Emerging Tech SIG: The Future of Digital Optics: From Micro-optics to Nanophotonics



  • Topic - The Future of Digital Optics: From Micro-optics to Nanophotonics


    Today, the dominant paradigm in optics is shifting from analog to digital, mirroring the revolution in electronics that occurred 50 years ago.

    Analog optics involves conventional lenses, mirrors and waveguide optics. Digital optics involves optical elements composed of micro-structures designed by a computer and fabricated by lithographic techniques. The current paradigm shift facilitates miniaturization and mass replication at scales impossible before, exposing new optical phenomena and new applications in an extraordinarily broad range of industries, including data storage, telecom, datacom, manufacturing, medical devices, defense, security, and wearable computing.

    Importantly, because digital optics manufacturers can leverage many insights from semiconductor fabrication, this paradigm shift is happening at a much faster pace than the electronics shift.

    Come join us as we explore this shift, its advances, and their implications.


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation