MIOMD-XI Invited Talks    
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1.  Dr. Masayuki Abe, 3D-bio Co., JAPAN
Invited Talk: Modulation-Doped AlGaAs/InGaAs Thermopiles for Uncooled IR-FPA Utilizing Integrated HEMT-MEMS Technology
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Speaker Biography: Masayuki Abe received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1967, 1969, and 1973, respectively. In 1973, he joined Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd., Japan, where he was engaged in developing AlGaAs and InGaAsP LEDs for fiber communications, microwave HEMTs for DBS receivers, high-speed HEMT LSIs for supercomputers. Since 1998, he has been engaged in developing ten kilowatt class high power h-GaN HEMTs for solar-cell & fuel-cell inverters of co-generation systems, high power 3C-SiC vertical DMOSFETs and c-GaN HEMTs for EV/HEV inverters, modulation doped heterostructure thermopiles (H-PILE) for uncooled infrared image-sensor at KRI Inc. and 3D-bio Co., Ltd. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications and 11books. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE. He is currently President at HEMTCORE and 3D-bio Co., Ltd. He received the Distinguished Contributed Paper Award of the Laser Society of Japan in 1980, the International Prize of SIOA in Italy in 1987, and the Best Poster Award of ICMAT, MRS in 2005. He served as Overseas Advisor for the IEEE GaAs IC Symposium (1983-1985), a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices for the May 1986 Special Issue on Heterojunction Field-Effect Transistors (HFET), and a Lecturer for a short course at the 1990 IEEE GaAs IC Symposium. He served as Technical Committee Member of MITI(METI) of Japan for many National R&D Projects on GaAs and HEMT related technology (1981-1996).

2.  Dr. Aaron Andrews, Vienna University of Technology, AUSTRIA
Invited Talk: InGaAs/GaAsSb Material System for Quantum Cascade Lasers
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Speaker Biography: Aaron Maxwell Andrews is a University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. He received his B.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He was a post-doctoral researcher and a Marie-Curie researcher at the Vienna University of Technology. Dr. Andrews' research interests include the growth by molecular beam epitaxy, characterization, and fabrication of optoelectronic nanostructures and devices. He has been active in the development of intersubband devices in the mid-infrared and terahertz spectral regions.

3.  Prof. Mehdi Anwar, Univ. of Connecticut, USA
Invited Talk: ZnO-Based Oxide Semiconductors: A Material Platform for High Power Room Temperature THz QCLs
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Mehdi Anwar currently serves as a Full Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He is the Director of the NSF funded Industry University Cooperative Research Center. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education of the School of Engineering, University of Connecticut from June 2006 till May 2009. He served as the founding Director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence from June 2007 till May 2009. Moreover, he was the interim Director of the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center serving from June 2007 till January 2009. He served as the interim Department Head of ECE from June 1999 - August 2001.

4.  Prof. Gregory Belenky, Stony Brook Univ., USA
Invited Talk: Metamorphic antimonides for infrared photonics
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Speaker Biography: Gregory Belenky IEEE Fellow received the D.Sc. degree in physics and mathematics from the Institute of Physics, Baku. In 1990-1994 he was at AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He is currently Distinguished Professor and Head of the Optoelectronic Group at SUNY in Stony Brook.

5.  Prof. Dan Botez, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Invited Talk: Two-Dimensional Conduction-Band Engineering: Achieving Ultimate Wallplug Efficiency and Reliability for Quantum Cascade Lasers
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Speaker Biography: Dan Botez has received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He has carried out research at RCA Labs, TRW Inc., and is currently the Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published over 370 papers and holds 48 patents.

6.  Dr. Mathieu Carras, Alcatel-Thales III-V Lab, FRANCE
Invited Talk: Quantum Cascade Detectors
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Speaker Biography: Mathieu Carras is born in 1979. He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he worked on quantum well photodetectors (QWIPs) and InAsSb detector to obtain his PhD of University Denis Diderot. From 2006 he was Hired in the Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL) Team and continued to work in collaboration with University Denis Diderot on Quantum Cascade Detectors (QCD) Since 2011 He his head of the QCL team. His research activities are mainly focusing high power QCLs and DFB/ External cavity QCLs for spectroscopy. He also works on the integration of QCL on silicon. He continues to have activities on thermal imaging using quantum wells.

