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Visible Light Photonic Integration for Atomic and Quantum Sciences and Applications


Location: EER 3.646
Daniel J. Blumenthal
University of California, Santa Barbara


Visible light integrated photonics will enable compact, reliable quantum and atomic experiments and have the potential to bring about improved performance, scalability, and new functionality, for sensing, compute, clocks, and metrology. We discuss progress in ultra-low loss silicon nitride integration towards precision lasers, modulators, and higher level functions for cold atom, trapped ion and neutral atom based experiments and applications. 


Dr. Blumenthal is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB, Director of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center and heads the Optical Communications and Photonics Integration group. He is Co-Founder of Calient Networks, Packet Photonics, and SiNoptiq. He holds 23 patents and has published over 530 papers in the areas of optical communications, optical packet switching, ultra-low loss silicon nitride waveguides, integrated ultra-stable ultra-narrow linewidth lasers, integrated atom and quantum photonics, optical gyro sensors, indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits, and microwave photonics. He is co-author of Tunable Laser Diodes and Related Optical Sources (New York: IEEE–Wiley, 2005). Dr. Blumenthal is the 2020 recipient of the Optica Society C. E. K. Mees Medal, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Optica Society. He is recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award. Blumenthal received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1993), the M.S.E.E. from Columbia University (1988) and the B.S.E.E from the University of Rochester (1981).