November 17, 2020

Title:  Lithium niobate integrated photonics

Speaker: Qiang Lin (University of Rochester)

Abstract:  In this talk, I will present our recent progress in lithium niobate integrated photonics. Lithium niobate (LN) exhibits outstanding electro-optic, nonlinear optical, and piezoelectric properties and has become a workhorse material system for photonics industry and photonic research and development. Photonic integrated circuits (PICs), on the other hand, offer exceptional capability for controlling light flow, light confinement, and light-matter interaction. Combining these excellent worlds together into a LN PIC platform opens up a great opportunity for realizing novel functionalities beyond the reach of conventional means. I will discuss our recent efforts in developing optical frequency comb, wavelength conversion, electro-optic signal processing, and quantum entanglement on this platform. I will also give a brief overview of the background, discuss some current challenges and opportunities of the fields, and provide my personal outlook.

Short Bio: Qiang Lin is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of Optics at the University of Rochester.  His current research focuses primarily on nonlinear nanophotonics, integrated photonic sensing, and integrated quantum photonics. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, resulting in an H-Index of 41 and total citations more than 7600 (according to Google Scholar). Dr. Lin is a Fellow of OSA. He received the CAREER Award from National Science Foundation in 2014, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House in 2019, and the Leonard Mandel Fellowship from the University of Rochester in 2014. Prior to joining the University of Rochester in 2011, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech from 2007 to 2010.  He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in 2006, prior to which he obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. 

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