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Fall 1999
IMA Hot Topics Workshop
September 9-10, 1999


Lawrence C. Cowsar
Bell Laboratories
Lucent Technologies


William L. Kath
Northwestern University
Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics

The goal of this 2-day workshop is to discuss progress and challenges in modeling and analysis of optical devices. Workshop participants will consist of industry representatives and applied mathematicians from academia. The goal is to provide a snapshot of the state-of-the-arts, and to discuss the open problems, challenges, and industry needs that remain. Topics to be addressed in the workshop includes: nonlinear optics, optical waveguides, optimal design, diffractive gratings, fibre-optical couplers, amplifiers. The workshop should articulate current research direction and open problems, and provide directions for future research in this important area.

The format of the workshop will be presentations and discussions. The workshop has been designed to be small and informal to maximize the opportunities for collaboration.


All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted.
Thursday Friday
8:30 am Coffee and Registration Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
9:00 am <> Fadil Santosa, Fred Dulles,
and William L. Kath
Optical Interconnects and Local Area Networks
9:30 am <>J. Allen Cox
Honeywell Technology Center
Role of Optics in Very High Throughput Communication for Parallel Processing
10:00 am <>John S. Abbott
Corning Incorporated
Modeling of Light Propagation in 1- and 10- Gigabit LANS
10:30 am Break Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
Optical Modeling Techniques
11:00 am <>Curtis R. Menyuk
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Advances in Modeling Optical Fiber Transmission Systems
11:30 am <>Dipak Chowdhury
Corning Incorporated
Component Modeling at Corning Incorporated
1:30 pm <>Charles Haggans
CIENA Corporation
Application of Optical Simulations from the Perspective of a Device and Module Designer
2:00 pm <> Robert Indik
University of Arizona
Modeling Semiconductor Lasers: From Microsopic Physics to Device Applications
2:30 pm Break Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
Diffractive Optics I
3:00 pm <>Fernando Reitich
University of Minnesota
Calculation of Electromagnetic and Acoustic Scattering via Boundary Variations and Analytic Continuation
3:30 pm <>David Yevick
University of Waterloo
Studies of Absorbing, Impedance-Matched and Transparent Boundary Conditions for Schrödinger-Type Equations
4:00 pm Discussion
5:00 - 7:00 pm <>Poster Session and Pizza Party
Lind Hall 4th Floor
8:45 am Coffee Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
Optical Waveguides
9:00 pm <>David Dobson
Texas A&M University
Numerical Modeling and Design Optimization of Periodic Dielectric Structures
9:30 am <>Chris White
Lucent Technologies
Understanding Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in Structured Photonic Crystals
Diffractive Optics II
10:00 am <>Alessandra Chiareli
Troubleshooting Fiber Bragg Grating Fabrication with Modeling
10:30 am Break Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
Optical Solitons
11:00 am <>Alejandro Aceves
University of New Mexico
Pulse Propagation in Nonlinear Fiber Gratings, Theory and Experiment
11:30 am <>Matthew L. Mitchell
Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
Coherent and Incoherent Spatial Solitons
Reduced Models
1:30 pm <>Vladimir S. Grigoryan
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Comparison of Theory and Experiment for Long Distance Dispersion-managed Soliton Transmission
2:00 pm <>William L. Kath
Northwestern University
Reduced Model for Return-to-zero Pulse Propagation in Dispersion-managed Optical Fibers
2:30 pm Break Reception Room EE/CS 3-176
3:00 - 4:30 pm Discussions

Thursday Friday


as of 9/9/99

Name Department Affiliation
John Abbott   Corning Inc.
Alejandro Aceves Mathematics & Statistics University of New Mexico
Gang Bao Mathematics University of Florida/Michigan State University
William Berglund Electrical Engineering University of Minnesota
Rob Brott Microreplication Technology Center 3M
Oscar Bruno Applied Mathematics Caltech
Alessandra Chiareli Corporate Research Labs 3M
Dipakbin Qasem Chowdhury   Corning Ins.
Lawrence Cowsar   Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
Allen Cox   Honeywell
Palle G. Dinesen Applied Math Brown University
David Dobson Mathematics Texas A&M University
Fred Dulles   Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
Avner Friedman MCIM University of Minnesota
Anand Gopinath Electrical & Computer Engr. University of Minnesota
Vladimir S. Grigoryan Computer Science & Electrical Engineering University of Maryland
Charles W. Haggans Photonic Technologies CIENA Corporation
Jan S. Hesthaven Applied Mathematics Brown University
Thomas Hoffend   3M
Robert Indik Mathematics University of Arizona
Bill Kath Engineering Science & Applied Math Northwestern University
Prakash Koonath Electrical Engineering University of Minnesota
Nathan Kutz Applied Mathematics University of Washington
Chanin Laliew Electrical Engineering & Computer Science University of Minnesota
Gregory G. Luther Process Engineering and Modeling Corning Inc.
Brian Marks ESAM Department Northwestern University
Curtis Menyuk Computer Science & Electrical Engineering University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Willard Miller   Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
David Misemer   3M
Matthew Mitchell Bell Laboratories Lucent Technologies
Peter Monk Mathematical Sciences University of Delaware
Arje Nachman   AFOSR/NM
T. Craig Poling   Lockheed Martin
Fernando Reitich Mathematics University of Minnesota
Fadil Santosa MCIM IMA & Minnesota Center for Industrial Math
Noel Smyth Mathematics and Statistics University of Edinburgh
Roger Strharsky Film/Light Management Technology Center 3M
Tri Van Mathematics Air Force Institute of Technology
Martin J. Vos CRL SEMS 3M
Michael I. Weinstein Fundamental Mathematics Research Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies
Chris White Materials Chemistry Research Lucent Techologies
David Yevick   University of Waterloo
Vadim Zharnitsky Applied Mathematics Brown University

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