7.  Dr. Tadataka Edamura, Hamamatsu Photonics KK, JAPAN
Invited Talk: Recent progress on Quantum Cascade Lasers development and Mid-IR applications
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Speaker Biography: Tadataka Edamura received B.S., M.S. ansd Doctor degrees, all in applied physics, from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 1990, 1992 and 1995 respectively. In 1995, he joined the Central Research Labs, HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS. Since 2010, he has been the Senior Researcher of the Material Research Group.

8.  Dr. Matthew Escarra, California Institute of Technology, USA
Invited Talk: Quantum cascade laser-based CO2 isotope sensing: devices, systems, and implications
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Speaker Biography: Matthew Escarra is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology working with Prof. Harry Atwater. At Caltech, Matthew is developing spectrum splitting photonic architectures and solar cells for high efficiency solar energy conversion. Matthew received a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, in the group of Prof. Claire Gmachl, where he focused on high performance quantum cascade lasers and mid-infrared metamaterials. Prior to Princeton, Matthew earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Rice University. Matthew has also worked at Daylight Solutions and Sentinel Photonics, two start-ups in the mid-infrared optoelectronics community.

9.  Dr. Ian Ferguson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Invited Talk: Spinning; Dazed and Confused: GaN-based Spin Polarized Emitters
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Speaker Biography: Ian T. Ferguson is currently a Professor and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His current research currently focuses on the area of wide bandgap materials and devices using GaN and ZnO, and developing these materials for energy and nanotechnology applications in the area of illumination, solar, spintronic and nuclear detection applications. He has have authored over 380 refereed publications, seven book chapters, eleven conference proceedings, one book and multiple patents. He is a Fellow of SPIE, IEEE and IOP and has received a National Small Business Association Tibbets Award.

10.  Dr. Marc Fischer, nanoplus GmbH, GERMANY
Invited Talk: Distributed feedback lasers for gas sensing in the 3.5 μm wavelength range
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Marc Fischer is divisional director for device fabrication at nanoplus GmbH with their clean room facilities in Gerbrunn and Meiningen, Germany. He is responsible for the manufacturing of laterally coupled DFB lasers and related process development. At nanoplus he also contributed to various national and international research activities on novel laser sources and served e.g. as project manager for the EU project SENSHY focusing on photonic gas sensors for the detection of hydrocarbons. Marc Fischer received his PhD degree from Würzburg University in 2003 based on his work on GaInNAs/GaAs laser structures for future telecom applications.

11.  Dr. Siamak Forouhar, Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
Invited Talk: Record high-power laterally coupled distributed-feedback lasers in the 2–3 μm wavelength range
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Speaker Biography: Siamak received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1983. In 1987, he joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1992. During his tenure at JPL he developed the world's first InGaAs strained layer laser in the 1.8-2.1 micron range and lead the delivery of those lasers to Mars 98' mission. He is currently the Deputy Director of Microdevices Laboratory at JPL and still leads a group developing unique semiconductor lasers for space applications. He has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Award for the development of tunable diode lasers for planetary in-situ studies.

12.  Dr. Mark J. Furlong, Wafer Technology / Galaxy Compound Semiconductors (IQE Plc), UK
Invited Talk: Growth and characterization of large diameter GaSb substrates
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Mark J. Furlong is the General Manager of Wafer Technology Ltd. and Galaxy Compound Semiconductors Inc. Prior to this he held the position of Technical Sales Manager (Asia) at IQE (Europe) Ltd. Over 1997-1999, he was based at EPI Ltd. where he assumed various technical management roles. Prior to this Furlong was awarded a research fellowship (Royal Society, London) to develop novel photovoltaic cells with the CNRS (Paris). He holds a Ph.D. degree in semiconductor science from the University of Bath and a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Chemistry from the University of London. He also holds a Diploma in Management (Dist.) from the Open University, U.K.

13.  Prof. Bahram Jalali, Univ of California Los Angeles, USA
Invited Talk: Silicon photonics in midwave and longwave infrared
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Speaker Biography: Bahram Jalali is the Northrop Grumman Optoelectronics Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering Department and California NanoSystems Institute. He is a fellow of IEEE, OSA and APS and the winner of the 2007 R.W. Wood Prize for the demonstration of the silicon Raman laser.

14.  Dr. Peter Kaspersen, Norsk Elektro Optikk AS, NORWAY
Invited Talk: Quantum Cascade Lasers in Industrial Applications
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Speaker Biography: Peter Kaspersen has held various positions in the Norwegian Electro Optics industry since he graduated from the University of Oslo in Semiconductor Laser Physics in 1969. He joined Norsk Elektro Optikk (NEO) as Technical and Commercial Director in 1992. He has been Managing Director in Norsk Elektro Optikk since 2003. In his positions at NEO he has been responsible for moving Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy from the first laboratory experiments in the early 90ties into a successful business venture in Gas Analysis.

