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Peter O'Brien -

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peter.obrien (at) tyndall (dot) ie

  • Photonics

Dr. Peter O’Brien obtained his PhD in Physics from University College Cork in 1999. He has a Masters in Electronic Engineering and Degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (Micro Devices Laboratory) where he worked on the development of millimetre wave devices for remote sensing applications. Dr O’Brien co-founded one (Biosensia) and founded a second company (Epi-Light). His second company, Epi-Light limited, developed speciality photonic systems for medical device and pharmaceutical applications. He successfully sold the company in 2009 and returned to the Tyndall National Institute to establish a research activity in advanced photonic packaging. Dr O’Brien is now head of the Photonics Packaging Group and is involved in a wide range of both academic and industry research projects, across the telecoms and medical device sectors. Dr. O’Brien is also deputy director of the Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Photonic Integration Centre (www.ipic.ie). Dr O'Brien is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Optical Science, University of Arizona, Tucson.

  • Photonic device integration and packaging research for telecom, medical device and sensing applications

  • Strong focus on InP and Silicon photonic technologies

  • Leads large and highly experienced research team (research staff and PhD Students)

  • Design capabilities in optical, thermal, mechanical and electrical for photonic integration and packaging

  • State-of-the-art photonics integration and packaging laboratories

  • Development of fibre coupling, micro optical systems and flipchip integration processes

  • International research collaboration in Europe, US and Asia with academic and industrial partners

  • Research collaborations with leading institutes (eg. UC Berkeley, Caltech, University of Arizona, University of Columbia, IMEC, Fraunhofer Institute, VTT, CNRS-LETI)

  • Research collaborations with leading telecoms and medical device companies (eg. Stryker, Medtronic, Lake Region, ST Microelectronics)

  • Advanced photonic packaging and integration capabilities are now made available through Europractice (Europe) and MOSIS (US)

Regular invited speaker at international conferences and involved in conference organising committees

Research Grants

Funder Start Date End Date Title Role
TYNDALL 01-APR-11 31-DEC-23 Tyndall Block C Optical Interconnect Lab Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-JUL-09 30-JUN-12 Feasibility Study Grants within Innovation Partnerships Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-APR-12 01-JUL-13 Advanced Multicolour Fluorescence Detection Package. Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-OCT-09 01-APR-10 Travel Support Principal Investigator
European Union 01-OCT-11 31-DEC-14 Epixfab services specifically targeting (SME) industrial take-up of advanced silicon photonics. Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-OCT-09 30-OCT-11 Wide Spectrum LED (WiSeLED) Principal Investigator
Industry/EI Projects 01-APR-12 01-JUL-13 Advanced Multicolour Fluorescence Detection Package. Principal Investigator
European Union 01-OCT-12 30-DEC-18 Photonaic Libraries and Technology for Manufacturing. Principal Investigator
European Union 01-OCT-12 30-JUN-16 FDMA Access By Using Low-cost Optical Network Units in Sillicon Photonics. Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-NOV-12 30-MAY-14 Technology Centre Collaborative Project. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-JAN-13 31-DEC-15 Advanced Fibre-Waveguide Packaging. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-JAN-13 31-DEC-13 Laser Welding System. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-JAN-13 31-DEC-14 Solder Ink-Jet Dispenser. Principal Investigator
Miscellaneous Non Exchequer 01-JAN-13 31-DEC-23 Tyndall Photonics Packaging Commercial Entity. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 20-MAY-13 31-MAY-19 I-PIC Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-OCT-13 31-OCT-15 I-PIC Irish Photonics Integration Research Centre. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-JUL-13 31-DEC-23 I-PIC Irish Photonics Integrated Research Centre. Principal Investigator
Enterprise Irl 01-JUN-13 01-JUN-14 Compact Fibre Coupled High Power UV Light Source. Principal Investigator
Industry/EI Projects 01-JUN-13 31-OCT-14 Compact Fibre Coupled High Power UV Light Source. Principal Investigator
European Union 01-NOV-13 30-APR-20 Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion Solutions and Technology support. Principal Investigator
Industry 01-OCT-13 31-MAR-17 I-PIC Irish Photonics Integration Research Centre. Principal Investigator
Industry 01-SEP-13 31-AUG-17 Eblana 12/RC/2276 IPIC POB TP4 Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-SEP-13 31-DEC-17 SFI 12/RC/2276 IPIC POB TP4 SFI Principal Investigator
Industry 01-JUL-13 31-DEC-20 I-PIC Irish Photonics Integration Research Centre. Principal Investigator
Science Foundation of Ireland 01-SEP-14 31-AUG-16 Integrated silicon photonic biosensor systems. Principal Investigator

