University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Silicon Photonics, Moore’s Law, and Photon Economics

Silicon Photonics, Moore’s Law, and Photon Economics


Professor Bahram Jalali

University of California at Los Angeles

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: A265 Bourns Hall


The electronic chip industry embodies the height of technological sophistication and economics of scale. Fabricating inexpensive photonic components by leveraging this mighty manufacturing infrastructure has been the impetus behind the development of silicon photonics. If it can be done economically and in an energy efficient manner, empowering silicon with optical functionality will bring optical communications to the realm of computers where limitations of metallic interconnects are threatening the industry's future. Guided by such vision, silicon photonics is enjoying spectacular progress. In this talk, I will review the progress with emphasis on nonlinear optical devices and phenomena. In addition, I will describe a new 3-D integration technology aimed at addressing the economics of IC manufacturing, as well as applications that extend the reach of silicon photonics beyond optical interconnects. Finally, I will present recent findings that show extreme value statistical fluctuations during optical amplification in silicon and the surprising relationship this has to seemingly unrelated socio-economic phenomena.

About the Speaker:

Bahram Jalali is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA. He is a Fellow of IEEE and OSA, and recipient of R.W. Wood Prize from OSA. In 2005 he was elected into the Scientific American Top 50. From 2001-2004, he served as a consultant at Intel Corporation. He received the BrideGate 20 Award in 2001 for his entrepreneurial accomplishments and serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center.


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