15.  Prof. Masafumi Kimata, Ritsumeikan Univ., JAPAN
Invited Talk: IRFPA development in Japan
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Speaker Biography: Masafumi Kimata joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in 1976, where he was involved in research and development of silicon-based infrared focal plane arrays, including Schottky-barrier cooled IRFPAs and SOI diode uncooled IRFPAs. In 2004, he retired from Mitsubishi Electric, and presently he is a professor at Ritsumeikan University, where he continues his research on MEMS-based uncooled IRFPAs and type-II superlattice IRFPAs. He is a fellow of SPIE and has been serving as a program committee member of SPIE's conference on Infrared Technology and Applications since 1992.

16.  Prof. Sanjay Krishna, Univ of New Mexico, USA
Invited Talk: Bio Inspired Infrared Retina Using Superlattices and Quantum Dots
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Speaker Biography: Sanjay Krishna is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico. Sanjay received his Masters in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1996, MS in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and PhD in Applied Physics in 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He joined the University of New Mexico as a tenure track faculty member in 2001. His present research interests include growth, fabrication and characterization of selfassembled quantum dots and type_II InAs/InGaSb based strain layer superlattices for mid infrared detectors. Dr. Krishna has received various awards including the Gold Medal from IIT, Madras, Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE, NAMBE and IEEE-Nanotechnology Council and the UNM Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Krishna has authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index=29) and has six issued patents. He is a fellow of SPIE and a senior member of IEEE.

17.  Dr. Andrey Krysa, Univ of Sheffield, UK
Invited Talk: Metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy of GaInAs/AlInAs and GaAs/AlGaAs quantum cascade laser structures
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Speaker Biography: Andrey Krysa received the Ph.D. degree from the Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Acad. Sci., Moscow, Russia, in 1997. In 1995, he joined the Dept. of Optoelectronics at the Lebedev Institute and performed research on II-VI compounds. During 1999-2000, he was at the Institut für Halbleitertechnik, RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he was engaged in epitaxy of ZnSe-based structures. Since joining the National Centre for III-V Technologies, Sheffield, UK, in 2001, he has been engaged in MOVPE of the group III arsenides and phosphides. His current research interests include development of quantum cascade lasers and structures based on InP quantum dots. Dr. Krysa was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship in 1999 and holds the IET Optoelectronics Award 2008.

18.  Prof. Keon Jae Lee, KAIST, KOREA
Invited Talk: Bio-Integrated Flexible GaN LED
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Speaker Biography: Prof. Keon Jae Lee received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2006. During his Ph.D course at UIUC, he was involved in the first co-invention of "High Performance Flexible Single Crystal Electronics", called microstructured silicon and GaN. From 2006 to 2008, he conducted a joint research project of Unisantis (Japan) and IME (Singapore) in the field of three dimensional surrounding gate nano-transistors (SGT) for the future logic technology. Since 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor in MSE at KAIST. His current research interests are flexible and nanobio devices for health, self-powered energy, and electronic applications.

19.  Dr. Bernhard Lendl, Technische Univ Wien, AUSTRIA
Invited Talk: New approaches and applications for the analysis of liquids using mid-IR quantum cascade lasers
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Speaker Biography: Bernhard Lendl obtained his PhD in 1996 at TU Vienna. Since 2001 he is associated professor for Analytical Chemistry at the same university. During a sabbatical leave from 2003/4 he stayed at the University of Córdoba in Spain. Currently he develops robust mid-IR analyzers for liquids as well as stand-off Raman systems for the remote detection of explosives. In 2008 he co-founded QuantaRed Technologies GmbH, which concentrates on the development and commercialization of mid-IR laser (QCL) based analyzers with focus on applications in the petrochemical industry. His scientific work is summarized in 160 peer reviewed publications and 8 international patents.

