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Optoelectronics & Communications

Volker Sorger: Plasmonics enables more efficient silicon photonics

With dramatic growth in the amount of energy needed for data processing, new developments in routing with plasmonics may be a solution.

1 December 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201411.04

Volker J. Sorger is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the director of the Nanophotonics Labs at The George Washington University (GW). He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His research areas include opto-electronic devices, plasmonics and nanophotonics, including novel materials. Sorger has received multiple awards including the AFOSR YIP award, MRS Graduate Gold award, and an Intel Fellowship. He is the CTO of BitGrid LLC, and is a member of SPIE, IEEE, OSA, and MRS. He is the founder of the ‘Materials for Nanophotonics' subcommittee at the Integrated Photonics Research (IPR) topical meeting, and currently serves on a task force of the National Photonics Initiative.

The Sorger Group at GW follows an interdisciplinary approach that draws expertise from electrical engineering, material science, and business technology management to address key questions such as next generation computing, high-efficiency solar conversion, and green telecommunication. Recent demonstrations include world's smallest laser and ultrafast optical transistors for future photonic integrated circuits.