Santa Clara University

Physics department
Spring 2015 Colloquium
 

Wednesday, May 20, 4-5pm Alumni Science 120

Connecting the World Through Light

Dr. Sandeep Razdan
Intel Corporation

 

Optical networks form the backbone of the world's communication systems, including the Internet itself. Introduction of the laser some 50 years ago completely revolutionized our ability to send information over long distances, at scale, and without appreciable loss. Coupled with optical fibers, lasers handle essentially all of our long distance telecommunications and have led to dramatic increases in capacity.

This talk will discuss the fundamentals of optical communication technologies that connect people and systems in the 21st century. We will talk about technologies associated with encoding, decoding and transferring information through optics that depend on scale, distances, data-transfer rates and transmission power.

We will also discuss the future of optical communications, bringing optical interconnects to much shorter length scales, starting from optical links between servers, within a server, within a computer and finally within individual chips that will revolutionize communication and data transfer speeds in the next 10-20 years.

 

In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to John Birmingham at 408-551-7185 and jbirmingham@scu.edu at least 72 hours prior to the event.




 


Wednesday, May 13, 4-5pm Alumni Science 120

Nuclear Scattering and Society

Dr. Sucheta Jawalkar

Santa Clara University

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Experimental nuclear scattering is an effective tool for fundamental and applied nuclear physics. However, the word "nuclear" has a poor public perception. Research projects have little connection with social justice concerns, and spending millions of dollars on fundamental research does not typically sit well with governments or the public. I will outline three research projects and their interactions with the world outside of the laboratory.

 

In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to John Birmingham at 408-551-7185 and jbirmingham@scu.edu at least 72 hours prior to the event.




 
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