RSVP Required: Please register by MondayDecember 8, so that we can provide an accurate count of the number of meals needed. Pay online by credit card or PayPal or at the door by cash or check.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

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Elks Club in Goleta 
150 N. Kellogg Ave
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
805-698-1121 - cell

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 Silicon Photonics: Transforming Data Centers

Our December Presentation: Photonics aims to use the photon in the same way that electronic applications use the electron. The silicon photonics field is advancing rapidly, and many new devices are being introduced. In fact, the performance of silicon photonics devices is now approaching that of devices on native indium phosphide substrates.

This talk will focus on recent developments in active devices--such as lasers, modulators, amplifiers and photodetectors. Over 160 devices have been integrated onto a single waveguide for applications such as integrated transmitters for data communications and telecommunications. Such waveguides can also be used in phased array radars and LiDAR. Recent research has yielded a number of promising ways to minimize the dislocations that affect thresholds and power after photonics device aging, including the use of intermediate buffer layers, quantum well lasers, and quantum dot lasers.

Our Speaker: At UCSB, Dr. John Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials. He is a cofounder of Aurrion, Aerius Photonics, and Calient Networks. Dr. Bowers received his MS and Ph.D. from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB. Dr. Bowers is a recipient of the OSA/IEEE Tyndall Award, the OSA Holonyak Prize, and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  In addition to his many publications, he has received 54 patents. 

This meeting is sponsored in part by Community West Bank

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Where and When?  

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Santa Barbara Elks Club at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue, just off Calle Real in Goleta. Please park on the mountain side of the Elks building and use the front door. SEC meets in the first room to the left. 


RSVP by the Monday before the meeting.  
If you have questions, please contact SEC's Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Ebner.


When you RSVP, you can choose either the hot meal option or an endless salad and soup bar. (If you do not RSVP, you may be limited to the salad bar option only.) Both options include drinks and dessert.

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  Cheryl Ebner
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara
From our Co-Presidents: 

We look forward to seeing you also at our January 14 luncheon. Our speaker will be "Dr. Mike Eddy,  VP of Marketing, Resonant, Inc., "Meeting Mobile Bandwidth Challenges with Infinite Synthesized Networks (ISN)"

                                                                            -- Tim Murphy and Gary Kravetz