There are considerable research and development efforts directed towards optical signal processing for fiber optic communications. In this presentation, we will consider three different signal processing technologies and applications. We will begin by examining the use of planar lightwave circuits for performing pulse repetition rate multiplication and arbitrary waveform generation. Applications for packet-switching and ultrawideband generation will be discussed. We will then consider nonlinear optical approaches for performing multi- channel optical signal processing. In particular, we will show single device structures that can be used for tunable optical delays and for all-optical clock recovery.
Lawrence R. Chen received the B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from McGill University in 1995 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto in 1997 and 2000, respectively.
Since 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University. During 2006 and 2007, he was on leave at Queen's University, Ryerson University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
His research interests are in ultrafast photonics and fiber optics and include arbitrary optical waveform generation, all-optical signal processing, fiber lasers and amplifiers, and fiber gratings.
He is an Associate Editor (Canada) for the IEEE Photonics Society Newsletter, a Topical Editor for Optics Letters, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Optics Communications. His conference organization activities include serving on the Technical Program committees for the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meetings, the IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting, the OSA Topical Meeting on Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity, and Poling, and the Optoelectronics and Communications Conference.