Commission D (Electronics and Photonics)

Activity Report (July 2004`October 2004)


(1)      Brief Topical Report on Electronics and Photonics

As the next step, Prof. Jalali now wants to add an on-chip cavity, such as that shown, to increase the repetition rate of the silicon laser. Courtesy of Optics.org (http://optics.org/).

  The first silicon laser has been demonstrated?  It is needless to say that silicon is the dominant material in present electronics.  If image handling devices such as CCD and LCD are taken into account, it is indispensable even for photonics applications.  However, what can not be done with silicon is to provide light amplification of stimulated emission of radiation, which is the laser action.  Its lack of the ability has made silicon stay away from the wave front of optical communications technology although inexpensive fast CMOS electronics have been penetrating into the technological area.  The inability of silicon originates from one of its fundamental natures; the material has the in-direct quantum transition processes in its band diagram.  To date, plenty of challenges and failures have been stacked@so as to overcome the obstacle and provide the direct transition feature on a silicon wafer.  Examples are epitaxially grown III-V semiconductor materials on Si wafers, porous structures of silicon, heterogeneous silicon inner-layers with germanium layer insertion, silicides on Si wafers, doping of rare earth atoms into silicon, etc.  As an alternative approach to those trials, a research group of UCLA has proposed the use of stimulated Raman scattering phenomenon, which is well known to exist in silica optical fibers.  Indeed, so called Raman amplifier is recognized as a powerful tool for broadband optical amplification for fiber optic communications.  Although the experimental results of the trial look premature to say something concrete and its drawback, that is the use of an external pump laser, should be considered carefully, our attention should be kept directed to the application of the scheme to the communications and sensing photonics.   Let us look forward to the proceedings from the related technical field: silicon photonics.


(2)      The following meetings were sponsored by Commission D

1.       The third workshop sponsored by URSI-Commission D of Japan is being planned.  It might be great if a meeting room of the science council of Japan can be utilized for the workshop.


(3)      The following international and domestic meetings were co-sponsored by or strongly related to Commission D. 

1.       The Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) and Conference on Optical Internet (COIN) were held together in Yokohama, Japan, July 12th – 16th, 2004.

2.       The 1st Workshop of IEICE Technical Group of Next Generation Nanotechnology was held in Tokyo, Japan, July 20th, 2004.  The number of attendees was more than 200.

3.       The Lightwave and Electromagnetic Wave Workshop was held in Sapporo, Japan, July 21st - 23rd, 2004.

4.       Special symposium on gTrends of Expanding System Applications of MWP Technologiesh was held in the 2004 IEICE Society Conference in Tokushima, Japan, September 21st – 24th, 2004.

5.       The 19th IEEE International Semiconductor Laser Conference was held in Matsue, Japan, September 21st – 25th, 2004.

6.       The 1st International Conference on Group Four Photonics was held in Kowloon, Hong Kong, September 29th – October 1st, 2004.

7.       The 2004 International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics was held in Ogunquit, Maine, USA, October 4th – 6th, 2004.  The number of attendees was 180.

8.       The 3rd Workshop of IEICE Technical Group of Microwave and Millimeter-wave Photonics was held in Fukuoka, Japan, October 20th – 21st, 2004.  It was a joint workshop with IEICE Technical Group of THz System Technology and hit by the 23rd typhoon of the year.


(4)      The following international and domestic meetings are in preparation, which are co-sponsored by or strongly related to Commission D.

1.       The 17th Annual Meeting of the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society will be held in Puerto Rico, November 7th – 11th, 2004.

2.       The 2004 Microwave Workshops & Exhibition (MWE2004) will be held in Yokohama, Japan, November 10th – 12th, 2004.

3.       The 6th Workshop of IEICE Technical Meeting of Ultrafast Optoelectronics will be held in Iwata, Japan, November 24th and 25th, 2004.

4.       The 2nd Workshop of IEICE Technical Group of Next Generation Nanotechnology was held in Tokyo, Japan, November 25th and 26th, 2004. 

5.       The 8th International Symposium on Contemporary Photonic Technology (CPT2005) will be held in Tokyo, Japan, January 12th – 14th, 2005.

6.       RLE and NICT Joint Symposium on Photonic Devices and Systems will be held in Boston, U. S. A., January 25th, 2005.

7.       The 6th Korea-Japan Joint Workshop on Microwave and Millimeter-wave Photonics will be held in Gyeongju, Korea, January 27th and 28th, 2005.

8.       The International Joint Conference of the 6th Millimeter-wave International Symposium (MINT) and the 7th Topical Symposium on Millimeter Waves (TSMMW2005) will be held in Seoul, Korea, February 24th – 25th, 2005.

9.       Special symposium on gNew Development of Millimeter-wave and THz-wave Technologiesh will be held in the 2005 IEICE General Conference in Osaka, Japan, March, 2004.

10.   Workshop on Microwave Photonics will be held in April, 2005.

11.   The 10th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT-2005) will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, August 22nd – 25th, 2005.

12.   The 10th Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics will be held in Seoul, Korea, October 10th – 12th, 2005.

13.   The first Asia-Pacific Microwave Photonics Conference will be held in Kobe, Japan, April 24th – 26th, 2006.


(5)      Besides the meetings above, tremendous numbers of meetings, workshops, symposiums, and conferences were and will be held around the world concerning the many fields in Electronics and Photonics.  See for example the following web pages:


http:// www.ieice.org/es/