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Optoelectronics & Communications

Benjamin Eggleton: Electrons, photons and phonons combine on a chip for promising new applications

The Center for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems creates an on-chip photonic platform for information transfer and processing technologies.

11 May 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201605.04

Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and professor of physics at the University of Sydney, director of the ARC Center for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained his Bachelor's degree (with honors) in science and PhD degree in physics from the University of Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

Eggleton has made pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics and all-optical signal processing with recent breakthrough achievements in the nonlinear optics of periodic media, slow-light in photonic crystals and ultrafast planar waveguide nonlinear optics. His research into new classes of nonlinear waveguides has created a new paradigm for photonic chip based ultrafast optical signal processing and his group holds various world records.

His breakthroughs in the nonlinear optics of chalcogenide glasses have led to his demonstrations of new ultrafast optical devices for telecommunications applications, record low-threshold supercontinuum generation sources and on-chip parametric sources. His fundamental breakthroughs include the first demonstrations of gap soliton formation in periodic media and of slow-light-enhanced nonlinear optics in photonic crystals. He is the author or coauthor of more than 410 journal publications and over 150 invited presentations.