Data and Time January 30, 2009, 3:15-4:15 PM
Location Bahen Center for Information Technology (BA), Room 1180
Host Alex Wong

Nonlinear Optics and Monolithic Integration in Bragg Reflection Waveguides

Bhavin Bijlani

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Photonics)


Bragg Reflection Waveguides are a class of waveguide very similar to Photonic Bandgap Waveguides and offer many advantages compared to traditional dielectric waveguides.  Here, I will discuss our research into utilizing these waveguides for monolithic integration of active, passive and nonlinear optical devices.  Specifically, novel dispersion engineering, parametric nonlinear conversion and laser diodes have been studied.  The results, challenges and future prospects will be discussed.


Bhavin Bijlani completed his Bachelors at the University of Toronto in Engineering Science, Nanoengineering stream.  For his undergraduate thesis, he studied the effects of microplasmas on electrodes for sensing purposes under Prof. Harry Ruda of Electrical Engineering. From there he continued into Masters in the Photonics group of Electrical Engineering under Prof. Amr Helmy.  After initially working on characterization of Quantum Dot Laser Diodes,  he upgraded into the Doctoral program and is now working on monolithic integration of semiconductor laser diodes and nonlinear devices.