John Bowers

 John Bowers

Fred Kavli Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Distinguished Professor, Materials


(805) 893-8447
2221C Engineering Sciences Building
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Lead Investigator, American Institute for Manufacturing of Photonics
Founding Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency
Director, Silicon Photonics Center
Member, Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
Member, Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center
Founder and Chair, Unite to Light

Materials Research Areas: 


Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Fellow, Optical Society of America
Fellow, American Physical Society
OSA Holonyak Prize
IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award

Research Description: 

John Bowers is a world-leading researcher in the areas of silicon photonics, optoelectronics, energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. His research interests include silicon photonics and integrated circuits, fiber optic networks, thermoelectrics, high efficiency solar cells, and optical switching. Optical switches have the potential to reduce the energy required to switch data by factor of 10,000. Silicon photonics have the potential to reduce the energy require to transmit data on and off chips by a factor of ten or more. A recent collaboration with Intel led to the development of hybrid silicon lasers, which led to a prototype 50 Gbps high-speed optical data link, which is integrated onto silicon.


Ph.D., Stanford University
M.S., Stanford University