IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society


Apr 10, 2014
6:30 PM

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits for Telecommunications Slides

Dr. Chris Doerr, Acacia Communications, Maynard, MA

Co-sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

Co-sponsored by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society


Dr. Chris Doerr, Acacia Communications, Maynard, MA

Abstract:  As the complexity of optical transceivers for metro and long-haul fiber-optic links has risen, their costs are becoming prohibitive to keeping up with Internet growth.  A solution is optical integration.  This talk focuses on optical integration in silicon, which, with a sustainable foundry model and high-quality performance, is starting a new paradigm in telecom.

Recommended Reading: R. Nagarajan, C. Doerr, and F. Kish, “Semiconductor Photonic Integrated Circuit Transmitters and Receivers,” in in Optical Fiber Telecommunications VI, 2013. Open-Access link on Google Books.


Biography:  Christopher R. Doerr earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He attended MIT on an Air Force scholarship and earned pilot wings in 1991. Since coming to Bell Labs in 1995, Doerr’s research has focused on integrated devices for optical communication.  He has created many photonic circuits in InP, silica, and silicon and has over 130 patents.

He was promoted to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2000, received the OSA Engineering Excellence Award in 2002, and became an IEEE Fellow in 2006, an OSA Fellow in 2009, and a Bell Labs Fellow in 2011.  Doerr was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters from 2007-2009.  He was awarded the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award in 2009.  He was promoted to Technical Manager in 2010.  In 2011 he joined Acacia Communications as Director of Integrated Photonics.  He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology.  He is currently a program chair for the Optical Fiber Communication Conference.

He draws cartoons for the IEEE Photonics Society News. He is married to Neriko Musha and has two children.  


Location:  MIT Lincoln Laboratory