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Joyce Poon , Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, University of Toronto, Technical University of Berlin

From Optical Communications to the Brain: Integrated 3D Silicon Photonics

16.04.2019 (Tuesday) , 13:30 - 14:30
Barkhausenbau, BAR I89 , Georg-Schumann-Str. 11/13 , 01187 Dresden

Foundry-manufactured, monolithically integrated multilayer silicon nitride-on-silicon photonic platforms are suitable for large-scale photonic circuits.  These photonic platforms contain several waveguide layers, and light is routed amongst the layers to create 3D photonic devices and circuits.  We have realized a suite of devices in these platforms, including ultra-low-loss waveguide crossings, multi-layer grating couplers, and efficient modulators.  These advancements, which were initially driven by telecommunications, are leading to neurophotonic implants for brain activity mapping.

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Joyce Poon is a Director of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin.  At the University of Toronto, she holds the Canada Research Chair in Integrated Photonic Devices. She and her team specialize in integrated photonics on silicon. 


Prof. Poon obtained the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2007 and 2003 respectively, and the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (physics option) from the University of Toronto in 2002.  Recognitions she has received include an ECE Department Teaching Award (2017), OFC Top-Scored Paper (2017), the McCharles Prize for Early Research Career Distinction (2013), MIT TR35 (2012), and the IBM Faculty Award (2010, 2011). She is a Fellow of the Optical Society.

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