The David Sarnoff Award, sponsored by SRI International Sarnoff, recognizes Coldren for his contributions to semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits.
Coldren, an IEEE Life Fellow and the Fred Kavli Professor of Optoelectronics and Sensors at UCSB, is a leading authority on semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. His work has shaped the optical communications field and provided key devices for high-capacity lightwave transmission systems.
His development and commercialization of key laser and photonics technologies have been integral to enhancing the capacity and spectral efficiency of optical transmission systems. Perhaps his most outstanding innovation was the conception, development and commercialization of the sampled-grating distributed-Bragg-reflector laser. Containing a modulator and amplifier fabricated on the same semiconductor chip as a widely-tunable laser, this device is the workhorse transmitter for high-capacity lightwave transmission systems in many of today’s telecom core networks.
Coldren has also made seminal contributions to the design of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, which are integral to routing e-mail and Internet traffic. He is a technical authority on photonic integrated circuits, whose functionality, low cost and small footprint will play an important role in ultra-high-speed optical systems.
The award will be presented in March 2014 at the IEEE Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exposition.