Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics

Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics

Integrated Photonics Research (IPR) is the premier and longest-running meeting dedicated to groundbreaking advances in research and development of integrated photonic and nano-photonic technologies on all relevant material platforms.  

IPR brings together experts from both academia and industry for an open discussion of cutting-edge research, trends and problems. IPR 2017 will continue with the broadened scope started in 2015, which incorporated new sub committees dedicated to emerging areas. They will cover the emerging topics in nano-photonics, new materials for photonics, such as two dimensional materials, epsilon-near-zero materials, integrated photonics for high precision applications such as frequency combs, electro-optic oscillators. Panel and open discussion sessions will also be included to facilitate a forum for free exchange of ideas and related discussion.

Application areas within the scope of this meeting are very broad and include, but are not restricted to: optical tele- and data communications; optical interconnects, switching and storage; data and information processing, including integrated quantum circuits; and optical monitoring and sensing, including mid-IR photonics. On the material side, traditional III-V semiconductor photonic devices and integrated circuits; silicon based devices and waveguide circuitry; silica on silicon and polymer photonic lightwave circuits as well as new and emerging material platforms such as graphene, 2D materials, and transparent conducting oxides are all within the scope of IPR.

  1. Photonic Devices  
    1. Silicon and other Group IV integrated photonics: devices and complex circuits
      1. SOI-based materials,
      2. Passive and active devices
      3. Hybrid Light emitters, lasers, isolators, amplifiers, passives
    2. III-V and Compound Semiconductor Devices
      1. Semiconductor modulators;
      2. Filters;
      3. Switches;
      4. Lasers;
      5. VCSELs;
      6. Planar amplifiers;
      7. Compound semiconductor WDM components;
      8. Novel III-V quantum optoelectronic devices;
    3. III-V Materials and Processing for Photonics
      1. Reliability advances and issues;
      2. Emerging packaging technologies.
    4. Dielectric and Polymer Waveguides and Waveguide Devices
      1. Integrated planar waveguides;
      2. Polymer-based waveguide devices;
      3. Active/passive integrated components;
      4. Switches;
      5. Variable optical attenuators;
      6. Modulators;
      7. Filters;
      8. Integrated isolators and circulators;
      9. Planar dispersion compensators;
    5. Materials and Fabrication Technologies for Photonic Integrated Circuits
      1. Characterization of linear and nonlinear optical waveguide devices;
      2. Micro-machines and micro-optic components;
      3. Parallel optical interconnects;
      4. Reliability advances and issues;
      5. Novel assembly and manufacturing techniques; and low cost technology for polymer devices.
      6. Non-reciprocal devices.
    6. LiNbO3 - and Other Pockels Effect based devices
    7. Optical isolators
    8. Nanophotonics:  nanostructured photonic devices
      1.  Photonic crystals (waveguides, resonators, light sources)
      2.  Nano-engineered devices for the generation, transport and detection of light
      3. Sub-wavelength devices
      4.  Biological and chemical transducers
    9. Nanostructured photovoltaics
    10. Plasmonics
    11.  Nanofabrication Technology
      1. Lithography and etching techniques
      2.  Growth and deposition approaches
      3.  Self-organized methods
    12.  Nanoscale structure characterization
  2. Integrated Photonics Applications
    1. Photonic integrated circuits and optoelectronic integrated circuits;
    2. Application of novel fabrication and material technologies for integrated photonics
    3. Photonic integrated circuits for telecom and Datacom applications
    4. Photonic integrated circuits for optical sensing
    5. Novel application of photonic integrated circuits
    6. New functionality implemented in photonic integrated circuits
  3. Integrated High Precision Photonics
    1. Frequency comb generation
    2. Solitons
    3.  Mode locked lasers
    4.  Ultra-narrow linewidth oscillators
    5. Harmonic generation
    6. Raman and Brillouin gain
    7. Super-continuum generation
    8. Frequency (up/down) conversion
    9. Infrared and ultraviolet generation
    10. Physics, theory and applications of linear and nonlinear processes in novel integrated structures
    11. Nonlinear switching, modulation, memories and logic,
    12. Nonlinear optics in metamaterials, and opto-mechanics.
    13. Quantum technology applications
    14. On-chip optical trapping
  4. New Materials for Photonics
    1. Novel Materials for Advanced Opto-Electronics:
      1. Active Graphene Photonics
      2. Beyond Graphene: the new class of 2D materials
      3. Giant index modulation in transparent conductive oxides
      4. Epsilon Near Zero materials
    2. Theory, Simulation and Novel Physical Insights:
      1. Devices Beyond Conventional Limits;
      2. Enhanced Light Matter Interactions
      3. Computational Analysis and Methods
    3. Emerging Opto-electronic Devices and Platforms
      1. Plasmons and Nanolasers
      2. Ultra Compact Electro-optic Modulators
      3. Nano-Photonic Device Integration
      4. Heterogeneous and Hybrid Platforms
Benjamin Eggleton, University of SydneyAustraliaInducing and Harnessing Photon-phonon Interactions in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits, Plenary

