The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
27 January - 1 February 2018
Plenary Events
OPTO Plenary Session
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Location: Room 3009 (West Level 3)
8:00 am:
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Connie J. Chang-Hasnain, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States); Graham T. Reed Optoelectronics Research Ctr. (United Kingdom)


Presentation of 2018 SPIE Technology Achievement Award
Presented by SPIE President to:



Paul Daniel Dapkus, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles (United States)

The SPIE Technology Achievement Award is given annually to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging.


Presentation of 2018 Early Career Achievement Award - Academia
Presented by SPIE President to:



Laura Waller, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)

The SPIE Early Career Achievement Award is given annually in recognition of contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging and partially coherent systems.

8:10 am: Silicon Photonics: Bigger is Better

Andrew Rickman, Rockley Photonics Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Over the past 30 years silicon photonics has evolved into a volume technology supporting mainstream commercial applications. Though we have seen a proliferation of new approaches, the attributes required for commercial success remain the same as they were three decades ago: volume manufacturability, optical power efficiency, and high-signalling bandwidth. Comparing to the evolution of the silicon microelectronics industry several decades earlier however, in the history of silicon photonics we see one key difference: for electronic Integrated circuit design, reductions in process node geometry have generally always contributed to advancing the goals of the product, leading to a conclusion that smaller is better. In contrast, for silicon photonics, reducing process geometries have introduced complexities that can inversely impact manufacturability, optical power efficiency and fiber-optic packaging. As microelectronics races to progressively smaller nodes the industry faces a question: what makes for a leading photonics platform? Perhaps bigger is better!

Andrew Rickman is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Rockley Photonics Limited based in the UK and Pasadena, CA. Rockley Photonics is a rapidly expanding company, formed to develop novel optical packet switching solutions for mega datacentre networks. Andrew was previously the founder, CEO and Chairman of Bookham Inc. (now called Oclaro Inc. and headquartered in San Jose, CA. He founded Bookham in 1988 and grew the company from a start-up to a FTSE100 company. More recently, Dr. Rickman was Chairman of Kotura Inc., and was instrumental in its development and ultimately successful sale in 2013 to Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. Andrew has a mechanical engineering degree from Imperial College, London; a PhD in silicon photonics from Surrey University; an MBA from Cranfield University. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list for services to the telecommunications industry.

8:50 am: III-Nitride Nanowire LEDs and Diode Lasers: Monolithic Light Sources on (001) Si Emitting in the 600-1300nm Range

Pallab Bhattacharya, Ctr. for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

GaN-based nanowire and nanowire heterostructure arrays epitaxially grown on (001)Si substrates have unique properties and present the potential to realize useful devices. The polarization field and density of extended defects in the nanowires are significantly smaller than those in planar heterostructures. The active light-emitting region in the nanowire heterostructures are usually InGaN disks, whose composition can be varied to tune the emission wavelength. We have demonstrated light-emitting diodes and edge-emitting diode lasers with power outputs ~10mW with emission in the 600-1300nm wavelength range. These light sources are therefore useful for a variety of applications, including silicon photonics. Detailed characterization of the epitaxial nanowire heterostructure arrays and the light sources will be described, including the characteristics of a monolithic photonic integrated circuit designed for 1.3μm operation.

Pallab Bhattacharya is the Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and the James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is recognized for his contributions to molecular beam epitaxy of compound semiconductors, quantum dot and nanowire optoelectronic devices and, in particular, lasers emitting in the visible and near-infrared and integrated photoreceivers for optical communication over the last 4 decades. He is the author of the textbook Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices. Bhattacharya is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE David Sarnoff Award, the OSA Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award, the TMS John Bardeen Award, and the Heinrich Welker Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

9:30 am: Photonics Beyond the Diffraction Limit

Min Gu, Lab. of Artificial-Intelligence Nanophotonics, RMIT Univ. (Australia)

Optical data storage, optical communications and light-emitting diodes are a few examples that show that photonics has transformed massively our everyday life and global economy for a sustainable future. Nanophotonics, which studies optical science and technology at a nanoscale, has enabled the development of nano-scale optical and photonic devices that provide a green-technology platform. Abbe’s law, originating from the diffraction nature of light, has set up a barrier for any efforts from the researchers to access extremely small regions in the nanometre scale. In this talk, I will show that removing the diffraction limit barrier can provide a new horizon for the development of ultrahigh-capacity optical storage devices, nano-engineered topological photonics, wide-angle optical display and micro-supercapacitors with energy density equivalent to or beyond that of Lithium ion batteries.

Min Gu is Distinguished Professor and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University and was a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the AIP, OSA, SPIE, InstP, and IEEE. He was President of the International Society of Optics within Life Sciences, Vice President of the Board of the International Commission for Optics and a Director of the Board of the OSA. He was awarded the Einstein Professorship, the W. H. Steel Medal, the Ian Wark Medal, the Boas Medal and the Victoria Prize.
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