The Promise and Pitfalls of Silicon Photonics

Nov 17, 2010  |  4:00pm | Elings Hall 1601
John Bowers
Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency & American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics

A number of important breakthroughs in the past decade have focused attention on Si as a photonic platform. We review  recent progress in this field, focusing on efforts to make lasers on or in silicon and on silicon photonic integrated circuits. The impact active silicon photonic integrated circuits could have on telecommunications and on silicon electronics is presented.


John Bowers received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara in 1987. Currently, Bowers is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a member of the University’s Technology Management Program.

Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Physical Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the OSA Holonyak Prize, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents.

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