Optical Material Studies (OM)

Optical Material Studies (OM)

Interested audience.This group is involved with the development and characterization of new and improved optical materials. Materials include those with superior transmission in the UV, visible near and mid-infrared portions of the spectrum for use in passive and active optical elements and devices as well as those having unusual nonlinear optical properties for use in switches and limiters. Examples of novel materials include quantum engineered multiple quantum wells for lasing, photonic structures with unusual properties (negative index, left-handed, highly nonlinear, etc.) and sintered ceramic materials displaying superior hardness, strength and transmission in the infrared.

Panel Discussion on Emerging Optical Materials

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, the Optical Material Studies Technical Group hosted a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Emerging Optical Materials: Perovskites, 2D Optical Materials and Nanocolloids’ at the Novel Optical Materials and Applications Topical Meeting (NOMA) in New Orleans. The distinguished panelists were Prof. Barry Rand of Princeton University, Prof. Christian Klinke from the University of Hamburg, Prof. Parag Deotare from the University of Michigan, and Dr. Pelayo García de Arquer from the University of Toronto. Approximately 35 conference attendees participated in the lunch discussion moderated by Garo Khanarian, who serves as chair of the technical group.

The panelists each gave a 10 minute review of their work and then there was a lively Q&A and discussion. The topics ranged from metal halide perovskites for LED devices, perovskites quantum dots for light emission in the visible and near IR, role of excitons in 2D layered materials and interfaces, and electric field effects in 2D layer materials. 


Special Talk at Frontiers in Optics

The OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group had a special networking event during lunch on Tuesday, 18 October, at Frontiers in Optics 2016 in Rochester, NY. Over 45 people attended the event which was to feature Professor Michal Lipson, Columbia University, speaking on the topic of Novel Materials for Next Generation Photonic Devices. Unfortunately Prof. Lipson was not able to attend at the last minute and the talk was given instead by her graduate student Chris Phare.

Chris gave a very interesting talk on silicon photonics, describing design and process improvements to lower loss of Si waveguides. He described the fabrication of Si waveguides on silicon nitride substrates and the smoothing of sidewalls to reduce scattering loss. He also described the transfer of graphene on top of a Si ring resonator to control its modulation and bandwidth. They demonstrated a 30 GHz modulator by this technique.  



Garo Khanarian BASF CorporationChair
Stephen H. Foulger Clemson UniversityVice Chair
Robert A. Norwood University of ArizonaIncubator Organizer and Senior Advisor
Shekhar Guha US Air Force Research LaboratoryNetworking Organizer
Wei Lee National Chiao Tung UniversityOptical Groups Liaison (Asia)
Xin Jiang Max-Planck-Institute for Sci. of LightOptical Groups Liaison (Europe)
David J. DiGiovanni OFSSenior Advisor
Sepehr Benis University of Central Florida, CREOLSocial Media
Zi Jing Wong University of California, BerkeleySocial Media
Ho Wai Howard Lee Baylor UniversitySr. Organizer Networking, Webinars & Social Media
Zhi M. Liao Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryWebinar Organizer