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Fun with photons!

Originating Calendar ECE ILLINOIS Saturday Engineering for Everyone
Speaker Kent D. Choquette, ECE ILLINOIS professor
Date: 4/15/2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

1002 ECE Building, Grainger Auditorium



Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

How does your phone send pictures to Facebook? How does information travel through the internet? Photonics.

Photonics, where light is used to transmit information, have created a revolution in the way we communicate. Researchers at the University of Illinois have been part of it, developing miniature lasers which are central to the photonic revolution.

This presentation will introduce the semiconductor laser and describe a device that is much smaller than a grain of sugar. Plus you'll learn about applications of this laser (i.e. how to make money).



Kent D. Choquette has been a member of the ECE ILLINOIS faculty since 2000, previously working at Bell Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories. His research group is centered around the design, fabrication and characterization of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), novel microcavity light sources, nano-fabrication technologies, and hybrid integration techniques. Professor Choquette was awarded the Engineering Achievement Award from the IEEE Photonics Society, the Technology Achievement Award from SPIE, and the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award from the Optical Society of America.  He is a Fellow of IEEE Photonics Society, the Optical Society of America (OSA), SPIE, and the American Association for Advancement of Science. Prof. Choquette is currently serving as the President of the IEEE Photonics Society.

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