Seminar - Professor Winnie Ye

Friday, October 18, 2013 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)


Professor Winnie Ye
Carleton University


Silicon Photonics and Its Applications


Silicon based photonics has been under great scrutiny in recent years due to their potential for making highly compact monolithic integration of multifunctional electronic and photonic devices on the same substrate. The most popular platform is the high index contrast silicon-on- insulator (SOI) system. The high refractive index contrast between the silica cladding and the silicon waveguide core facilitates the confinement and guiding of light in structures within submicron or nanometer dimensions. In addition, the mature silicon microfabrication technology establishes a firm foundation for making low-cost and compact integrated photonic devices. A wide range of active and passive optical devices has been realized on the SOI platform. The applications of these devices can be found in high-speed communications, health industry, chemical and biological analysis, environmental monitoring, optical interconnects, and renewable energy. This talk will describe the state of the art silicon based components and systems that are reported in the literature, as well as the on-going projects at Carleton University.

Speaker's biography

Dr. Winnie Ye is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nano-scale IC Design for Reliable Opto-Electronics and Sensors. She received her B.Eng. degree from Carleton University. She then studied photonics and received her M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto and Carleton University, respectively. After working with the Silicon Photonics/Optoelectronics team at the National Research Council (NRC) during her Ph.D. program, she joined MIT and Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow to work on optoelectronic integration and nanofabrication. Dr. Ye joined Carleton University in 2009, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics. She is the recipient of MRI's Early Researcher Award (2012) and Carleton University's Research Achievement Award (2013). Her expertise is in silicon photonics and its applications in bio-sensing, telecommunications, and renewable energy.

Invited by Dayan Ban