Welcome to Harvard SEAS Photonics Club!

We are a student-run organization whose mission is to educate students on research related to optics and photonics. 

Here are some exciting events we have lined up for the near future:

Industry Talk: Deeply Integrated Photonic I/O: A Startup’s Perspective

Mark Wade, Ayar Labs
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:00 PM, Cruft 309

As big data analytics, machine learning, social networking, and high-performance computing applications continue to accelerate, the need for energy-efficient, high bandwidth density input/output communication has become of utmost importance. Traditional approaches to both electrical and optical transceivers have had difficulty keeping up with the demands of the underlying CMOS processing power. In this talk, I will present a breakthrough in the complexity of CMOS electronic-photonic integration which culminated in the demonstration of the first ever CPU chip to communicate directly using optical transceivers integrated on the same chip. As part of this work, the optical devices and innovations that enabled the system demonstration will be presented. These include microring modulators, grating couplers, and photodetectors. The latter part of this talk will discuss my experience spinning this technology out into a startup company and cover topics such as venture capital fundraising in Silicon Valley, finding first customers for a new technology, and other challenges that semiconductor startups face. 

Speaker Bio: 
Mark Wade is the Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Ayar Labs, a venture funded company commercializing a silicon photonics technology for large bandwidth, energy-efficient communication. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and won the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Best Dissertation Award. During his Ph.D., he was a Research Affiliate at MIT, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and was on the team that won the $275k MIT Clean Energy Grand Prize.


Boston Photonics Centennial Conference

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Northwest Building, Harvard University
52 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Find out more about the conference here.

The Boston Photonics Centennial Conference is a one-day conference held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Optical Society (OSA). This conference will bring together students and researchers from the greater Boston area who are interested in photonics research, and provides opportunities for professional development, networking, interdisciplinary research, and outreach.

The conference will feature talks by leading academic and industry researchers, as well as oral and poster presentations by students and researchers in the greater Boston area. We welcome researchers at all levels - undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, industry researchers - to present their work at this conference, which covers fields related to photonics, such as plasmonics, metasurfaces, biophotonics, and quantum optics. 


Professors Tell All: Career trajectories and advice

Thursday, December 8th
5:30-6:30pm, Pierce 209 (Talk)
Desserts will follow after talk

RSVP here

Our fourth speaker is Prof. Federico Capasso, who will give a talk about his career and then answer your burning questions!

The talk will be followed by an informal session with drinks and desserts where we will continue the conversation with Prof. Federico Capasso and fellow students.


Journal Club

LISE 311
Pizza will be provided!

Journal club will start meeting again for the new academic year! One person will volunteer to present a paper they found interesting or cool, and will lead the discussion (e.g. by providing questions or by reading a bit more into the background on the articles).

Lunch will be provided for everyone who attends :)

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