Summer with the IEEE Photonics Society in Europe

Aug. 8, 2014
The IEEE Photonics Society has two great meetings that I wish I could attend--the locations certainly help, but the programs are the real attraction. The first is the 11th annual Group IV Photonics Conference, August 27-29, in Paris; and the second is the 24th annual International Semiconductor Laser Conference, September 7-10, in Mallorca.  
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Summer is always a great time for topical meetings in the photonics community, and I can't help but notice that the IEEE Photonics Society has two that I wish I could attend--the locations certainly help, but the programs are the real attraction. The first is the 11th annual Group IV Photonics Conference, August 27-29, in Paris; and the second is the 24th annual International Semiconductor Laser Conference, September 7-10, in Mallorca.

The Group IV conference, at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, focuses on electro-photonic convergence on silicon, novel materials and structures, and photonic devices and nanophotonics.Opening the conference are two plenary sessions: "Recent Progress on Silicon Photonics R&D and Manufacturing on 300 mm Wafer Platform, by Frederic Boeuf, ST Microelectronics, and Revolutionizing Computing & Communications with Silicon Photonics by Mario Paniccia, Intel.

Invited speakers and topics include:

- Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology, on Photonic Design for Silicon Photovoltaics

- Dan Buca, Forschungszentrum Juelich, on Strain Engineering for Direct Bandgap GeSn Alloys

- Gregory Fish, Aurrion on Heterogenous Integration for Telecom & Datacom

- Marko Loncar, Harvard University, on Diamond Photonics

- Shayan Mookherjea, University of California at San Diego, on Generating Photon Pairs Using Silicon Photonics

- Robert Palmer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, on Progress in Silicon Organic Hybrid (SOH) Integration

- Gunther Roelkens, Ghent University, on Long-Wavelength Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits

- Mark Webster, Cisco, on An Efficient MOS-Capacitor-based Silicon Modulator and CMOS Drivers for Optical Transmitters

- Lars Zimmerman, IHP, on Monolithic Integration of Photonic Devices in SiGe BiCMOS

Here's the meeting website: http://www.gfp-ieee.org/

The International Semiconductor Laser Conference will be held at the Melia Palas Atenea Hotel on the seafront in Palma on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Technical results range across on all aspects of semiconductor lasers, amplifiers, LEDs, and integrated devices, from basic physics of new materials and structures to new and improved device concepts.

Plenary speakers are:

- John Bowers, University of California-Santa Barbara, Semiconductor Lasers on Silicon

- Meint Smit, Techniche Universiteit Eindhoven, Lasers in Generic Photonic Foundry Platforms

- Susumu Noda, Kyoto University, Recent Progress in Photonic Crystal Lasers

And the invited speakers make another great lineup:

- Larry Coldren, University of California-Santa Barbara, Photonic Integrated Circuits with Wavelength Tunable Lasers

- Manabu Matsuda, Fujitsu Laboratories, High-Speed Directly Modulated Distributed-Reflector Lasers

- Stephen Sweeney, University of Surrey, Electrically Injected GaAsBi Quantum Well Lasers

- Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Ultrafast Semiconductor Lasers

- Sudha Mokkapati, Australian National University, III-V Semiconductor Nanowire Lasers

Here's the meeting website: http://www.islc-ieee.org/

If you can make either of these conferences, please takes notes--I'd love to publish them.

And please send a postcard.

About the Author

Conard Holton | Editor at Large

Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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