Prof David Moss

Prof David Moss


BSc (Honours Physics), University of Waterloo (1981), M.Sc. Optoelectronics, University of Toronto, Canada (1983), Ph.D. Nonlinear Optics, University of Toronto, Canada (1988)

Current Employment
Professor, School of Physics

Employment History
Research Associate, Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (1988-1992), Visiting Senior Scientist, Optoelectronics Group, Hitachi Central Research Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan (1992-1994), Senior Research Fellow, Optical Fibre Technology Center, University of Sydney (1994-1998), Senior Scientist, JDS Uniphase Ltd., Ottawa, Canada (1998-2002), Adjunct Professor, Institute National de la Recherch Scientifique (INRS), Montreal, Canada (Since 2007), Principal Research Fellow, CUDOS.

Major Awards

  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (2008) - For significant contributions to the theory of semiconductor optical nonlinearities and quantum-well optoelectronics and to experimental demonstrations of integrated optical signal processing, as well as for developing commercial devices for optical communications.
  • 2011 Autralian Museum Eureka Science Prize
  • Google Australia Prize for Innovation in Computer Science

Recent Professional Associations

  • Program Committee, 17th Optoelectronics and Communications Conf. (OECC), Korea July (2012).
  • Program Committee, Asia Pacific Conf. on Optical Sensors (APOS), Sydney, January (2012).
  • Technical Program Committee, Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) Sub-committee on Active Integrated Devices, Sapporo, Kaohsiung Taiwan, July (2011).
  • General Program Chair, Australian Conference on Optical Fiber Communications (ACOFT), Melbourne, December (2010).
  • Technical Program Committee, OSA Topical meeting on Bragg Gratings, Poling and Photosensitivity in Fibers (BGPP), Karlsruhe Germany, July (2010).
  • Technical Program Committee, Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) Sub-committee on Active Integrated Devices, Sapporo, Japan, July (2010).
  • Technical Program Committee, Micro-Optics Conference (MOC), Sapporo, Japan October (2010).
  • Technical Program Committee, Optical Switching, Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), San Diego CA, March (2009).
  • Chair, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Technical Committee on Optical Fiber and Planar Waveguides (since 2005)
  • Chair, Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) Sub-committee on Passive Integrated Devices, Sydney, July (2008).
  • Chair, IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) Sub-committee 3, Signal Processing Devices, San Diego CA (2008).
  • Chair, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) Annual Meeting, Sub-Committee on Optical Fiber and Planar Waveguides, Orlando Florida, (2007), Montreal, Quebec (2006) and Sydney, Australia (2005).
  • Technical Program Committee, Signal Processing Devices, Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), Anaheim CA, March (2007).
  • Technical Program Committee, Lightwave Communications and Networks, IEEE/OSA Conference for Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland (2007), Long Beach CA (2006), and Baltimore, Maryland (2005).
  • Technical Program Committee, OSA Topical meeting on Nonlinear Photonics, Quebec City, Canada, September (2007).
  • Technical Program Committee, OSA Topical meeting on Bragg Gratings, Poling and Photosensitivity in Fibers (BGPP), Sydney July (2005).

David Moss has been engaged in research in linear and nonlinear optics as well as semiconductor materials and devices for over 20 years and has over 110 combined journal/conference papers. He received a PhD in 1988 in both theoretical and experimental nonlinear optics in semiconductors at the University of Toronto, Canada, working under Professors Henry van Driel and John Sipe. From 1988 to 1992 he was involved with research in III-V semiconductor optoelectronic devices for communications, under a joint government / industry consortium with Nortel Networks. This focused on devices for photonic integrated circuits in GaAs/AlGaAs, strained layer InGaAs and in InP based quaternary devices for 1.55 microns. He demonstrated multiple functionality of devices as laser/modulators and laser/detectors. He also investigated ultrafast carrier dynamics in quantum wells and QW devices. From 1992-94 he was a visiting scientist in the Optoelectronics Group at Hitachi Central Research Laboratories in Tokyo, working on optical modulators in InGaAs/InAlAs/InP for high speed fibreoptic communication systems, and also investigated fundamental carrier dynamics in quantum well systems. From 1994-1998 at the Optical Fibre Technology Center he was involved with research on photonic integrated devices in silica waveguides, including waveguide Bragg gratings for communication systems. He was also involved with supervising experiments that demonstrated the first nonlinear self-written waveguides. From 1998-2002 he was a Senior Scientist and manager at JDS Uniphase in Ottawa. Whilst there he worked closely with major customers on very high specification Fibre Bragg gratings for 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s systems including mux/demux gratings, Band blocking gratings, dispersion compensation gratings and dispersion flattened 50GHz gratings. He also led a team of researchers that developed an industry leading multi-channel tunable dispersion compensator based on multicavity all-pass etalons, that achieved industry leading performance that still has not been exceeded. He was also responsible for live product demonstrations of next generation prototypes at the Optical Fibre Communications Conference in 2001 and 2002, in Anaheim. His current interests are in ultrahigh speed nonlinear optical devices based in optical waveguides, including self phase modulation and Raman gain in chalcogenide glass and linear and nonlinear photonic crystals in chalcogenide and silicon waveguides.