Special Nitrides Seminar - Dr. Nicolas Volet

7/19/2019 11AM ESB 1001

Dr. Nicolas Volet
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University

Harnessing light and materials properties in devices
to explore new functionalities

Applications of laser-related technologies generally require close control over a large set of physical performance, such as the power, wavelength and polarization of the emitted light, or the modulation capabilities, the spectral purity and tunability of the device. Deployment of these technologies out of the lab also involves studies of their cost, packaging and reliability. In this talk, specific examples will be discussed where material systems with optimal properties were combined to demonstrate optoelectronic devices with unprecedented performance or exhibiting new physical phenomena.

BIO: Nicolas Volet received a PhD in physics in 2014 from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), for his thesis on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with Prof. Eli Kapon. He was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and joined Prof. John Bowers’ group at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Volet has participated in the development of an optical-frequency synthesizer integrated on silicon, and related technologies in nonlinear optics and for the mid-infrared. His research interests include the physics and engineering of optoelectronic devices, and are driven to improve the power efficiency, cost and precision of industrial applications. He is also attached to education and the advancement of science, with teaching interests in the field of photonics. Since 2018, Dr. Volet has been part of the team setting up the new R&D center of the company OE Solutions America in Santa Barbara, with responsibilities in optical transceiver technology and products based on photonic integrated circuits. He will now relocate to Aarhus University, where he has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Engineering.

HOST: Dr. Guillaume Lheureux