20.  Prof. Nasser Peyghambarian, University of Arizona, USA
Invited Talk: NIR Tunable Short Pulse Fiber Lasers
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Speaker Biography: Nasser Peyghambarian is a Professor at the College of Optical Sciences and also at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Arizona. He is the Chair of Photonics and Lasers and serves as Director of the NSF Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN). He is Chairman of the Board and Founder of NP Photonics, Inc and TIPD, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Indiana University in 1982, specializing in optical properties of semiconductors before joining the optics program at the University of Arizona. He is the recipient of the International Francqui Chair, Belgium 1998-1999. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, Society of optical engineers, SPIE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

21.  Dr. Christian Pflügl, EOS Photonics, USA
Invited Talk: Monolithic Quantum Cascade Laser Arrays for Spectroscopy and High Power Applications
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Pflügl is a co-founder and current Vice President of Research and Development at Eos Photonics. Dr. Pflügl received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria and his M.S. in Applied Physics from the University of Regensburg, Germany in 2002. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a Research Associate at Harvard University in the group of Prof. Federico Capasso. Dr. Pflügl has authored or coauthored more than 50 technical papers and more than 90 conference proceeding papers/presentations. He has also authored or co-authored numerous granted and provisional patents.

22.  Prof. Jean-Baptiste Rodriguez, U. Montpellier 2, FRANCE
Invited Talk: Mid-IR laser diodes epitaxially grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy on silicon substrates
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Speaker Biography: Dr Jean-Baptiste Rodriguez is 34 years old; he obtained his PhD from the University of Montpellier in 2005. After a two year post-doctorate at the Center for High Technology Materials (Albuquerque, USA), he was recruited as junior CNRS researcher in the NANOMIR group of the IES in 2008. He has about ten years of experience in the development of ABCS-based optoelectronic devices and study of new epitaxial techniques by MBE. His current interests include the strain relaxation of ABCS on highly mismatched substrates (GaAs and silicon), and developments of InAs/GaSb superlattice infrared photodetectors. He is author or co-author of more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings.

23.  Prof. Antoni Rogalski, Military University of Technology, POLAND
Invited Talk: HgCdTe versus other material systems: a historical look
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Speaker Biography: Antoni Rogalski is a professor at the Institute of Applied Physics, Military University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. He is a leading researcher in the field of infrared (IR) optoelectronics. During the course of his scientific career, he has made pioneering contributions in the areas of theory, design, and technology of different types of IR detectors. In 1997, he received an award from the Foundation for Polish Science (the most prestigious scientific award in Poland) for achievements in the study of ternary alloy systems for infrared detectors. In 2004, he was elected as a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

24.  Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Invited Talk: Overview of MBE HgCdTe for Advanced Infrared Technology
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Director of the Microphysics Laboratory (MPL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is the founder and CEO of EPIR Technologies Inc., the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sivananthan Laboratories Inc. Dr. Sivananthan has pioneered the MBE growth and characterization of II-VI narrow- and wide-gap semiconductors, hetero- and homojunctions, and multiple-quantum-well structures on CdZnTe, GaAs and Si substrates. He has more than 25 years experience in MBE growth kinematics and characterization, giving him a clear understanding of transport and structural properties, encapsulation, interface formation and quantum-well structures. He has organized several national and international conferences, and is the author of more than 200 refereed journal articles as well as numerous presentations, including several invited papers. Dr. Sivananthan is an SPIE Life Member, APS Fellow & Life Member and a senior member of IEEE. Over the course of his academic career, he has advised 27 graduate (Ph.D and Masters) students and has served on a total of 56 Ph.D. and M.S. thesis committees. He is currently advising six graduate and two undergraduate students.

25.  Prof. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts, Duke University, USA
Invited Talk: Hybrid nanocomposite infrared photodetectors
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Speaker Biography: Prof. Stiff-Roberts received both the B.S. degree in physics from Spelman College and the B.E.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. She received an M.S.E. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied physics in 2001 and 2004, respectively, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, her current research interests include thin-film growth and characterization of polymer, nanoparticle, and hybrid nanocomposites; as well as the design, fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic devices, especially multispectral photodetectors. Dr. Stiff-Roberts is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2006), the ONR Young Investigator Award (2007), the IEEE Early Career Award in Nanotechnology of the Nanotechnology Council (2009), and the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2009).

26.  Dr. Mani Sundaram, QmagiQ, LLC, USA
Invited Talk: Performance of infrared focal plane arrays made from Type-I quantum wells and Type-II superlattices
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Sundaram is co-founder and CEO of QmagiQ, a company that develops, manufactures, and sells infrared focal plane arrays, sensor engines, and cameras based on Group III-V compound semiconductors. He received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India) and his MS and PhD from the University of California (Santa Barbara), all in Electrical & Computer Engg. He has worked at NASA-JPL, Lockheed-Martin, and TeraConnect. He was a Fellow of the Regents of the University of California (while a graduate student) and is a recipient of the NASA Award for Exceptional Technical Achievement. He has published extensively, holds several patents, and given some talks.

