AIM Photonics Member Successes and Updates

Friday, 11 June 11:30 – 12:30

Session Description:

As AIM Photonics approaches 6 year anniversary, there are number of successes and achievements in integrated photonics.  This symposium highlights key program successes from AIM Photonics members and partners.

Moderator:

Frank Tolic, AIM Photonics, USA

Presenters:

Benjamin L. Miller, University of Rochester, USA
Presentation Title: Building Versatile Photonic Sensors For COVID-19 and Other Viral Pathogens at AIM Photonics

Todd Stievater, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Presentation Title: A New Wideband Low-Loss, Low-Fluorescence Passive SiN Platform at AIM Photonics

Michael L. Fanto, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
Presentation Title: Quantum Integrated Photonics: Progress in Foundry Level Fabrication

John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Presentation Title: Laser integration for Data Center Silicon Photonics

Biographies:

John Bowers, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Presentation Title: Laser integration for Data Center Silicon Photonics

John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Kavli Professor of Nanotechnology in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Stanford University. He previously worked for Bell Labs and Honeywell. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and American Physical Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE/LEOS William Streifer Award, the OSA Holonyak Award, the OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award and the IEEE Photonics award.  He has published two books, eleven book chapters, 800 journal papers, 1000 conference papers and has received 70 patents.
 

Michael L. Fanto, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
Presentation Title: Quantum Integrated Photonics: Progress in Foundry Level Fabrication
Abstract: Silicon integrated photonics has grown in the last decade to fill the market with classical devices that offer tremendous SWaP benefits over conventional bulk optics or fiber components.  For quantum systems the material and device losses present were still too large to allow for larger scaling of systems at the single and low photon level. Over the last couple years, both industry and government laboratories have worked closely with commercial foundries to drop the optical losses to levels that now can scale quantum systems.  This research area, the results, and the next steps forward for integrating other materials and qubit systems into the platform will be the subject of my talk.

Michael Fanto is a Senior Research Physicist with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in the Quantum Technologies Branch located in Rome, New York.  He is the experimental lead for the quantum information processing group where he conducts research on quantum integrated photonics, heterogeneous qubit integration, entanglement distribution, quantum networking, and quantum information processing.  He completed his BS degree in Physics from Utica College, and his Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering focused on ultrawide-bandgap quantum integrated photonics from Rochester Institute of Technology. 
 

Benjamin L. Miller, University of Rochester, USA
Presentation Title: Building Versatile Photonic Sensors For COVID-19 and Other Viral Pathogens at AIM Photonics

Abstract: Detection of antibodies to upper respiratory pathogens is critical to surveillance, assessment of the immune status of individuals, vaccine development, and basic biology. Working in collaboration with AIM Photonics, we have developed an integrated photonic sensor for anti-SARS-CoV-2 and other antibodies. The sensor platform itself provides state of the art performance and is extendable to a broad range of biosensing applications.

Prof. Benjamin L. Miller received his undergraduate degrees from Miami University (Ohio) in Chemistry (B.S.), Mathematics (A.B.), and German (A.B.) in 1988, and a Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1994 from Stanford University. Following a stint as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, he joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1996. He is currently Dean’s Professor of Dermatology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, and Optics. His laboratory works on novel optical chem- and biosensors, with particular interests in integrated photonics and sensors for cost- and resource-sensitive applications. Miller is a founder of Adarza BioSystems, Inc., and is the Academic Lead for Integrated Photonic Sensors in AIM Photonics. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, OSA, and AIMBE.
 

Todd Stievater, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Presentation Title: A New Wideband Low-Loss, Low-Fluorescence Passive SiN Platform at AIM Photonics
Abstract: We describe a new wideband (700 nm to 1625 nm), low-loss, low-fluorescence, custom passive photonic platform developed at AIM Photonics. The SiN waveguides have losses measured at or below 10 dB/m at 1550nm, 1310 nm, and 1064 nm, and loss below 50 dB/m at 785 nm. The platform includes a number of features for sensing applications, including sensing trenches in which the top oxide cladding is removed, and an almost complete elimination of waveguide fluorescence. Since the platform is built from the AIM Photonics MPW process, it is compatible with the existing passives and packaging PDKs, and is characterized by a 100 nm minimum feature size. We will discuss the application of this platform for WERS-based chemical agent sensing, as well as other applications in areas such as quantum photonics and microwave photonics.

Todd Stievater is a research physicist in the Photonics Technology Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Dr. Stievater currently leads research efforts in nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, semiconductor photonics, and chemical sensing. He has authored or co-authored over 150 journal publications and conference presentations and holds nine patents related to this work. He is a Senior Member of the Optical Society.
 

Frank Tolic, AIM Photonics, USA

Frank Tolic is the Chief Marketing Officer of AIM Photonics. As AIM’s CMO, Frank is responsible for development and execution of marketing strategies that expand the AIM brand, membership, technology, and services to the photonics community. He is also SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Associate Vice President for Business, wafer processing, where he focuses on the creation of new business partnerships and is responsible for growing AIM Photonics and SUNY Poly’s core strategic technical and corporate partnerships. Prior to this assignment, he managed a portfolio of over one billion dollars in semiconductor business across the globe in support of semiconductor equipment, consumable, research, and manufacturing companies at Novati Technologies, SVTC, ATDF, and SEMATECH. Prior to his business role, Tolic was a Sr. Device Integration Engineer at Motorola’s Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratory, in Austin, TX. He received both Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, holds number of patents, and has published and presented various technical and business topics throughout his 30 years in in the semiconductor industry.