TODAY! Student OSA/SPIE seminar -- Mario Paniccia, Intel Fellow, Fri 11/13, 3:15pm, Ginzton AP 200

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Fri Nov 13 09:19:56 PST 2009

Special Seminar

Bridging Photonics and Computing


Dr. Mario Paniccia

Intel Fellow

Director, Photonics Technology Lab

Corporate Technology Group, Intel Corporation


Friday, November 13, 3:15 PM, Applied Physics 200

Refreshments at 3:00 PM

Presented by the Stanford Student OSA/SPIE



The silicon chip has been the mainstay of the electronics industry for the
last 40 years and has revolutionized the way the world operates. Today a
silicon chip the size of a fingernail contains over one billion transistors
and has the computing power that only a decade ago would take up an entire
room of servers. Silicon photonics based mainly upon silicon on insulator
(SOI) has recently attracted a great deal of attention since it offers an
opportunity for low cost optoelectronic solutions for applications ranging
from telecommunications down to chip-to-chip interconnects as well as
possible applications in emerging areas such as optical sensing and
biomedical applications. 


Recent advances and research breakthroughs in silicon photonic device
performance over last few years have shown that silicon can be considered as
a material onto which one can build future optical devices. While
significant efforts are needed to improve device performance and to
"commercialize" these technologies, progress is moving at a rapid rate. If
successful, silicon photonics may similarly come to dominate the optical
communications as it has the electronics industry. 


This keynote will provide overview of silicon photonics research at Intel
Corporation, describe some of the recent advances in device performance and
discuss the key building blocks needed for "siliconizing" photonics. In
addition the presentation will provide an overview and discussion on
potential applications and future opportunities for enabling "photonics" in
and around the PC and platform. For more info: 


Dr. Mario Paniccia is an Intel Fellow and Director of the Photonic
Technology Lab at Intel Corporation. Mario currently directs a research
group focused in the area of Silicon Photonics. The team is developing
silicon-based photonic building blocks for future use in enterprise and data
center communications. Mario has worked in many areas of optical
technologies during his career at Intel including optical testing for
leading edge microprocessors, optical communications and optical
interconnects. His team's pioneering activities in silicon photonics have
led to many firsts such as the first silicon modulator with bandwidth >1GHz
(2004) and then the first at 40Gb/s (2007), the first continuous wave
silicon laser breakthrough (2005) and, together with UCSB, the world's first
"Hybrid Silicon Laser" (2006). Mario has won numerous awards including being
named one of the top 50 researchers by Scientific American in November 2004
for his team's work in the area of silicon photonics. In October 2008 Dr
Paniccia was named by R&D Magazine as "Scientist of the year." He has
published numerous papers, including 3 Nature papers, 3 book chapters, and
has over 65 patents issued or pending. He is a senior member or IEEE and a
Fellow of OSA. Mario earned a B.S. degree in Physics in 1988 from the State
University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. degree in Solid State
Physics from Purdue University in 1994.


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