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Coherent detection provides large improvements in link margin that can enable new network architectures incorporating optical switching and routing. "Analog coherent" approaches based on optical phase locking can potentially eliminate the need for DSP, dramatically lowering power consumption and cost. This talk will provide background on the current role of optical interconnects in data centers and will highlight opportunities for photonics to dramatically improve the connectivity and performance of future installations. Integration of large-scale photonics with electronics in next generation multi-chip modules will be required, which raises a host of challenges and risks that provide fertile ground for research and innovation.
AP 483 & AMO Seminar Series
4:15 pm, every Monday (Refreshments begin at 4 pm)
Spilker Building Room 232
Clint Schow received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. After positions at IBM and Agility Communications, Dr. Schow spent more than a decade at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, as a Research Staff Member and Manager of the Optical Link and System Design group. He has led international R&D programs spanning chip-to-chip optical links, VCSEL and Si photonic transceivers, nanophotonic switches, and new system architectures enabled by high-bandwidth, low-latency photonic networks. In 2015, Dr. Schow joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Dr. Schow has served on numerous international conference committees and has been a longtime volunteer for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), as a Program and General Chair, and as a member of the Steering and Long Range Planning Committees. He is a Fellow of the OSA and the IEEE, has published more than 200 journal and conference articles, and has 28 issued patents.