Erich P. Ippen ’62

Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering Emeritus
Professor of Physics Emeritus
Ippen is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE).

Research Interests

Femtosecond fiber and integrated photonic devices; nanophotonics; ultrafast studies of materials and devices; femtosecond optical clock and arbitrary waveform technologies.

RLE: Investigator Profile – Erich P. Ippen
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Biographical Sketch

Erich P. Ippen received his SB degree from MIT in 1962 and his PhD from the University of California in 1968. He worked at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ from 1968 to 1980 before joining the faculty of MIT where he is now Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering Emeritus and Professor of Physics Emeritus. He is known for his early work on nonlinear optics in fibers and for pioneering the fields of femtosecond science and technology.

Awards & Honors

  • 2006 // Frederic Ives Medal
  • 2004 // Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America
  • 2001-02 // James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, MIT, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to his fields and to the Institute
  • 2000 // President, Optical Society of America
  • 1997 // Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science
  • 1989 // Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 1981 // RW Wood Prize

Key Publications

  • “High-power thulium lasers on a silicon photonics platform,” N. Li et al., Opt. Lett. 42, 1181-4 (2017)

  • “Octave-spanning coherent supercontinuum generation in silicon on insulator from 1.06 μm to beyond 2.4 μm,” N. Singh et al., Nature, Light Science & Applications, 7, 17131 (2018)

  • “Integrated CMOS-compatible Q-switched mode-locked lasers at 1900nm with an on-chip artificial saturable absorber,” K. Shtyrkova et al., Opt. Exp. 27, 3542-3556 (2019)