Sergey Babin, Institute of Automation and ElectrometryRussiaGeneration of Compressible Chirped Pulses (Dissipative Solitons) at New Wavelengths via Raman and FWM Processes in Fibers, Invited

Ronald Broeke, Bright Photonics BVNetherlandsAWG Development across Photonic Integration Technology Platforms , Invited

Connie Chang-Hasnain, University of California BerkeleyUnited StatesHigh Contrast Metastructured Surface for Photonic Devices , Invited

Yanne Chembo, FEMTO-ST InstituteFrancePerspectives on Microresonator Optical Frequency Combs, Invited

Brian Corbett, Tyndall National InstituteIrelandTransferred III-V materials - Novel Devices and Integration, Invited

David de Felipe Mesquida, Fraunhofer Inst Nachricht Henrich-HertzGermanyPolymer-Based Hybrid Photonic Integration for Flexible PIC Design, Invited

Dirk Englund, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesProgrammable Nanophotonics for Quantum Simulation and Machine Learning , Invited

Andrea Fratalocchi, King Abdullah Univ of Sci & TechnologySaudi ArabiaOn-chip, Ultrafast Pulse Generation with Near-field Anapole Nanolasers, Invited

Stephen Jones, Oclaro, Inc.United KingdomState-of-the-art InP Photonic Integrated Components, Invited

Christian Koos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KITGermanyPhotonic Integration for Metrology and Sensing, Invited

Juerg Leuthold, ETH ZurichSwitzerlandUltrafast Plasmonics, Invited

Barry Luther-Davies, The Australian National UniversityAustraliaWaveguides for Nonlinear Optics in the Mid Infrared, Invited

Kevin MacDonald, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomMerging Photonic Metamaterial and Optical Fiber Technologies, Invited

Andrey Matsko, OEwaves IncUnited StatesKerr Frequency Comb Stabilization and Locking , Invited

Attila Mekis, Luxtera IncUnited StatesSilicon Integrated Photonics Reliability, Invited

Rajesh Menon, University of UtahUnited StatesEngineering Nanostructures for Ultra-compact, Multi-functional Integrated Photonics, Invited

David A. B. Miller, Stanford UniversityUnited StatesNovel Integrated and Self-configuring Photonic Architectures for Sensing, Communications and Processing, Invited

Gregory Moille, NIST/UMDUnited StatesParametric Interactions with Microwatt Pump In III/V Resonators , Invited

Nathalie Picque, Max-Planck-Institut fur QuantenoptikGermanyIntegrated Photonics for Frequency Comb Generation and Comb-based Molecular Sensing, Invited

Paolo Pintus, Uni. of California Santa BarbaraHeterogeneous Silicon Optical Circulators and Isolators, Invited