27.  Prof. Stephen Sweeney, Univ. of Surrey, UK
Invited Talk: Emerging materials for mid-infrared photonic devices
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Speaker Biography: Stephen John Sweeney is Professor of Physics, Head of Photonics and EPSRC Leadership Fellow at the University of Surrey. Stephen's research currently includes developing photonic materials and devices for applications including renewable energy, electronic-photonic integration, sensing and to develop high efficiency lasers over a wide wavelength range. One of his current major interests is in exploring the boundaries of III-V materials, for example Bismuth-containing alloys, to provide enhanced band-structures for optimized device properties and integration with standard substrates and processes.

28.  Prof. Roland Teissier, Université Montpellier 2, FRANCE
Invited Talk: Long wavelength InAs/AlSb quantum cascade lasers
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Speaker Biography: We propose to explore the potential of InAs-based quantum cascade lasers to operate in the far infrared up to the THz spectral region. The fundamental advantage of this solution is the small electron effective mass in InAs, 0.023m0 compared with 0.067m0 in GaAs. This small effective mass should provide much higher optical gain and thus lower thresholds in long wavelength InAs-based QCLs, which should result in significant improvement of their performances. We will present here our preliminary work in this direction. We developed a process for the fabrication of double metal waveguide (DM), suitable for long wavelength and THz lasers. We designed and fabricated far infrared InAs/AlSb quantum cascade active regions using molecular beam epitaxy. A first important result is the demonstration of DM QCLs emitting up to λ=21 μm (υ=15 THz).

29.  Dr. David Ting, Jet Propulsion Lab, USA
Invited Talk: Mid- and Long-Wavelength Barrier Infrared Detectors
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Speaker Biography: David Z. Ting received his B.S. degree with honors in physics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1980, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981 and 1986, respectively. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Center for Infrared Sensors and a Principal Member of Engineering Staff at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests include semiconductor physics and devices. Results of his work have been reported in over 180 research publications and in over 120 conference presentations and technical seminars. He holds 6 patents.

30.  Dr. Mariano Troccoli, AdTech Optics, Inc., USA
Invited Talk: Quantum cascade laser development at AdTech: high power emission and power scaling for MWIR and LWIR applications
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Speaker Biography: Dr. Troccoli is Director of Product Development at AdTech, leading the effort on product design and innovation for QCLs since 2009. In 2006 he founded and was Director of Research of ArgosTech, an Agilent Technologies spin-off. Before then, he was at Harvard University and at Bell Labs. He co-authored more than 40 publications and filed more than 10 patents. His work has been widely recognized and he received several professional awards. He obtained his M.S. in Theoretical Physics magna-cum-laude and his Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics in 2001 from the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy. He is a senior member of IEEE and OSA.

31.  Dr. Igor Vurgaftman, Naval Research Labs, USA
Invited Talk: Interband Cascade Lasers: Physical Principles and Operating Characteristics
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Speaker Biography: Igor Vurgaftman received the B. S. degree summa cum laude in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1991, and the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Since 1995, Dr. Vurgaftman has been with the Optical Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, where he has investigated mid-infrared lasers based on interband and intersubband transitions, methods of maintaining optical coherence in large-area semiconductor lasers, type-II superlattice photodetectors, coherent sources of surface plasmons, and spintronic optical and electronic devices, among other topics. He is the author of more than 220 refereed articles in technical journals, numerous contributed and invited talks at professional conferences, as well as 16 patents. Dr. Vurgaftman is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and American Physical Society.

32.  Dr. Zbig Wasilewski, National Research Council, CANADA
Invited Talk: MBE growth and optimization of THz quantum cascade lasers: towards high temperature operation
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Speaker Biography: Zbig Wasilewski received the Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in 1986. His doctoral work focused on the influence of high hydrostatic pressure on the magnetooptical properties of shallow and deep donors in InSb. In 1988, after spending 14 months at Imperial College in London, where he expanded his work to other material systems and nanostructures, he joined the National Research Council of Canada where he worked until July 2012, focusing primarily on the molecular beam epitaxial growth and characterization of quantum structures and devices based on III–V semiconductor compounds. In July 2012 Dr. Wasilewski joined faculty of University of Waterloo where he holds a position of Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Endowed Chair and is a full professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a coauthor of over 400 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings papers.

