Technical Conference:
14 – 19 May 2017
CLEO:EXPO:
16 – 18 May 2017

SC221 - Nano Photonics: Physics and Techniques

Sunday, 14 May
08:30 - 12:30

Short Course Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Axel Scherer, Caltech, USA

Short Course Description:

Students will learn about the applications of printed and integrated optical devices. In particular, optical microcavities and vertical cavity lasers, silicon photonics and plasmonic systems will be introduced and compared. Integrated opto-electronic and opto-fluidic systems for communications and biomedical sensing will be compared.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable the participants to:

  • Compare dielectric (total internal reflection and Braggreflectors) with metallic (surface plasmon) geometries for confining and guiding light

  • Identify opportunities for using printed optical systems in silicon (silicon photonics)

  • Describe methods for creating quantum-mechanical systems from optical nanostructures

  • Design lithographically defined micro- and nanocavities for resonators and lasers

  • Define applications of printed optics in biochemical sensing

  • Summarize the evolution of printed optical integrated circuits and devices, such as modulators and switches

  • Determine the applications of interdisciplinary integration of optics with electronics and fluidics

  • Describe optical performance of semiconductor structures when these are made with nanoscale dimensions

Short Course Audience:

This course is designed for participants with interest in miniaturizing optical devices. Methods of microfabricating dielectric and plasmonic devices will be described, along with examples of their applications and description of future opportunities.

Instructor Biography:

Axel Scherer is the Bernard A. Neches professor of electrical engineering, applied physics and physics at Caltech and the Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute.  Professor Scherer’s research focuses on the development and application of microfabrication and design methods for optical devices. In the past, Professor Scherer pioneered the development of vertical cavity lasers, which have since become a commercial success. His group also developed some of the first silicon photonic circuits, optical nanocavities, and integrated optofluidic devices.  Fundamentally new structures, such as photonic bandgap geometries resulted in some of the world’s smallest lasers, modulators and waveguides.  At the moment, Professor Scherer is also interested in the miniaturization and integration of microfluidic, magnetic and optical devices for applications in nano-biotechnology. His group also explores the limits of lithography at the nanometer scale. Professor Scherer has co-authored over 300 publications and holds over 65 patents in nanofabrication related areas.

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