IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


April 18, 2019
6:30 PM

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Forbes Road

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Integrated Lithium-Niobate Photonics

Prof. Marko Lončar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Prof. Marko Lončar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Abstract:  Lithium niobate (LN) is an “old” material with many applications in optical and microwave technologies, owing to its unique properties that include large second order nonlinear susceptibility, large piezoelectric response, and wide optical transparency window. Conventional LN components, including modulators and periodically polled frequency converters, have been the workhorse of the optoelectronic industry. They are reaching their limits, however, as they rely on weakly guiding ion-diffusion defined optical waveguides in bulk LN crystal. I will discuss our efforts aimed at the development of integrated LN platform, featuring sub-wavelength scale light confinement and dense integration of optical and electrical components [1]. Examples of devices to be discussed include integrated LN electro-optic modulators that can be driven directly by a CMOS circuit [2], electro-optic frequency combs [3], Kerr frequency combs [4], and microwave-to-optical transducers [5]. Finally, various approaches to perform nonlinear wavelength conversion in LN waveguides will be discussed [6].

1. M. Zhang, C. Wang, R.  Cheng, A. Shams-Ansari, and M. Loncar, “Monolithic Ultrahigh-Q Lithium Niobate Microring Resonator.” Optica, 4, 1536 (2017).

2. C. Wang, M. Zhang, X. Chen, M. Bertrand, A. Shams-Ansari, S. Chandrasekhar, P. Winzer, and M. Loncar. “Integrated lithium niobate electro-optic modulators operating at CMOS-compatible voltages.” Nature, 562, 101 (2018)

3. M. Zhang, B. Buscaino, C. Wang, A. Shams-Ansari, C. Reimer, R. Zhu, J. Kahn, and M. Loncar. “Broadband electro-optic frequency comb generation in an integrated microring resonator.” arXiv:1809.08636

4. C. Wang, M. Zhang, R. Zhu, H. Hu, and M. Loncar. “Monolithic photonic circuits for Kerr frequency comb generation, filtering and modulation.” arXiv:1809.08637 (in review in Nature Communications)

5. M. Zhang, C. Wang, Y. Hu, A. Shams-Ansari, T. Ren, S. Fan, and M. Loncar. “Electronically Programmable Photonic Molecule.” Nature Photonics, Pp. 36–40 (2019)

6. C. Wang, C. Langrock, A. Marandi, M. Jankowski, M. Zhang, B. Desiatov, M. M. Fejer, and M. Lončar. “Ultrahigh-efficiency wavelength conversion in nanophotonic periodically poled lithium niobate waveguides.” Optica, 5, 1438 (2018)


Biography:  Marko Loncar is Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard's John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), as well as Harvard College Professor. Loncar received his Diploma from University of Belgrade (R. Serbia) in 1997, and his PhD from Caltech in 2003 (with Axel Scherer), both in Electrical Engineering. After completing his postdoctoral studies at Harvard (with Federico Capasso), he joined SEAS faculty in 2006. Loncar is expert in nanophotonics and nanofabrication, and his current research interests include quantum and nonlinear nanophotonics, quantum optomechanics, high-power optics, and nanofabrication. He has received NSF CAREER Award in 2009 and Sloan Fellowship in 2010. In recognition of his teaching activities, Loncar has been awarded Levenson Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2012), and has been named Harvard College Professor in 2017. Loncar is fellow of Optical Society of America, and Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE.


This meeting begins at 7 PM Thursday, April 18th, 2019 and will be located at 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA, 02420. Note this is a satellite location ~1.5mi away from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The meeting is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Prior to the seminar there will be social time and networking from 6:30 – 7:00PM. Pizza will also be provided. The seminar will begin at 7:00PM. For more information contact Cheryl Sorace-Agaskar, IEEE Boston Photonics Society chair at, or visit the IEEE Boston Photonics Society website at


Location:  MIT Lincoln Laboratory Forbes Road

3 Forbes Road

Lexington, MA 02420

Directions to MIT Lincoln Laboratory Forbes Road: (from interstate I-95/Route 128)

The Forbes site is off Marrett Road (Route 2A) which crosses Rte-128 at Exit 30. Please see the link below for more details: