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Optoelectronics & Communications

High-performance computing: A video interview with Ray Beausoleil

The HP distinguished scientist talks about how silicon interconnects will carry computing beyond copper wires, as well as optical interconnects used in production, and developments in slow light.
30 March 2009, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3200902.0007

Ray Beausoleil discusses some of the latest breakthroughs in quantum computing and optical interconnects, particularly the miniaturization of photonic components and how silicon interconnects will carry computing into the next few decades beyond copper wires. However, he warns, there are still some steps for the semiconductor industry to take before they are ready to fully embrace the newest silicon photonic developments.

Streaming video of Ray Beausoleil interview.

Beausoleil also discusses optical interconnects used in production, slow light, and the most valuable qualities in students and young professionals entering the field.

Ray Beausoleil is distinguished scientist in the Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory at Hewlett-Packard Labs. He is currently conducting basic research in nanoscale classical and quantum optics for information processing applications. His work is focused on basic experimental research on the fundamental physical processes that govern optical quantum information technologies (QIT).

As a visiting scientist in the Applied Physics Department of Stanford University, CA, Beausoleil is responsible for leading the research, development, and implementation of a numerical model of the optical response of the NSF Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detector to environmental perturbations, thermal focusing and deformations, and gravitational radiation. He is also an active member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which oversees gravitational wave research and development programs conducted by the National Science Foundation.