Electrical Engineering Seminars

Photonics at MIT Lincoln Laboratory: From Physics to Fielded Systems Paul Juodawlkis MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Paul W. Juodawlkis, MIT

Oct 1, 2021

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Photonics at MIT Lincoln Laboratory: From Physics to Fielded Systems

Paul Juodawlkis

MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Abstract:      Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) managed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Department of Defense. Since its establishment in 1951, the Laboratory has performed research and development in support of national security. Much of the work comprises analysis and prototyping of complex systems (e.g., radar, communications, signal collection, imaging, biosensing, cyber security) that is augmented by the internal development of advanced electronic and photonic materials, devices and integrated subsystems. In this talk, I’ll provide an overview of Lincoln Laboratory, focusing on some of the photonic systems that have been fielded and the components that have enabled these system demonstrations. I’ll also describe the Laboratory’s resources and activities to develop photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and their application to microwave systems, inertial sensing, lidar, optical atomic clocks, and quantum computing.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Paul Juodawlkis is Associate Leader of the Laser Technology and Applications Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he is leading a team to develop photonic components and PICs for application to quantum information systems, optical communications, laser radar, inertial navigation, and microwave sensing. He has authored or coauthored over 150 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and has participated on a number of technical program committees, including serving as Program Co-Chair (2010) and General Co-Chair (2012) of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).  He was an elected member of the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors (2011-2013), and served as Vice President of Membership (2014-2016) and Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2019) for the Society. Dr. Juodawlkis is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the Optical Society (OSA).  He holds a BS degree from Michigan Technological University, a MS degree from Purdue University, and a PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering.


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