Thomas L. Koch

Center for Optical Technologies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Trends in Photonic Integration

Abstract: For more than three decades, photonic integration has offered the elusive promise of complex optical functionality in a compact, low-cost, robust platform.  A confluence of market forces and technological advance has now produced an environment where integrated photonics can flourish in variety of communications, defense, and sensor applications.  This talk will review these trends, including an examination of the exciting potential of new silicon-based photonic integration technologies.


Bio:Thomas Koch holds the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair of Director, Center for Optical Technologies, and is a joint Professor in Lehigh University’s ECE and Physics departments.  Dr. Koch previously held Vice President positions at SDL, Lucent, and most recently at Agere Systems, where he was responsible for research and development of the underlying materials and device technologies supporting Agere’s optoelectronic and IC product families.

Dr. Koch received his AB in Physics from Princeton, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech in 1982.  Joining Bell Labs Research in that year, his contributions in optoelectronic technologies enabled key advances in high-capacity optical fiber communications.  He has chaired numerous international conferences, including OFC, the IEEE International Semiconductor Laser Conference, and the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting.  Dr. Koch has authored or co-authored more than 300 conference and journal publications, contributed several book chapters, has 35 patents, and has co-authored the two-volume series “Optical Fiber Telecommunications III” with Ivan P. Kaminow.  He has received the Distinguished Lecturer Award and the William Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement from the IEEE LEOS, is a Fellow of Bell Labs, the OSA, and the IEEE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.