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D13: Nanotechnology in Communications

Duration: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Dr. Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto

This seminar aims at presenting some of the most promising and novel nano-scale technologies that greatly influence communication technologies. As the chair of the nanotechnology subcommittee in the IEEE ComSoc, I aim to use this seminar as the corner stone of a growing effort to link industrial and academic professionals in the domains of communications and nanotechnology. This will be the first in a series of sessions which will provide overviews for numerous, promising and relevant technologies for the communications community.

The seminar in its proposed setting aims at providing overview through invited speakers from industry, world leading academic institutions, and pioneering figures in the field. Hence the number of speakers is limited to approximately 6-8 depending on the time available. Talks of approximately 30 minutes are planned. The speakers will present topics ranging form novel materials which manipulate EM waves in fashions that are not available in nature (negative refraction metamaterials) to nano-structuring techniques to harness EM radiation in Antennae, nano-scale waveguides, Si circuits for VLSI interconnects and optical fibers. There will also be an overview from Michael Lebby who is the CEO of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), which will provide invaluable insight in the markets in which nanotechnologies are proliferating.

The work on photonic bandgap control as well as negative index metamaterials directly affects efficiency and size of Antennae throughout the full EM spectrum. Negative refractive index metamaterials have also demonstrated tremendous promise in revolutionizing the performance and size of microwave and mm-wave components as we know them, hence enabling unprecedented levels of functionality and integration. On the other hand work on nanophotonic waveguides using plasmonic structures enables more efficient use of optics as interconnects in Si VLSI circuits. Research on nanoparticles and their integration on Si substrates is viewed as one of the most promising route to enable the realization of light sources on Si chips, which is an enabling technology for using photonics as an on chip communication mechanism. Nano-structured optical fibers will also be likely to play a role in next generation optical links where they mitigate many of the shortcomings of conventional optical fibers. In addition they enable novel functionality of fiber-based photonic components, which can be readily integrated in the optical links deploying such nano-structured fibers.

Invited Presenters:
• Nanophotonics circuits: S. Fan, Stanford University.
• Photonic bandgap antennas: I. G. Thayne, Glasgow University.
• Nanostructured meta-materials: G. Eleftheriadis, U of Toronto.
• Nano-structured fibers: P. Russell, U of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
• Nanotechnology for Si photonic devices: L. Kimerling, MIT.
• Emerging Nanotechnology Markets: M. Lebby, OIDA.


Amr S. Helmy is an Assistant Professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to his academic career, he held a position at Agilent Technologies photonic devices, R&D division, in the UK. At Agilent his responsibilities included developing distributed feedback lasers, monolithically integrated lasers, modulators and amplifiers in InP-based semiconductors. He also developed high-powered submarine-class 980 nm InGaAs pump lasers. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Glasgow with a focus on photonic fabrication technologies, in 1999 and 1994 respectively. He received his B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1993, in electronics and telecommunications engineering. His research interests include photonic device physics and characterization techniques, with emphasis on nonlinear optics in III-V semiconductors; applied optical spectroscopy in III-V optoelectronic devices and materials; III-V fabrication and monolithic integration techniques. Amr is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America. He is also serving as the associate editor - Canada for the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics society News Letter, a member of the Optical Materials and processing sub-committee for the same society and the chair of the nano-technology sub-committee in the IEEE Communications Society.

Norival Figueira (Hammerhead Systems) norival@ieee.org
Dilip Krishnaswamy (Intel) dilip@ieee.org



Early Registration:
30 October

Hotel Reservation Deadline:
3 November