Alice White, Ph.D.

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Ph.D., Harvard University

phone: (617) 353-4846
office: 110 Cummington Mall, ENG 107

Research Interests

Nanofabrication * Optical Materials * Optoelectronic Integration and Packaging * Thermal Management * 3D Printing

Professor White has extensive experience in fabrication and packaging of optical and electronic devices, and will draw on that background to tackle challenging problems involved with the novel optical devices that will be required for future exabit networks.  In addition to exploring prototype devices and packages that exploit the nanometer control offered by additive manufacturing using high-resolution 3D printing, she expects to take advantage of the excellent central facilities available through her affiliations with the Division of Materials Science and the Photonics Center.

Professor White came to BU in September 2013 from Bell Labs, where she was Chief Scientist.  Her research career spanned many areas, but common themes have been fabrication and materials. After a PhD thesis and a postdoc looking at the physics of electronic transport in 1D metal wires at low temperatures, she moved into using high-dose ion implantation to synthesize materials, including implanting Co ions to make high-quality crystalline layers of CoSi2 inside a silicon wafer.   Switching fields once again, she worked on novel fiber devices, fabricating phase masks by reactive ion etching of glass to make fiber-Bragg-grating devices manufacturable.   This led to a work in so-called “silicon optical bench” technology, which uses semiconductor processing techniques to create optical subassemblies for lasers and detectors as well as optical waveguide interconnects.    More recently, she worked on extending this technology to integrate both photonics and electronics in silicon using a commercial CMOS fabrication facility.


Selected Publications

  • “Internal Bandwidth Equalization in a CMOS compatible Si-Ring Modulator”, Douglas M. Gill, Mahmoud Rasras, Kun-Yii Tu, Young-Kai Chen, Alice E. White, Sanjay S. Patel, Daniel Carothers, Andrew Pomerene, Robert Kamocsai, Craig Hill, and James Beattie, Photonics Technology Letters 21, 200-202 (2009).
  • “Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits on the CMOS Platform”, L. C. Kimerling, D. Ahn, A. B.Apsel, M. A. Beals, D. Carothers, Y.-K. Chen, T. Conway, D. M. Gill, M. J. Grove, C.-Y. Hong, M. Lipson, J. Liu, J. Michel, D. Pan, S. S. Patel, A. T. Pomerene, M. S. Rasras, D. K. Sparacin, K.-Y. Tu, A. E. White, and C. W. Wong, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 6125, 612502, March 2006. (Invited)
  • “Erbium-doped Planar Waveguide Amplifiers Integrated with Silica Waveguide Technology”, J. Shmulovich, D. J. Muehlner, A. J. Bruce, J-M. Delavaux, C. McIntosh, G. Lenz, L. T. Gomez, E. Laskowski, A. Paunescu, R. Pafchek, I. Ryazansky, S. G. Kosinski, and A. E. White, Proceedings of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC 2000),  paper WA1-1 (March 2000).
  • “Integrated Optical Components for WDM Systems”, Alice E. White, Optics and Photonics News, Vol. 11, p.26, (March 2000).
  • “Arrayed Waveguide Lens Wavelength Add-Drop in Silica”, C. R. Doerr, L. W. Stultz, J. Gates, M. Cappuzzo, E. Laskowski, L. Gomez, A. Paunescu, A. E. White, C. Narayanan, Photonics Technology Letters 11, 557 (1999).
  • “Hybrid Integrated Silicon Optical Bench Planar Lightguide Circuits”, J. Gates, D. Muehlner, M. Cappuzzo, M. Fishteyn, L. Gomez, G. Henien, E. Laskowski, I. Ryazansky, J. Shmulovich, D. Syvertsen, A. White, Proceedings of the 48th Electronic Comp. and Tech. Conf., Seattle, Washington, S15P1, (1998).
  • Chapter 7:  “Optical Fiber Components and Devices” Alice E. White and Stephen G. Grubb in Optical Fiber Telecommunications, Vol. IIIB, ed. by Ivan P. Kaminow and Thomas L. Koch (Academic Press, NY, 1997) p. 267.
  • “Production of In-Fibre Gratings using a Diffractive Optical Element”, D. Z. Anderson, V. Mizrahi, T. Erdogan, and A. E.White,  Electron. Lett. 29, 566 (1993).
  • “Propagation of Picosecond Electrical Pulses on a Silicon-Based Microstrip Line with Buried Cobalt Silicide Groundplane”, Hartmut Roskos, Martin C. Nuss, Keith W. Goossen, David W. Kisker, Alice E. White, Ken T. Short, Dale C. Jacobson, and John M. Poate, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2604 (1991).
  • “Mesotaxy: Single-Crystal Growth of Buried CoSi2 Layers”, A. E .White, K. T. Short, R. C. Dynes, J. P. Garno and J. M. Gibson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 95 (1987).