Joyce Poon, University of TorontoCanadaMultilayer silicon integrated photonic platforms for 3D photonic devices and circuits, Invited

Milos Popovic, Boston UniversityUnited StatesNonlinear And Time-variant Microring-resonator Photonic Circuits: A Wavelength Converter, Entropy Pump, and Quantum Biphoton Synthesizer , Invited

Johann Peter Reithmaier, Ins. of Nanostructure Tech. & AnalyticsGermanyInP-based Quantum Dot Lasers, Invited

Yuya Shoji, Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapanMagneto-optical Nonreciprocal Devices for Silicon Photonics , Invited

Takasumi Tanabe, Keio UniversityJapanStimulated Raman Scattering Comb in a Silica Microcavity, Invited

Mark Wade, Ayar LabsA High-Volume CMOS Platform for Electronic-Photonic Integration, Invited

Kevin Williams, Technische Universiteit EindhovenNetherlandsProspects for Electronic-Photonic Integration, Invited

Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at ArlingtonUnited StatesActive Photonic Crystal Devices for 3D Integrated Photonics, Invited

Luca Dal Negro, Boston UniversityUnited StatesSilicon-Based Metaphotonics: Engineering Photonic-Plasmonic Coupling for Active Device Applications, Keynote
Milan Mashanovitch, Freedom PhotonicsUnited States
David Moss, Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia

Program Chairs
Jonathan Klamkin, University of California Santa BarbaraUnited States
Yoshiaki Nakano, University of TokyoJapan
1. Photonic Devices 
Anna Tauke-Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratory, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Shamsul Arafin, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Meredith Hutchinson, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Di Liang, HP Labs, USA  
Pascual Munoz, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain          
Jon Roth, Juniper Networks Inc., USA
Joseph Summers, Infinera Corp, USA
Koji Takeda, NTT Device Technology Labs, Japan   
2. Integrated Photonics Applications 
Andreas Beling, University of Virginia, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Daoxin Dai, Zhejiang University, China
Tetsuya Kawanishi, Waseda University, Japan
Katarzyna Lawniczuk, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Molly Piels, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Cyril Renaud,  University College London, UK     
Maura Raburn, Google, USA
Sasa Ristic, McGill University, Canada
Andreas Steffan, Finisar Corporation, Germany

3. Integrated High Precision Photonics 
Marco Peccianti, University of Sussex, UK, Subcommittee Chair  
Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA
Miro Juhani Erkintalo, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Amy Foster, Johns Hopkins University, USA  
François Leo, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Kaoru Minoshima, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Gualtiero Nunzi Conti, Ist di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, Italy
Martin Rochette, McGill University, Canada
Stefan Wabnitz, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy

4. New Materials for Photonics
Volker Sorger, George Washington University, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Karen Grutter, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), USA
Boubacar Kante, University of California San Diego, USA
Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jason Meyers, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Allesandro Salandrino, University of Kansas, USA
Xing Sheng, Tsinghua University, China

OSA FoundationStudent & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 25 July, 12:30 - 14:00
Toulouse A

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

OSA Material Studies Technical GroupEmerging Optical Materials: Perovskites, 2D Optical Materials and Nanocolloids

Wednesday, 26 July, 12:30 – 14:00
St Charles B

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring new and emerging optical materials. The panel will feature Dr. Barry Rand of Princeton University, Dr. Christian Klinke from the University of Hamburg, Dr. Parag Deotar from the University of Michigan, and Dr. García de Arquer from the University of Toronto. Each panelist will give a five minute talk highlighting the progress and challenges of their respective areas. Following their talks Dr. Garo Khanarian, who serves as chair of the Optical Material Studies Technical Group, will lead a discussion bringing together the different topics and opening the conversation to participation from attendees. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as lunch will be provided.

Ben EggletonBen Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Inducing and Harnessing Photon-phonon Interactions in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained the Bachelor's degree (with honors) in Science in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996.

