Tom Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University and co-founder of Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. which he established in 1996. He served as the company's Chairman and CEO until January 2005. Prior to Arcturus, Dr. Baer was Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging, where he led an interdisciplinary group developing instrumentation and reagents with applications in the areas of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply quality control.
Professor Robert L. Byer has conducted research and taught classes in lasers and nonlinear optics at Stanford University since 1969. He has made numerous contributions to laser science and technology including the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS). Current research includes the development of nonlinear optical materials and laser diode pumped solid state laser sources for applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration.
Professor Fejer’s group focuses on nonlinear and guided-wave optics as well as novel nonlinear optical materials and their device applications. Particular areas of interest are the use of microstructured nonlinear optical materials to perform optical signal processing and efficient wavelength conversion for telecom applications. In collaboration with Professor Kahn’s group, Fejer’s group is developing wavelength converters for mid-IR optical communications.
Professor Miller’s group performs research on the use of optics in switching and interconnection systems as well as exploring the fundamental limits for optics in interconnections. Particular areas of interest are quantum well and nanophotonic optics and optoelectronics. Miller’s group has developed, in collaboration with Harris’s group, new high speed reflective modulators based on Ge quantum wells that are compatible with Si substrates. This provides a pathway to the achievement of monolithically integrated Si chips that combine CMOS electronics with high performance optical interconnects.