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Short Courses

SC160 - Microwave Photonics

Monday, 25 March
08:30 - 12:30 (Pacific Time (US & Canada), UTC - 08:00)

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Jose Capmany, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Short Course Description:

The field of microwave photonics, sometimes termed RF photonics or analog photonics, has a long history and continues to expand despite the advances in digital electronics and optics.  The Microwave Photonics Short Course has been revised and updated to keep pace with the accelerating associated topics.  The course is organized into two parts; fundamentals are covered in the first section before moving on to applications of the technology.  In Part I basic concepts such as microwave performance metrics, sources of noise and distortion in analog photonics, and modulation/demodulation techniques are covered.  The applications analyzed in Part II include links, delay line signal processing, phased arrays, frequency translation, microwave generation, and conversion between analog and digital signals.  A thorough and current bibliography is provided throughout, promoting continued research by students in the exciting field of microwave photonics.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Analyze microwave photonic components, subsystems and systems.

  • Discuss, relate and contrast analog and digital fiber optics.

  • Design optical systems for microwave applications.

  • Identify microwave systems which may benefit from utilizing analog optics.


Short Course Audience:

The course attendee should have a basic understanding of lasers, photodetectors, and fiber optics.  A bachelor’s degree in physics or electrical engineering, or an equivalent level of experience, is prerequisite.

Instructor Biography:

Dr. Dr. José Capmany is a Full Professor in Photonics and leader of the Photonics Research Labs (www.prl.upv.es) at the institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (www.iteam.upv.es), Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain.  He holds BSc+MSc degrees and doctorates in Electrical Engineering and Physics.

He has published over 600 papers in international refereed journals and conferences and has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC). He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE. He is also a founder and chief innovation officer of the spin-off companies VLC Photonics (acquired by Hitachi in 2020) dedicated to the design of photonic integrated circuits and iPronics (www.ipronics.com) dedicated to programmable photonics.

Professor Capmany is the 2012 King James I Prize Laureate on novel technologies and the National Research award in Engineering 2020, the two highest scientific distinctions in Spain, for his outstanding contributions to the field of microwave photonics. He has also received the Engineering achievement award from the IEEE Photonics Society and the Innovation prize from the Royal Society of Physics in Sapin. He is an ERC Advanced and Proof of concept grantee and was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society for the 2013-14 term. Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2010-2016) and the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology (2016-2018). He served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics from 2018 to 2022.