EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Ming Wu

University of California, Los Angeles


Micro/Nano Photonics for Communications and Sensing Applications




Recent advances in micro- and nano-fabrication technologies have made it possible to integrate photonic, electronic, MEMS, and biological systems on a chip. Such heterogeneously integrated chips offer higher functionalities and reduced system size. UCLA has developed several Optical MEMS and nanophotonic technologies to facilitate the integration. In this talk, I will first present a MEMS optical wavelength router, and the approaches for monolithic integration. Then I will introduce a new technique for fabricating sub-micrometer photonic wires and microresonators. This will significantly increase the integration density. Finally, I will present a new “optoelectronic tweezers” for manipulating biological cells with very low power optical beams. Large-scale biological systems with all-optical processing could be achieved.


Prof. Ming Wu received his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He joined AT&T Bell Labs (Murray Hill) as Member of Technical Staff in 1988, where his research focused on high-speed optoelectronics. He joined the faculty of UCLA in 1993 and is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is also Director of Nanoelectronics Research Facility, and Vice Chair for Industrial Relations. His current research interests include optoelectronics, optical MEMS, and Biophotonics. Dr. Wu is a Packard Foundation Fellow (1992-1997), and an IEEE Fellow.