• Technical Conference: 

    09 – 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    10 – 14 May 2021

Micro-Photonic Positioning, Navigation and Timing

Symposium Organizers
Francesco Dell’Olio, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
Andrey B. Matsko, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA


Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) relied exclusively upon the Global Navigation Satellite System is inherently fragile. Innovative navigation micro-technologies are urgently needed for a broad range of aerospace & defence applications. Micro-photonics has a potential to become the platform of choice enabling disruptive technologies featuring reduced size, weight, and power consumption in timing systems as well as angular velocity/acceleration sensors the PNT is based on. Although ground-breaking achievements have recently been reported in the field, such as the first experimental demonstration of Earth rate measurement by a chip-scale photonic gyro and the development of a photonic integration approach for next-generation optical atomic clocks, a number of challenges still exists, including on-chip integration of the devices without their performance degradation. New concepts have to be envisaged and theoretically/experimentally investigated.

The special symposium aims at discussing the latest achievements in the micro-photonic PNT, highlighting the open research challenges and the most promising paths of improvement.


Invited Speakers

Daniel Blumenthal, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Integrated Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Ultra-Stable Brillouin Lasers and their Application to PNT Applications

Andrea  Fiore, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

Integrated Optomechanical Sensing for Semiconductor Metrology

Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Southern California, USA

Title to be Announced

Ying Lia Li, UCL, UK

Photonic Systems Engineering: a Structured Approach to Positioning, Navigation and Timing Using Microresonators

Lute Maleki, OEwaves, Inc.USA

Title to be Announced

Zachary Newman, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Title to be Announced

Kerry Vahala, California Institute of Technology, USA

Measuring the Earth’s Rotation Using a Chip-based Brillouin Laser Gyroscope

Chee Wei Wong, UCLA, USA

Title to be Announced