Shu Namiki
Shu Namiki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Challenges and Impact of Dynamic Optical-Layer Switching - Ten years of VICTORIES and Beyond

Shu Namiki is a Director of Data Photonics Project Unit of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan. His current research interests include software defined dynamic optical path networking and their enabling devices such as nonlinear fiber-optics and silicon photonics. He is currently serving as Chair of Executive Committee of a national project called “Vertically Integrated Center for Technologies of Optical Routing toward Ideal Energy Savings (VICTORIES)” in collaboration with ten telecom-related companies. He has co-authored more than 300 conference presentations, papers, book chapters, articles, and patents. Dr. Namiki is a Fellow of OSA, and a member of IEICE, JSAP, and IEEE Photonics Society and Communications Society

Dimitra Simeonidou
Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Lighting the Way Towards a New Era of Digital Transformation

Dimitra is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab (, the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Bristol Is Open and the Head of the High Performance Networks group (HPN). 
Her research is focusing in the fields of High Performance Networks, Software Defined Networking, Network Convergence and Smart City infrastructures. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She worked in Alcatel Submarine Networks as a Principle Engineer and she has been co-founder of two spin-out companies. The latest company is the University of Bristol, venture capital funded, spin-out Zeetta Networks (, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Since 2015,  Dimitra has been the technical architect and the CSO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open (, delivering the world’s first open and programmable experimental test-bed at city-scale. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar

Tutorial Speakers

Svetlana BoriskinaSvetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Topological Materials: New Horizons for Energy and Sustainability

Svetlana V. Boriskina is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Her research blends nanophotonics, plasmonics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and mechanics to explore intricate details of light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Svetlana is interested in fundamental aspects of energy transfer between quantum emitters, propagating and trapped photons, electron plasma oscillations (plasmons) and nanomechanical oscillations as well as in thermodynamic limitations on light trapping and energy conversion. These fundamental studies have already directly contributed to the development of new multi-functional devices and nanostructured materials for applications ranging from light generation and optical information processing to bio(chemical)sensing and solar energy harvesting and conversion.

Barry RandBarry Rand, Princeton University, USA
Novel Optical Materials and Applications (NOMA)

Metal Halide Perovskites: Processing, Interfaces, and Light Emitting Devices
We study the use of metal halide perovskites for light emitting diodes (LEDs). By understanding interface chemistry and improving film formation, we demonstrate green and red perovskite LEDs with external quantum efficiencies of approximately 10%.

Barry Rand earned a BE in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001. Then he received MA and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium. Since 2013, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He has authored more than 85 refereed journal publications, has 19 issued US patents, and has received the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016).

Frans WillemsFrans M.J. Willems, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Signal Processing in Photonics Communications (SPPCom)

Information Theory and its Application to Optical Communication
The tutorial focuses on the foundations of communication which were developed and are further investigated within the field of information theory. The lecture starts with the equivalence between waveform and vector communication in the additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) case. Then the capacity of the AWGN channel is discussed and we briefly focus on the error-correcting codes that achieve capacity. It turns out that for larger signal- to-noise ratios codes based on uniform signalling do not achieve capacity. Shaping methods are required to close the gap. We will discuss enumerative shaping techniques, and will demonstrate that their performance is good also at small block-lengths.

In the second part of the tutorial we will discuss communication over optical channels with intensity modulation and direct detection. We will show that by using the so-called square- root transform this channel becomes equivalent to a one-sided AWGN channel. This result makes it possible to directly apply the signal processing techniques that were developed for the AWGN case. The tutorial ends with some consequences of the square-root transform (signalling on a square grid, dependence of signal-to-noise ratio on distance, filtering in the optical domain). 

Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, on June 26, 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and the Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain. Since 1982, he is a staff member at the Electrical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. His research contributions are in the areas of multi-user information theory and noiseless source coding. Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 1999 he is connected to Philips Research Laboratories as an advisor. From 2001 to 2004 he served as an Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Dr. Willems is a Fellow of the IEEE since 2005.