Research Collaborators

Company Country Name
California Institute of Technology U.S.A. Prof. Axel Shearer
University of California Davis U.S.A. Prof. Laura Marcu
University of Gent BELGIUM Prof. Roel Baets
IMEC BELGIUM Dr. Philip Absil
Europractice BELGIUM Dr. Amit Khanna
CEA-LETI FRANCE Dr. Jean-Marc Fedeli
ST Microelectronics ITALY Dr. Antonello Fincato
European Photonic Industry Consortium BELGIUM Carlos Lee
Fiber Technobis HOLLAND Pim Kat
Stryker Medical IRELAND David Tallon
Stryker Medical U.S.A. Dr. Erik Chmelar
Lake Regional Medical IRELAND Dr John Hayes
Compact Imaging U.S.A. Don Bogue
Radissens Diagnostics IRELAND Jerry O'Brien
Eblana Photonics IRELAND Jim Somers
Kaiam Coporation IRELAND Dr. Gideon Yosef

Book Chapters

YearPublication
2016Packaging of Silicon Photonic Devices
Peter O’Brien , Lee Carrol, Cormac Eason, Jun Su Lee (2016) Packaging of Silicon Photonic Devices. : Springer-Verlag .

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearJournalPublication
2016IEEE Photonics Technology LettersSilicon Photonic IC Transmitter and Flip-Chipped CMOS IC Driver targeting implementation in FDMA-PON
Sylvie Menezo, Enrico Temporiti ; Junsu Lee ; Olivier Dubray ; Maryse Fournier ; Stéphane Bernabé ; Daniele Baldi ; Benjamin Blampey ; Gabriele Minoia ; Matteo Repossi ; André Myko ; Sonia Messaoudène ; Lee Carroll ; Silvio Abrate ; Roberto Gaudino ; Peter O'Brien ; Benoit Charbonnier (2016) Silicon Photonic IC Transmitter and Flip-Chipped CMOS IC Driver targeting implementation in FDMA-PON. : .
2016Journal of OpticsRoadmap of Silicon Photonics
David Thomson, Aaron Zilkie, John E Bowers, Tin Komljenovic, Graham T Reed, Laurent Vivien, Delphine Marris-Morini, Eric Cassan, Léopold Virot, Jean-Marc Fédéli, Jean-Michel Hartmann, Jens H Schmid, Dan-Xia Xu, Frédéric Boeuf, Peter O'Brien, Goran Z Mashanovich and M Nedeljkovic (2016) Roadmap of Silicon Photonics. : .
2016IEEE Journal of Quantum ElectronicsMeeting the Electrical, Optical, and Thermal Design Challenges of Photonic-Packaging
Jun Su Lee, Lee Carroll ; Carmelo Scarcella ; Nicola Pavarelli ; Sylvie Menezo ; Stéphane Bernabé ; Enrico Temporiti ; Peter O'Brien (2016) Meeting the Electrical, Optical, and Thermal Design Challenges of Photonic-Packaging. : .
2015IEEE Photonics Technology LettersHybrid III–V/Silicon SOA in Optical Network Based on Advanced Modulation Formats
Peter Kaspar, Guilhem de Valicourt, Romain Brenot, Miquel A. Mestre, Philippe Jennevé, Alain Accard, Dalila Make, François Lelarge, Guang-Hua Duan, Nicola Pavarelli, Marc Rensing, Cormac Eason, Peter O’Brien, Ségolène Olivier, Stéphane Malhouitre, Christophe Kopp, Chirstophe Jany, and Sylvie Menezo (2015) Hybrid III–V/Silicon SOA in Optical Network Based on Advanced Modulation Formats. : .
2015Acs PhotonicsThermally Controllable Silicon Photonic Crystal Nanobeam Cavity without Surface Cladding for Sensing Applications
Fegadolli, WS;Pavarelli, N;O'Brien, P;Njoroge, S;Almeida, VR;Scherer, A (2015) Thermally Controllable Silicon Photonic Crystal Nanobeam Cavity without Surface Cladding for Sensing Applications. : AMER CHEMICAL SOC. [Details]
2015Scientific ReportsA sensitive optical micro-machined ultrasound sensor (OMUS) based on a silicon photonic ring resonator on an acoustical membrane
