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MSE Seminar: “Integrated Lithium Niobate Photonics”
April 4, 2019 at 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University
Lithium niobate (LN) is an “old” material with many applications in optical and microwave technologies, owing to its unique properties that include large second order nonlinear susceptibility, large piezoelectric response, and wide optical transparency window. Conventional LN components, including modulators and periodically polled frequency converters, have been the workhorse of the optoelectronic industry. They are reaching their limits, however, as they rely on weakly guiding ion-diffusion defined optical waveguides in bulk LN crystal.
Dr. Loncar will discuss his efforts aimed at the development of integrated LN platform, featuring sub-wavelength scale light confinement and dense integration of optical and electrical components, that has the potential to revolutionize optical communication networks and microwave photonic systems, as well as enable realization of quantum photonic circuits. Good example is his integrated LN electro-optic modulator that supports data rates > 200 gigabits per second and that can be driven directly by a CMOS circuit, as well as an electro-optic frequency comb that leverages ultra-high Q LN optical cavities (Q ~ 10,000,000) operating both in telecom and visible wavelength range. Kerr frequency combs and super-continuum generation, as well as second harmonic generation in integrated periodically poled LN waveguides will be discussed. Finally, programmable photonic molecule and its application in microwave-to-optical conversion will be presented.
Marko Loncar is Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard’s John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), as well as Harvard College Professor. Loncar received his Diploma from University of Belgrade (R. Serbia) in 1997, and his PhD from Caltech in 2003 (with Axel Scherer), both in Electrical Engineering. After completing his postdoctoral studies at Harvard (with Federico Capasso), he joined SEAS faculty in 2006. Loncar is expert in nanophotonics and nanofabrication, and his current research interests include quantum and nonlinear nanophotonics, quantum optomechanics, high-power optics, and nanofabrication. He has received NSF CAREER Award in 2009 and Sloan Fellowship in 2010. In recognition of his teaching activities, Loncar has been awarded Levenson Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2012), and has been named Harvard College Professor in 2017. Loncar is fellow of Optical Society of America, and Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE.