Christopher Richard Doerr
- IEEE Photonics Award
During a 25-year career in photonics featuring over 180 patents, Christopher Richard Doerr has developed, demonstrated, and commercialized photonic integrated circuit technologies that meet the ever-increasing traffic needs of Internet users around the world. Prior to Doerr’s work, it was believed that silicon integrated photonics were suitable only for low-cost, low-performance applications. However, with many industry firsts he demonstrated that silicon photonics can reliably provide the ultrahigh performance and compactness in addition to the low cost that advanced communication systems require. Among his innovations, Doerr developed a commercially viable, long-haul/metro silicon photonics-based transceiver featuring a single-chip transceiver exhibiting extremely low optical loss, high speed, low power, and low cost that has been manufactured in high volume and with high yield for over six years now, being deployed at speeds up to 600 Gb/s per optical carrier.
An IEEE Fellow, Doerr is the associate vice president of Advanced Development at Acacia Communications, Holmdel, NJ, USA.