Dr. Peter O’Brien was recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Optical Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. O’Brien brings expertise across a wide range of photonic packaging and integration technologies to CIAN, enabling advanced photonic devices to be packaged into fully working prototypes. Although his appointment only started in late 2015, collaborations between Dr. O’Brien and CIAN researchers are already producing results. For example, Dr. O’Brien has collaborated with Prof. Ming Wu and his postdoctoral researcher Dr. Tae Joon Seok to demonstrate packaging of UC Berkeley’s MEMs optical switch.
This enabled a fully packaged device to be tested in systems experiments performed by Prof. George Papen at UCSD. Results from this collaboration were presented at CIAN’s annual review in Columbia University last May, and a paper about this work will be presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) in October. Further collaborations have started with Prof. Keren Bregman (Columbia) and Prof. Robert Norwood (Arizona), and it is expected that new collaborations will start over the coming months.
Dr. Peter O’Brien is head of the Photonics Packaging Group at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. He is also Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland-Irish Photonics Integration Centre. Since establishing the Photonics Packaging Group in 2009, Dr. O’Brien has built a research team who address challenges in the area of highly integrated photonic devices for applications in communications, biomedical devices and sensors.
His group has developed a range of photonic packaging technologies which have been made available to users worldwide through a foundry service in collaboration with IMEC.
They have also prepared a range of packaging design rules, which have recently been implemented in PIC design tools such as those available through Phoenix Software and Luceda Photonics.
These design rules provide valuable guidance to PIC designers, ensuring their photonic devices are compatible with standard packaging technologies. The group has established research collaborations with institutes including UC Berkeley, University of Arizona, CERN, IMEC, CEA-LETI and Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz.
Dr. O’Brien received a degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters and PhD in Physics from University College Cork. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he was involved in the development of submillimeter wave devices for imaging and sensing applications. Dr O’Brien also founded a photonics company specializing in the development of bio-imaging systems, which he sold in 2009.