Skip navigation

Optical parametric devices: Physics and applications

Event Date: April 25, 2016
Speaker: Dr. Colin J. McKinstrie
Speaker Affiliation: Applied Communication Sciences
Time: 10:30am
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Professor Andy Weiner
Contact Phone: 765-49-45574
Contact Email:
Priority: No
School or Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering


In this talk I will review the physics and performance characteristics of parametric devices, such as amplifiers, frequency convertors and phase conjugators, which are based on four-wave mixing in fibers. I will also describe some recent applications of these devices, such as tunable radiation generation, phase-sensitive amplification, and buffering by frequency conversion and dispersion. My current research concerns the noise properties and information efficiencies of parametric devices and systems, and photon generation and frequency conversion in quantum information experiments.



Colin J. McKinstrie received a BSc degree from the University of Glasgow in 1981 (mathematics and physics) and a PhD degree from the University of Rochester in 1986 (plasma physics). From 1985 to 1988 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was associated with the Applied Physics Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies. In 1988 Dr McKinstrie returned to the University of Rochester as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Scientist in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. While there, his main research interests were laser fusion and nonlinear fiber optics. From 2001 to 2014 Dr McKinstrie was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, where his research concerned the amplification and transmission of optical pulses in communication systems, and applications of parametric devices in quantum information science. In 2014 he joined Applied Communication Sciences as a Senior Scientist.