A Future in Light

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Supélec, Metz Campus
March 26-27 (2009)
125th Birthday of the International Society SEE
Under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic, Nicolas SARKOZY
Keynote Plenary Speakers

E. Rosencher
ONERA & SFO, France

XXIth century challenges in Photonics : a SFO point of view

Biography: Emmanuel Rosencher is a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique (X72) and holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Paris IX (1978) and an Habilitation degree in Physics from the Université de Grenoble (1986). He is a pioneer in the field of quantum devices, with early studies on ultrathin epitaxial metal films which led to Metal Base Transistors and optical properties of quantum wells, which led to the Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector devices (QWIP) and optical converters. He has authored more than 250 publications with over 160 in reviewed journals (mostly APL, Phys. Rev., IEEE QE, Nature, Science..), 35 patents, and one reference textbook on optoelectronics. He is Director of the Physics Branch in ONERA (The French Aerospace Lab) and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique. He has been awarded numerous scientific prizes (Grand Prix de Physique Appliquée,..) and is Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America (OSA) and Institute of Physics (IoP). He is the President of The French Optical Society (SFO).

Gustav Kalbe
European Commission

Research and applications in photonics: the European perspective

Biography: Dr. Gustav Kalbe holds a PhD in Physics. In 1995 he began working as a project manager in photonic networks at Belgacom S.A. In 1998 he joined the Directorate General Information Society & Media of the European Commission where he has been working since. He started working as a Project Officer, managing research projects addressing optical telecommunications (ACTS Program), research of a foundational nature in photonics (Future & Emerging Technologies Program). Since January 2007 Gustav Kalbe is Head of Sector in the Photonics unit of Directorate General Information Society and Media.

Emmanuel Desurvire
Thales Research and Technology, France

Photonics in a Changing World

Biography: Emmanuel Desurvire (Ph.D, 1983, Sc.D, 1998, Fellow IEEE) has been involved in optical communications for over 25 years. He has authored over 200 technical publications, 30 patents, and five reference books on erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA), global telecommunications, and Classical/Quantum information theory. He is Director of the Physics Research Group at Thales Research and Technology, and has held previous positions at Stanford University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Columbia University and Alcatel. For his pioneering work on EDFAs, he has received numerous recognitions including the 1998 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering, the 2005 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, and in 2007, the IEEE/LEOS John Tyndall Award, the CNISF “Engineers of the Year” Award and the France-Telecom Prize of the Académie des Sciences. He is also Laureate of the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize.

Alain Aspect
Institut d’Optique Graduate School, France

From Bell's Inequalities to Entangled Qubits: A New Quantum Age?

Biography: Alain Aspect, born in 1947, studied physics at ENS de Cachan and Université d’Orsay. In 1974 he started at Institut d’Optique on a series of experiments on the foundations of quantum mechanics, known as “Experimental Tests of Bell’s Inequalities with Entangled Photons”, resulting in his PhD in 1982. Then, with his student Philippe Grangier, he developped and characterized the first source of heralded single photons, and performed an experiment on wave particle duality. From 1985 to 1992 he worked at ENS Paris with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji on atom cooling. Since 1992, he is the head of the Atom Optics Group at the Institut d’Optique, with main activity on Bose Einstein Condensates, Atom Lasers, and Quantum Atom Optics. Alain Aspect is a CNRS senior scientist at Institut d’Optique, and a Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau. He is a member of the Académie des Sciences and of the Académie des Technologies (France), and foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). He is a fellow of the OSA, EOS, APS, and has received several international awards. In 2005, he received the CNRS gold medal

Ross P. Stanley
CSEM, Switzerland
Plasmonics in Photonics

Biography: Ross P. Stanley received the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, on the subject of the optical properties of II-VI semiconductors. He spent one year as a post-doctoral Researcher at Trinity College, studying the spin dynamics of localized excitons and optically induced bistability in semiconductors. He has been a scientific collaborator at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in charge of the group effort on microcavity light emitting diodes within the framework of the ESPRIT SMILES and SMILED projects. He is currently Project Leader at CSEM (Centre Suisse Electronique et Microtechnique), Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in the field of nanotechnology and life sciences. He is coordinator of the European Project PLEAS for “PLasmon EnhAnced photonicS”.His interests include quantum-well optics, microcavities, and photonic band-gap structures and their applications. He is the author of over 55 publications and three book chapters.

Laurent Fulbert
CEA, France

Photonic ICs: from discrete to CMOS integration

Biography: Laurent Fulbert, engineer, graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France. He has been working for more than 15 years on solid-state lasers, integrated optics and optical microsystems. From 1998 to 2004, he was manager of the Optoelectronics Devices Laboratory, and is now in charge of the photonics programs at CEA-LETI. He managed or participated to several RTD projects at national and European level in FP5, FP6 and FP7. He is currently coordinating the FP7 project HELIOS dealing with photonic-electronic integration on CMOS.

Jérôme Faist
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Quantum cascade lasers: pushing the fronteer between optics and electronics

Biography: Jérôme Faist was born in Geneva, and obtained his Bachelor and Ph.D. in Physics, in the group of Prof. F.-K Reinhart from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 1985, 1989 respectively. After a post-doc in IBM Rueschlikon (89-91), he joined F. Capasso's group in Bell Laboratories in 1991 where he worked first as a post-doc and then as a Member of Technical Staff. From 1997 to 2007, he was professor in the physics institute of the University of Neuchâtel. In 2007, he became professor in the institute for quantum electronics of the ETH Zurich. His present interests are the development of high performance QC lasers in the Mid and Far-infrared and the physics of coherence in intersubband transitions in the presence of strong magnetic fields

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Vasilis Ntziachristos
GSF - Institute of Biomedical and Medical Imaging, Germany

Advancing biological discovery with photonic imaging

Biography: Vasilis Ntziachristos Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair for Biological Imaging at the Technische Universität München and the director of the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging at Helmholtz Zentrum München. Prior to this appointment he has been faculty at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Bioengineering Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Diploma on Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His main research interests involve the development of optical methodologies for probing physiological and molecular events in tissues using non-invasive methods.

Jean-Paul Charret
Valeo, France

LED applications in Automotive Lighting and Benefits

Biography: After graduating in Electronics from Grenoble University in France, I started my career as an R&D Engineer in Medical imaging, first with Thomson Medical then with General Electric Medical systems, heading the vascular imaging department. I joined Valeo Lighting Systems in 1995 to supervise the development of new technologies, then I moved to Valeo Sylvania (Joint Venture of Valeo Lighting Systems and Osram in United States) as head of R&D for about five years, before taking on the Head of worldwide R&D for Valeo Lighting Systems beginning of 2006

Bruno Desruelle
Ministère de la Défense, Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA), France

Photonic technologies for defence & security applications

Biography: After graduating from Ecole Supérieure d'Optique, Bruno Desruelle joined Alain Aspect's group to study Bose-Einstein condensation of ultracold alkali gases, and obtained his PhD in Physics in 1999. He then moved to optical telecommunications and spent several years with Corning Inc., where he worked on optical amplification and optical access networks. He has been with the french Ministry of Defence since 2003, and is currently working at the Office for Advanced Research and Innovation, where he is responsible for research activities in the field of photonics. He also acts as government representative for two major frenhc competitive clusters in photonics. His activites are mainly focused on next generation components (detectors, fibres, sources), imaging systems, atomic clocks and matter wave interferometers, THz technologies, spectroscopy analysis.