Leinders, SM;Westerveld, WJ;Pozo, J;van Neer, PLMJ;Snyder, B;O'Brien, P;Urbach, HP;de Jong, N;Verweij, MD (2015) A sensitive optical micro-machined ultrasound sensor (OMUS) based on a silicon photonic ring resonator on an acoustical membrane. : NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. [Details]
2013IEEE Photonics Technology LettersDemonstration of a Photonic Integrated Mode Coupler With MDM and WDM Transmission
Chen, HS,Sleiffer, V,Snyder, B,Kuschnerov, M,van Uden, R,Jung, YM,Okonkwo, CM,Raz, O,O'Brien, P,de Waardt, H,Koonen, T (2013) Demonstration of a Photonic Integrated Mode Coupler With MDM and WDM Transmission. : . [Details]
2013Electronics LettersButterfly packaged high-speed and low leakage InGaAs quantum well photodiode for 2000nm wavelength systems
Yang, H,Ye, N,Phelan, R,O'Carroll, J,Kelly, B,Han, W,Wang, X,Nudds, N,MacSuibhne, N,Gunning, F,O'Brien, P,Peters, FH,Corbett, B (2013) Butterfly packaged high-speed and low leakage InGaAs quantum well photodiode for 2000nm wavelength systems. : . [Details]
2013IEEE Photon. Tech. LettersAnalysis and Demonstration of a Photonic Integrated Mode Coupler with MDM and WDM Transmission over Few-Mode Fiber
Chen, H and Sleiffer, V and Snyder, B and Kuschnerov, M and van Uden, R and Jung, Y and Okonkwo, C and Raz, O and O’Brien, P and de Waardt, H and others (2013) Analysis and Demonstration of a Photonic Integrated Mode Coupler with MDM and WDM Transmission over Few-Mode Fiber. : .
2012Journal of Lightwave TechnologyInvestigation of the Packaging-Induced RF Attenuations and Resonances in a Broadband Optoelectronic Modulator Module
Han, W,Rensing, M,Wang, X,Yang, H,Peters, FH,O'Brien, P (2012) Investigation of the Packaging-Induced RF Attenuations and Resonances in a Broadband Optoelectronic Modulator Module. : . [Details]
2012Journal Of Optical Communications And NetworkingSilicon Photonics for Next Generation FDM/FDMA PON
Charbonnier, B,Menezo, S,O'Brien, P,Lebreton, A,Fedeli, JM,Ben Bakir, B (2012) Silicon Photonics for Next Generation FDM/FDMA PON. : . [Details]
2011Journal Of Electronic PackagingOptimization of Microwave Packaging Structure for Directly Modulated Laser Modules Using Three-Dimensional Electromagnetic Model
Han, W,Rensing, M,O'Brien, P,Peters, FH (2011) Optimization of Microwave Packaging Structure for Directly Modulated Laser Modules Using Three-Dimensional Electromagnetic Model. : . [Details]
2011IEEE Trans on Comps, Packaging and Manufacturing TechDirectly Modulated Laser Diode Module Exceeding 10 Gb/s Transmission
Song, J and Rensing, M and Daunt, C and O'Brien, P.A and Peters, F (2011) Directly Modulated Laser Diode Module Exceeding 10 Gb/s Transmission. : .
2009Optics ExpressOptimal Laser Welding Assembly Sequences For Butterfly Laser Module Packages
Song, JH, O'Brien, P, Peters, FH; (2009) Optimal Laser Welding Assembly Sequences For Butterfly Laser Module Packages. : .
2004Sensors and Actuators B-ChemicalDevelopment and test of an integrated microsystem for HPLC separation and detection using refractive index measurements
Brennan, D,O'Brien, P,O'Brien, J,Freeman, N,Swann, M (2004) Development and test of an integrated microsystem for HPLC separation and detection using refractive index measurements. : . [Details]
