Photonics with superior properties can be implemented in a variety of old (silicon, silicon nitride) and new (silicon carbide, diamond) photonic materials by combining state-of-the- art photonics optimization techniques (photonics inverse design) with new fabrication approaches. In addition to making photonics more robust (e.g., to errors in fabrication and variation in temperature), more compact, and more efficient, this approach can also enable new functionalities. While in our early work we focused on inverse design and demonstration of individual photonic devices, our more recent work focused on scaling it to photonic integrated circuits fabricated in a commercial semiconductor foundry. We illustrate this with several examples, including optical interconnects based on a combination of mode and wavelength division multiplexing, and photonic chips for optical beam steering.
Spring 2021 speakers organized by Prof. David A.B. Miller
Bio: Jelena Vuckovic is a professor at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also the director of Q-FARM: the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Initiative. Vuckovic has won numerous awards including recently the IET AF Harvey Prize, the James P. Gordon Memorial Speakership from the OSA, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and the Humboldt Prize. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).