Distinguished Lecture

Michal Lipson: Manipulating Light on Chip

Michal Lipson

Manipulating Light on Chip
Cornell University, MacArthur Fellow
Monday, March 21, 2011
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Gerald Ford Presidential Library Auditorium

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About the Event

Silicon is evolving as a versatile photonic platform with multiple functionalities that can be seamlessly integrated with low power. The tool box is rich starting from the ability to guide and switch multiple wavelength sources at GHz bandwidths, to optomechanical MEMS and opto-fluidics devices. Some of the challenges in the field of silicon photonics are discussed, among them are the decrease of losses in silicon waveguides and the integration of silicon photonics with current CMOS microelectronics.


Michal Lipson is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. Her research focuses on novel on-chip nanophotonic devices. She holds numerous patents on novel micron-size photonic structures for light manipulation, and is the author of over 100 technical papers in Physics and Optics journals. She has pioneered several of the critical building blocks for silicon photonics including GHz silicon modulators. Professor Lipson is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. She has received an NSF Early Career Award, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and is a member of the NY State Academy of Science. For more information about Professor Lipsonís research group, the Cornell Nanophotonics Group, please visit

Additional Information

Contact: Lisa Vogel

Phone: 647-1759


Sponsor(s): Pallab Bhattacharya

Open to: Public

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