Analog Photonic Systems: Features & Techniques to Optimize Performance

Monday October 7th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Ackerman, Vice President of R&D for Photonic Systems and IEEE Fellow, will be presenting “Analog Photonic Systems: Features & Techniques to Optimize Performance”.

Day & Time: Monday October 7th, 2019
4:30 p.m. ‐ 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Edward Ackerman
Vice President of R&D for Photonic Systems, Inc. of Billerica, Massachusetts
IEEE Fellow

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Electromagnetics & Radiation Chapter

Location: Sidney Smith Hall – Room SS 2108
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Contact: George V. Eleftheriades, FRSC, FIEEE

Abstract: Both the scientific and the defense communities wish to receive and process information occupying ever-wider portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This can often create an analog-to-digital conversion “bottleneck”. Analog photonic channelization, linearization, and frequency conversion systems can be designed to alleviate this bottleneck. Moreover, the low loss and dispersion of optical fiber and integrated optical waveguides enable most of the components in a broadband sensing or communication system, including all of the analog-to-digital and digital processing hardware, to be situated many feet or even miles from the antennas or other sensors with almost no performance penalty. The anticipated presentation will highlight the advantages and other features of analog photonic systems (including some specific systems that the author has constructed and tested for the US Department of Defense), and will review and explain multiple techniques for optimizing their performance.

Biography:
Edward Ackerman received Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1994. From 1989 through 1994 he was employed as a microwave photonics engineer at Martin Marietta’s Electronics Laboratory in Syracuse, New York. From 1995 to July 1999 he was a member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Since 1999 he has been Vice President of R&D for Photonic Systems, Inc. of Billerica, Massachusetts. Dr. Ackerman is a Fellow of the IEEE.