33.  Dr. Ulrike Willer, Clausthal University of Technology, GERMANY
Invited Talk: The use of quantum cascade lasers for the detection of hazardous materials
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Speaker Biography: Ulrike Willer received her diploma degree in physics from Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany and her doctoral degree from Clausthal University of Technology, Germany. Since 2001 she is member of scientific staff at Clausthal University of Technology. She spent research stays at LBNL, Berkeley, CA and Rice University, Houston, TX. She has longstanding experience with mid-infrared spectroscopy starting from difference frequency generation with diode lasers up to the deployment of quantum cascade lasers. Her research interests include mid-infrared and photoacoustic spectroscopy, especially quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy, evanescent-field sensing and the development of sensor devices.

34.  Prof. Ben Williams, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Invited Talk: Terahertz quantum-cascade lasers based on transmission-line metamaterial waveguides
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Speaker Biography: Benjamin S. Williams: Prof. Williams received the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2003 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT from 2003-2006. In 2007, he joined Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is currently an Assistant Professor, and is a Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fellow. His research interests include quantum cascade lasers, intersubband and intersublevel devices in semiconductor nanostructures, and terahertz metamaterials and sub-wavelength plasmonics. He is the recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award and the NSF CAREER award.

35.  Dr. Dwight Woolard, US Army Research Office, USA
Invited Talk: Physical Modeling of Interband Tunneling & Transitions in InAs/GaSb Broken-Gap Heterostructure Lasing Devices
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Speaker Biography: U.S. Army Research Office Program Manager for Solid-State & High-Frequency Electronics directing research trusts in Nanometer-Scale & Molecular-Level Electronics and Terahertz-Frequency & Ultra-Fast Electronics. Dr. Woolard has been an active researcher in THz-Frequency Sensing Science and Electronic Technology since joining the ARL in 1993. Dr. Woolard is a graduate of North Carolina State University; was elected to IEEE Fellow in 2004 and was the receipient of the 2008 IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Award (both for contributions/leadership to science and technology at terahertz frequencies); and, was recognized for his Program Management by a 2011 U.S. Army SBIR Achievement Award.

36.  Dr. Gangyi Xu, Institut d'Électronique Fondamentale, FRANCE
Invited Talk: High power extraction in surface-emitting terahertz quantum cascade lasers using type-II photonic heterostructures
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Speaker Biography: Gangyi Xu was born in Zhejiang, China in 1974. He received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China in 2000. He presently works at Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale in France. His research interests include mid- and far-infrared semiconductor lasers and photodetectors, photonic crystals, plasmonics, and metamaterials.

37.  Dr. QuanKui Yang, Fraunhofer-IAF, Optoelectronic Modules Dept , GERMANY
Invited Talk: Wall-plug efficiency of mid-infrared QC lasers: modeling, optimization, and experiments
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Speaker Biography: Quankui Yang received the B. Sc. degree in physics from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China in 1995, and the Ph. D. degree in solid-state electronics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, in 2000. After that he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics (IAF), Freiburg, Germany, as a research scientist. His work mainly focuses on the development and application of infrared semiconductor lasers in particular quantum cascade lasers. His interests also include other semiconductor devices like infrared detectors, heterojunction bipolar transistors, and backward diodes. Dr. Yang is a co-inventor of 3 patents, has co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal papers, and contributed to an edition of Landoldt-Bornstein dedicated to quantum cascade lasers.

38.  Prof. Hans Zogg, ETH, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Invited Talk: Lead chalcogenide widely tunable monomode vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSEL) near room temperature
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Speaker Biography: Hans Zogg received his diploma and PhD both from ETH Zurich. After some industrial research positions, he again joined ETH. He got his habilitation in 1988 as a private lecturer at ETH and founded a group with main activities in infrared materials and devices as well as thin film photovoltaics. His main interests are the physics and technology of lead-chalcogenide (IV-VI) narrow gap semiconductors. He was the first to epitaxially grow device quality narrow gap semiconductors on Si-substrates and demonstrated mid-infrared photovoltaic detectors and detector arrays in these layers already in 1984. He devoted quite some work to understand the mechanical strain relaxation mechanism and the reduction of dislocation densities due to the huge lattice- and thermal expansion mismatch between the layers and the Si-substrate, and the influence of defects on the electronic properties of the heteroepitaxial IV-VI mid-IR devices.

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