Daniel Blumenthal

Electrical & Computer Engineering


(805) 893-4168
2221F Engineering Science Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


LASOR Center, Director
National LambdaRail, Board of Directors
Internet2 Architecture, Advisory Council
Calient Networks, Founder
Packet Photonics, LLC, Founder


2005 Co-Author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (Wiley)
2001 Program Chair for OSA Topical Meeting on Photonics in Switching
1999 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
1999 Program Chair for Photonics in Switching 
1997 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award 
1994 ​National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award 

Research Description: 

Daniel Blumenthal’s research interests are in optical communications, photonic packet switching and all-optical networks, all-optical wavelength conversion and regeneration, ultra-fast communications, InP (indium phosphide) Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICS) and nanophotonic device technologies. In addition to his research in energy-efficient photonics for communications, he directs the LASOR (Label-Switched Optical Router) Project, which aims to move more network router processing into the optical domain, thereby saving power and reducing the necessity of costly high-speed electronics.


BS: Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester (1981)
MS: Electrical Engineering, Columbia University (1988)
Ph.D: Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder (1993)

More Info: 

For more information on Daniel Blumenthal, check out his video and presentation entitled "The UCSB Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) and the Greening of Photonic Technologies" here.