Silicon Photonics and Photonic Crystals: Device Engineering and Physics Understanding

Dr. Wei Jiang, Rutgers University, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CoRE Board Room 701


Silicon photonics offers a low-cost platform for building large-scale photonic devices and circuits, potentially replicating the success of silicon microelectronics in photonics. Photonic crystal nanostructures provide novel physical mechanisms, such as the slow-light effect and superprism effect, to reduce the size and improve the performance of silicon photonic devices. This talk will review our recent work on silicon-compatible waveguides, including slow-light photonic crystal waveguides, for use as on-chip optical delay lines. Particularly, some fundamental physical issues of photonic crystal waveguides such as slow-light loss will be addressed. Optical delay lines have applications in phased array antennas, optical signal processing, and optical modulation. It will be shown that the current slow-light loss levels are sufficient for some applications, whereas challenges remain in other applications. This talk will also review our work on dual racetrack silicon micro-resonators for quadrature amplitude modulation. Potential applications of these device components in optical communications, optical interconnects, laser beam steering, and optical signal processing will be discussed.

Bio sketch

Wei Jiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He received his B.S. degree in physics from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in 1996, and his M.A. degree in physics and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. His research interests encompass silicon photonics, photonic crystals, nanophotonics, and their applications in various optoelectronic systems.