Prof. Eli Kapon

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Title: Long-wavelength semiconductor VCSELs

Biography:

Prof. Eli Kapon received his Ph.D. in physics from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 1982. He then spent two years at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, as a Chaim Weizmann Research Fellow, and from 1984 till 1993 he was with Bellcore, New Jersey, first as member of technical staff, and from 1989 as District Manager. He managed the Quantum Structures District and the Integrated Optoelectronics District at Bellcore from 1989 till 1992 and from 1992 till 1993, respectively. In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Physics of Nanostructures at the Physics Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where he heads the Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures. He is currently serving as Director of the Institute of Quantum Electronics and Photonics in the Faculty of Basic Sciences at EPFL. His research interests include self-organization of nanostructures, optical properties and electron transport in low-dimensional quantum structures, quantum wire and quantum dot lasers, photonic crystals and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers. He is author or co-author of >300 journal articles, >10 patents, and editor of two books on semiconductor lasers. He is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Physical Society of America, and a recipient of a 2007 Humboldt Research Award.

Prof. Guy Millot

Université de Bourgogne, France

Title: Electro-optic dual comb spectroscopy

Biography:

Prof. Guy Millot, is a physicist who has made numerous pioneering contributions in nonlinear optical physics including laser spectroscopy and ultrafast guided optics. During the first decade of his career (1984-1995) he obtained international recognition in the field of laser Raman spectroscopy applied to combustion media. In 1994 he was promoted to a full Professor position and began working on the theme of optical solitons and nonlinear fibre optics. In a very short space of time he developed in his laboratories in Dijon an internationally-leading research group in this field, which has achieved numerous important scientific breakthroughs and is internationally-acknowledged as one of the foremost groups working in the field. His personal input has been central to the expansion of the group into new and significant research fields. He is regularly contacted by world-leading theoreticians in the field of nonlinear guided waves for collaborations. He is internationally considered amongst the world's expert in fields such as optical solitons and similaritons, modulation instabilities, polarization effects, rogue waves, nonlinear propagation dynamics in optical fibres and applications in telecommunications.

Dr. Jeroen Koelemeij

VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Title: Accurate fiber-optic time and frequency distribution for enhanced terrestrial timing and positioning systems

Biography:

After receiving his PhD in physics in 2004, Dr. Jeroen Koelemeij pursued a career in the measurement of time and frequency using lasers and atomic clocks, and the distribution of clock signals through optical fiber networks. He acquired five prestigious stipends and fellowships which enabled him to work in some of the world's leading physical laboratories. After a productive intermediate stay as a researcher at Statistics Netherlands (CBS), he continued his career in academic science with a Veni grant (2008) and subsequently a STW/Vidi grant (2012), awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He is currently pushing the development of the building blocks for 'super-synchronized' optical telecommunication networks in the Netherlands, which may one day form the basis of extremely precise positioning and timing systems ('SuperGPS'). He is also supervising the development of new techniques at LaserLaB VU, exploiting lasers and trapped atoms and molecules to realize more accurate clocks, and for validity checks of fundamental physical theories. He has collaborated with a number of academic research groups and companies, both from the Netherlands and abroad. His activities furthermore include the full-time supervision of undergraduate and PhD students, and postdocs.

Dr. Chris Broderick

University of Bristol, UK

Title: Dilute bismide semiconductor alloys: a new material platform for GaAs- and InP-based near- and mid-infrared semiconductor lasers

Biography:

Since April 2015, Dr. Broderick is working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Photonics Group at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Prof. Judy M. Rorison. His research is primarily focused on the theory and design of semiconductor quantum dot solar cells, including analysis of the electronic and optical properties of novel heterostructures, as well as device theory and simulation. Prior to this, he was with the Photonics Theory Group at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, where he was an Irish Resarch Council EMBARK Postgraduate Scholar at the Department of Physics, University College Cork, Ireland. His doctoral research focused on developing the theory of the electronic and optical properties of bismuth-containing III-V semiconductor alloys for photonics applications.