmission between multicores, microprocessors and memories in the new data center and high performance computer architectures. I am going to talk about the silicon photonics efforts in developing low energy high speed optical links in Hewlett Packard Labs, including the development of low voltage SiGe avalanche photodiodes, as well as photonic links.
Monday, April 15 | 12:00pm | Elings 1605
Monday March 11th, 11am, ESB 1001
The continuing growth in demand for bandwidth (from residential and business users), necessitates significant research into new advanced technologies that will be employed in future broadband communication systems. Two specific technologies, becoming increasingly important for future photonic systems, are wavelength tunable lasers and optical frequency combs. Although these topics have been studied for over two decades their significance for the development of future ultra-high capacity photonic systems has only recently been fully understood. Wavelength tunable lasers are currently becoming the norm in optical communication systems because of their flexibility and ability to work on any wavelength. However, as their operating principles are different to standard single mode lasers they can effect how future systems will operate. For example as optical transmission systems move towards more coherent transmission (where the data is carried using both the intensity and phase of the optical carrier), the phase noise in these tunable lasers will become increasingly important. Optical frequency combs also have many applications for future photonics systems, and for telecommunications they can be used to obtain the highest spectral efficiency in optical transmission systems by employing the technology of optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), and also for generation of high frequency RF signals in future 5G networks. Wavelength tunable lasers and optical frequency combs are thus topics at the leading edge of current photonics systems research, and their detailed understanding promises new applications in all-optical signal processing, optical sensing and metrology, and specifically telecommunications. This talk will focus on the development and characterization of various wavelength tunable lasers and optical frequency combs, and then outline how these sources can be employed for developing optical transmission systems and networks which make the best use of available optical spectrum.
Liam Barry received his BE (Electronic Engineering) and MEngSc (Optical Communications)
degrees from University College Dublin in 1991 and 1993 respectively. From February 1993 until January 1996 he was employed as a Research Engineer in the Optical Systems Department of
France Telecom's Research Laboratories (now known as Orange Labs) in Lannion, France, and as a result of this work he obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Rennes in France. In February 1996 he joined the Applied Optics Center in Auckland University, New Zealand, as a Research Fellow and in March 1998 he took up a lecturing position in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, and established the Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory. From April 2006 until February 2010 he served as Director of The Rince Institute, an interdisciplinary research center with over 100 researchers. He is currently a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, a Principal Investigator for Science Foundation Ireland, and Director of the Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory. His main research interests are; all-optical signal processing, optical pulse generation and characterization, hybrid radio/fibre communication systems, wavelength tuneable lasers for reconfigurable optical networks, and optical performance monitoring. He has published over 200 articles in international peer reviewed journals, 250 papers in international peer reviewed conferences, and holds 10 patents in the area of optoelectronics. He has been a TPC member for the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) since 2004, and a TPC member for the Optical Fibre Communication Conference (OFC) from 2007 to 2010, serving as Chair of the Optoelectronic Devices sub-committee for OFC 2010.
Thursday, Feb 28, 12 - 1 pm, ESB 1001
Refreshments will be provided
Wednesday November 28th, 2 pm, ESB 1001
Alex is an entrepreneur with a track record of building teams that take ideas from the research
laboratory through commercialization. Alex was a co-founder, the CEO, and Board Director
of Aurrion from 2008-2016 which was a fabless semiconductor company that developed photonic integrated circuits for data center networking applications. The business was acquired by Juniper Networks. Alex worked for IBM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Intel prior to founding Aurrion. Alex earned his M.S & Ph.D. from UCSB and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program. In his downtime, Alex enjoys riding off road motorcycles, playing guitar, smoking meat and reading books. Alex loves spending time with his wife and daughter going to live shows, travelling and eating weird stuff.
Abstract: In this presentation, Garrett provides an overview of how two scientists from the University of Vienna stumbled upon an enabling technology, born from fundamental research in the burgeoning field of cavity optomechanics, and made a successful transition from academia to industry. The fruit of this endeavor is “Crystalline Mirror Solutons,” or CMS, a photonics start-up commercializing high-performance optics for laser-based precision measurement and manufacturing systems. Here, Garrett outlines the key elements that led to their successes, including the conception of the underlying technology, as well as the supporting infrastructure and funding organizations that ultiately assisted in bringing this idea out of the laboratory and onto the
Bio: Dr. Garrett D. Cole, Co-Founder of Crystalline Mirror Solutions (www.crystallinemirrors.com), obtained his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Since completing his doctorate, he has held positions ranging from the first employee of a high-tech startup (Aerius Photonics LLC, now FLIR Electro-Optical Components), to a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Marie Curie Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and, prior to leaving to found CMS, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. In the course of his research career, Dr. Cole has co-authored 2 book chapters and published more than 50 journal articles and conference proceedings including papers in Science, Nature, Physical Review Letters, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Leveraging his expertise in micro- and nanofabrication, tunable lasers, and cavity optomechanics, Dr. Cole developed the proprietary substrate-transfer process at the heart of Crystalline Mirror Solutions and, along with Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, co-founded the venture in February 2012.
Abstract: Success in a photonic startup company requires constant attention to the balance between risk and opportunity. These risk / opportunity decisions involve many different areas, technical, marketing, financial, organizational and psychological, among others. Some of these decisions are very specific to photonic startup issues but the balance of opportunity and risk touches on a broad range of aspects of life, of course.
This presentation discussed the general nature of risk and opportunity and from these general ideas will then derive recommendations for effective risk management methods in photonic startups. The presenter did this through examples drawn from his own experience and from the experience of others that have influenced him strongly
Bio: Dr. Daniel Renner received a Ph.D in Opto-Electronics from the University of Cambridge in England. This has been followed by 37 years of industrial experience, where he has been deeply involved with the development, manufacturing and commercialization of complex photonic devices and systems used in communication, sensor and industrial applications. His experience spans both the technical and the commercialization aspects of photonic products, having led activities in many areas, including technology and product development, identification of new business areas, introduction of new products, marketing and sales. Through this experience he has gained a respectful appreciation for the critical importance of effective business risk management.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: UCSB, Engineering Science Building, Rooms ESB1001, ESB 2001, ESB 2003
Join us for our spring event the 2017 Light Science Workshop for a day of talks and presentations about the cutting edge in photonics research and career opportunities in this blossoming industry. The event will feature a keynote speaker, technical and non-technical presentations, Q&A panels, a job fair and a poster session!
The presentations will have two tracks: Technical and non-technical. The Technical Track will feature lectures on cutting-edge research in the area from varying fields that use and manipulate light. The Non-Technical Track will focus on careers in the industry and professional development. Keep checking back on this page for the most up-to-date information!
The event is free for those affiliated with a university or college. Otherwise, general admission to the event is $20.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event or holding a booth at the career fair, please contact us
Please see our Program of Events for more information!
Keynote Speech — Seeing Heat: Thermal Vision Everywhere You Look
Technical and Non-technical Presenters
Technical and Non-technical talks will include presentations from speakers representing research groups, photonics companies, and partnerships and collaborations at UCSB and around Santa Barbara. A sample of our scheduled speakers will include the following:
Optoelectronics Research Group of John Bowers
Dan Blumenthal, Optical Communication and Photonic Integration Group
Phil Lubin, UCSB Experimental Cosmology Group
Unite To Light
Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at CNSi
UCSB Nanofabrication Facility
This event is made possible with the generous support of:
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.