• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019

Commercial Applications for Mid-IR and Terahertz

Commercial Applications for Mid-IR and Terahertz Optics and Photonics

Wednesday, 16 May
Exhibit Hall Theatre II

Session Description:

This session will review recent developments in commercial applications for mid-infrared and terahertz optics and photonics.  There will be a brief review of the potential markets for applications and technologies with several examples of specific market focuses. A panel discussion will examine key questions, such as where the next big applications are likely, what is needed to increase the volume of manufacturing of these technologies, and which technologies are likely to gain or lose share going forward. 


Gerard WysockiGerard Wysocki, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, USA

Gerard Wysocki is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University and the Director of the MIRTHE+ Photonics Sensing Center (Mid-infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment). He received his PhD degree in physics in 2003 from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Wysocki conducts research focused on the development of mid-infrared laser spectroscopic instrumentation for applications in trace gas detection and chemical sensing. His current research interests include development and applications of new molecular dispersion spectroscopy techniques for in-situ and remote chemical detection, new concepts of broadband mid-infrared lasers and frequency combs, and distributed wide area spectroscopic sensor networks. He published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored over 200 papers and seminars in the international conferences and meetings as well as is a co-inventor of numerous optical sensing technologies (with 8 US and international patents granted). For his scientific contributions and technical innovations Wysocki has received multiple awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the Masao Horiba Award for contributions to analytical science, and the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award. He is a member of OSA, APS, and SPIE and serves as an Associate Editor of Optics Express, and Co-editor of Applied Physics B. 


Mikhail BelkinAssociate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Mikhail Belkin received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1998 and PhD degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. In 2004-2008 he did his postdoctoral work in Prof. Federico Capasso group in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is currently an Associate Professor and a Myron L. Begeman Faculty Fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Belkin’s research interests are in the field of mid-infrared and THz photonics and nonlinear optics. His recent recognitions include the 2015 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Humboldt Foundation, NSF CAREER Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award, and the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program Award from the state of Texas. Dr. Belkin is the Fellow of the OSA and the SPIE.


Garrett ColeGarrett Cole, Co-Founder & CEO, Crystalline Mirror Solutions, USA

Garrett D. Cole obtained his PhD in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Since completing his doctorate, he has held positions ranging from the first employee of a high-tech startup (Aerius Photonics LLC, now FLIR Electro-Optical Components), to a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Marie Curie Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. Leveraging his expertise in micro- and nanofabrication, tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, and cavity optomechanics, Dr. Cole developed the proprietary substrate-transfer process at the heart of Crystalline Mirror Solutions and, along with Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, co-founded the venture in February 2012.

Ronald HolzwarthRonald Holzwarth, Co-Founder & CTO, Menlo Systems, USA

Antoine Muller, CEO, Alpes Lasers, Switzerland



Eric TakeuchiEric Takeuchi, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the Leonardo DRS, Daylight Solutions, USA

Eric Takeuchi currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the DRS Daylight Solutions line of business of Leonardo DRS. Daylight is a world-leading innovator, specializing in the commercialization of mid-infrared laser based systems for molecular detection, illumination and imaging applications. While at Daylight, he has been responsible for identifying and capturing new business opportunities, establishing product and technology roadmaps and executing go-to-market strategies. He has accumulated more than 25 years’ experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. During this time, he has held leadership positions in R&D, product development, product management and business development. He has authored or co-authored several peer reviewed technical articles and has been named as co-inventor on several U.S. patents.

Mr. Takeuchi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degree in Applied Physics, both from the University of California, San Diego.

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