IPOS Symposium 2017

Nanophotonics and Nanofabrication

This symposium is a multidisciplinary forum which focuses on photonics research related to various fields such as energy, security, information and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary event for collaboration and learning among top researchers in all field related to nano- and micro-scale materials, fabrication and technologies, specifically driven by photonics research. This event serves as the de facto annual meeting of the Sydney photonics research community and industry. It will include oral and poster presentations.

This symposium will promote a specific theme – Nanophotonics and Nanofabrication. Nanophotonics today is one of the most promising platforms for signal processing, quantum information technologies, fast, compact and low power consumption devices. The conference aims to explore the different techniques and technologies available to achieve high resolution, high quality and cost-effective Nanophotonics devices.

IPOS Symposium


Tuesday 21 November, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm


Harry Messel Lecture Theatre (4002)
Sydney Nanoscience Hub, The University of Sydney




To secure your place and for catering purposes, please register here.

Registrations will close 07 November 2017.

Symposium Program

A preliminary program will be available soon.

Keynote Speakers

  • Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia - USA
  • Teri Odom, Northwestern University - USA
  • Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design – Singapore

Bios and abstracts of Keynote Speakers

Professor Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia - USA

Lukas Chrostowski

BIO: Lukas Chrostowski is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He earned a B.Eng. from McGill University and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests are in silicon photonics, optoelectronics, fabrication and test, for applications in optical communications and biophotonics. He co-authored the book "Silicon Photonics Design” (Cambridge, 2015). He is the Program Director the Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (Si-EPIC) program in Canada. Chrostowski received the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia in 2014. He was an elected member of the IEEE Photonics 2014-2016 Society Board of Governors. He was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award in 2015. Lukas teaches the online edX course “Silicon Photonics Design, Fabrication and Data Analysis”.

ABSTRACT: This presentation describes approaches to designing silicon photonic circuits while taking manufacturing variability into account to ensure a functioning chip. I will describe the importance of process design kits (PDKs) for silicon photonics, the creation of compact models for devices including parameterized models, circuit simulations that include yield estimations, circuit netlist extraction from physical layouts, circuit verification, and post-layout simulations. I will describe an enhanced Monte Carlo technique that includes layout-specific correlated manufacturing variations to predict realistic circuit performance. Finally, I will touch on automated testing, electrical test, packaging, and control electronics.

Professor Teri Odom, Northwestern University - USA

Teri W. Odom

BIO: Teri W. Odom is Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has received numerous honors and awards, including being named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Materials Research Society Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Odom was the founding Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference and serves as founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics.

ABSTRACT: Metal nanostructures concentrate optical fields into highly confined, nanoscale volumes that can be exploited in a wide range of applications. However, their broad far-field optical resonances increase in width as particle size increases. To narrow these resonances while maintaining desirable near-field properties, we have developed unconventional nanofabrication procedures to organize nanoparticles into arrays with spacings on the order of hundreds of nanometers, where narrow lattice plasmon resonances can result. This talk will describe a range of new optical phenomena that can emerge from nanoparticles arrays, from programmable and reversible plasmon mode tuning to superlattice plasmons to achromatic flat lenses to dynamic, real-time tunable nanoscale lasing.

A/Professor Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design – Singapore

Dawn Tan

BIO: Dawn Tan is an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She leads the Photonics Devices and Systems Group which explores emerging nonlinear optical phenomena and methods to harness optical nanostructures for telecommunications, datacom, precision sensing, imaging and green data centers/lighting. Dr. Tan received her doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Photonics) at the University of California San Diego where she was a Powell Fellow. She was previously a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and part of the design team at Californian startup, Luxtera Inc. Dr. Tan and her research have been featured in the Straits Times, the New Paper, USNews, the NSF and various media outlets. She was recently featured as one of Asia’s rising scientists in Asian Scientist Magazine and was named an Innovator under 35 in Asia by MIT Technology Review, 2017.

ABSTRACT: Silicon – based devices for optical signal processing has established itself as a mainstay in the field of photonics. Their special significance lies in their ability to be manufactured alongside CMOS electronics, thus enabling commercial applications in transceivers and interconnects. We present recent developments in nonlinear optical signal processing leveraging ultra-silicon-rich nitride devices. The USRN platform possesses a high nonlinear figure of merit, high Kerr nonlinearity of 2.8X10-3 cm2/W and enables waveguides with a nonlinear parameter exceeding 550W-1/m with negligible two photon absorption at the telecommunications wavelength. Devices enabling augmented nonlinearities, high-gain optical parametric amplifiers and supercontinuum sources will be discussed.

Invited Speakers

  • Weimin Zhou, Army Research Laboratory - USA
  • Arnan Mitchell, CUDOS, RMIT University - Australia
  • Steve Madden, CUDOS, Australian National University - Australia
  • Andrew Dzurak, University of New South Wales - Australia

University of Sydney Speakers

  • Benjamin Eggleton, CUDOS, The University of Sydney - Australia
  • Stefano Palomba, The University of Sydney - Australia
  • Nadia Court, The University of Sydney - Australia


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