The tool box of integrated nanophotonics today is rich : from the ability to guide and amplify multiple wavelength sources at GHz bandwidths, to optomechanical MEMS and opto-fluidics devices. Using highly confined photonic structures, much smaller than the wavelength of light, we have demonstrated ultra-compact passive and active silicon photonic components that enhance the electro-optical, mechanical and non-linear properties of the material. I will provide an overview of recent advances and challenges in the field. As an example of silicon photonics capabilities, I will describe ultrahigh speed devices that enable one to dynamically modulate the structure’s optical properties on the same time scale as the photon time of flight, leading to unique applications such as optical isolators on a silicon chip.
Prof. Michal Lipson received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1998. In December 1998, she joined the Department of Material Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate. In 2001, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, where she is currently the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering. Her research at Cornell involves novel on-chip nanophotonic devices. She is the inventor of over 15 patents regarding novel micron-size photonic structures for light manipulation. She is the coauthor of more than 200 papers in the major research journals in physics and optics. Dr. Lipson is a McArthur Fellow, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, IBM Faculty Award and Blavatnik Award.