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Wednesday, February 13

Fiber-Based Parametric Devices:
Physics and Applications

Colin McKinstrie, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J.
Computational Sciences and Engineering Division,
Quantum Information Sciences Group, Seminar
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM, Research Office Building (5700), Room E-104
Contact: Warren Grice (, 865.241.2061


In this talk 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 and phase-sensitive amplification. My current research concerns the information efficiencies of parametric systems, and photon generation and frequency conversion in quantum information experiments.

About the speaker:
Colin J. McKinstrie received a BSc 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. Since 2001 Dr. McKinstrie has been a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, where his research concerns the amplification and transmission of optical pulses in communication systems, and applications of parametric devices in quantum information science.