OSA Incubator Meeting on Nanophotonics: Beyond Classical Limits

OSA Incubator Meeting
Nanophotonic Devices: Beyond Classical Limits

14-16 May 2014
OSA Headquarters • 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW • Washington, DC, USA


Volker J. Sorger, The George Washington University, United States; Jung Park, Intel Corporation, United States;
Pablo A. Postigo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain; Fengnian Xia, Yale University, United States

Topic Overview

Over the last decade, on-chip integrated opto-electronic circuits such as the silicon and III-V platforms showed great potential for big-data bandwidth applications. However, while the photonic device performance is steadily increasing, the inherently weak light-matter-interactions (LMI) sets fundamental limits to critical performance metrics such as footprint (i.e. integration density), speed (i.e. bandwidth), and drive power.


The objective of this incubator is to determine the ultimate device limitations while suggesting potential solutions to overcome them. Expertise, vision, and insights from all-of-the-above (i.e. academia, industry, government) will be shared, discussed, and gathered resulting in an accelerated pathway for future research and shortened communication between all players.

Guiding Questions

  1. Exploring the frontier: What are the fundamental and physical limitations of opto-electronic device?
  2. Staying real: What additional constraints are imposed by realistic challenges such as material, processing, integration?
  3. Ultimate Performance: How do these limitations relate to the ultimate achievable speed, power, and scaling for future photonic solutions?
  4. In the pipeline: What solutions are currently in the pipeline to overcome these challenges?
  5. Perspectives: What are the viewpoints of industry and the government (e.g. military & security) to guide future research towards faster time-to-market?

Program Overview

This incubator features multiple discussion panels, in-depth breakout sessions for detailed discussions and exchange, in these four sessions:

  • Session A: Understanding & Determination of Device Limits
  • Session B: Solutions & Approaches to address Limitations
  • Session C: Industry & Government Perspective
  • Session D: Merging Nanophotonics with Classical Photonics

The aim for this Incubator Meeting is not only to investigate solutions from a hypothetical standpoint, but from a realistic and industrial-viable one with a potential time-to-market in 5-10 years. While this Incubator is primarily device-focused, constraints from systems and mission-critical performance shall be incorporated. With exploring topics such as short-reach interconnects, nanoscale light sources, and active switches, the meeting will explore both the challenges and opportunities to overcome all relevant limits towards defining the “next generation” building blocks for photonics integrated circuits. In particular focusing on device integration that satisfies future data and computing demands for consumer IT, web 2.0, defense, and national security and intelligence purposes. By bringing together the research and development sides of the field, this Incubator aims to kickstart a longer conversation to ultimately accelerate prototyping and time-to-market, while identifying potential funding opportunities.

Meeting Sponsors


Meeting Schedule

(check back for full agenda)
The program, including breakfasts and lunches, will be held at OSA Headquarters, 2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Day 1: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
  • Begins with dinner, location to be determined, at 18:00
Day 2: Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Breakfast begins at 8:00
  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite
  • Dinner, location to be determined, begins at 18:00
Day 3: Friday May 16, 2014
  • Breakfast begins at 8:00
  • Program begins at 8:30, lunch is included onsite
  • Program adjourns at 16:00

Are you interested in attending?

This meeting is invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please send your CV to osaincubator@osa.org.

Additional Information

This page will provide you with information on receiving a letter of invitation if required for your visa as well as additional logistical and area information.