Dr. Colin J. McKinstrie
Applied Communication Sciences,
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
Title: Physics and applications of optical parametric devices
I will begin this talk with a historical introduction to optical communication systems. Then 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 systems, and photon generation and frequency conversion in quantum information experiments, which I will describe briefly.
Colin J. McKinstrie received a B.Sc. 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 the 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 Laboratories, where his research concerned the amplification and transmission of optical pulses in communication systems, and applications of parametric devices in quantum in-formation science. In 2014 he joined Applied Communication Sciences. Dr McKinstrie is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal, a Deputy Editor of Optics Express, and serves regularly on conference committees for IEEE, OSA and SPIE.