2004AnalystSub-picomole colorimetric single nucleotide polymorphism discrimination using oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates
Murphy, D,O'Brien, P,Redmond, G (2004) Sub-picomole colorimetric single nucleotide polymorphism discrimination using oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates. : . [Details]
2002Journal of chromatography. AIon chromatography on-chip (vol 924, pg 233, 2001)
Murrihy, JP,Breadmore, MC,Tan, AM,McEnery, M,Alderman, J,O'Mathuna, C,O'Neill, AP,O'Brien, P,Avdalovic, N,Haddad, PR,Glennon, JD (2002) Ion chromatography on-chip (vol 924, pg 233, 2001). : .
2002IEEE Photonics Technology LettersFocusing Properties of High Brightness Gain Tailored Broad-Area Semiconductor Lasers
O’Callaghan, J.R and Houlihan, J and Voignier, V and Huyet, G and McInerney, J.G and Corbett and B and O’Brien, P.A (2002) Focusing Properties of High Brightness Gain Tailored Broad-Area Semiconductor Lasers. : .
2002Journal of Micromechanics and MicroengineeringDevelopment of a microfluidic device for fluorescence activated cell sorting
Kruger, J,Singh, K,O'Neill, A,Jackson, C,Morrison, A,O'Brien, P (2002) Development of a microfluidic device for fluorescence activated cell sorting. : . [Details]
2001Journal of chromatography. AOn-chip definition of picolitre sample injection plugs for miniaturised liquid chromatography
O'Neill, AP,O'Brien, P,Alderman, J,Hoffman, D,McEnery, M,Murrihy, J,Glennon, JD (2001) On-chip definition of picolitre sample injection plugs for miniaturised liquid chromatography. : .
2000Proceedings of OptoelectronicsModification of internal temperature distribution in broad area semiconductor lasers and the effect on near- and far-field distributions
O'Neill, E and O'Brien, P.A and Houlihan, J:McInerney, J (2000) Modification of internal temperature distribution in broad area semiconductor lasers and the effect on near- and far-field distributions. : .
1999Materials Science In Semiconductor ProcessingThe control of growth dynamics by the use of designed precursors for the MOCVD of electronic ceramics Part II
Jones, A. C.,Leedham, T. J.,Wright, P. J.,Crosbie, M. J.,Williams, D. J.,Davies, H. O.,Fleeting, K. A.,O'Brien, P.,Pemble, M. E. (1999) The control of growth dynamics by the use of designed precursors for the MOCVD of electronic ceramics Part II. : .
1998Electronic LettersImaging of curved facet unstable resonator semiconductor lasers operating at 980 nm
O'Brien, P,Moorhouse, C,Braddell, J,McInerney, J; (1998) Imaging of curved facet unstable resonator semiconductor lasers operating at 980 nm. : .
1998Electronic LettersInternal temperature distribution measurements in high power semiconductor lasers
O'Brien, P,O'Callaghan, J,McInerney, J; (1998) Internal temperature distribution measurements in high power semiconductor lasers. : .
1998Electronic LettersInhomogeneous pumping and increased filamentation threshold of semiconductor lasers by contact profiling
Skovgaard, PMW,O'Brien, P,McInerney, JG; (1998) Inhomogeneous pumping and increased filamentation threshold of semiconductor lasers by contact profiling. : .
1998Proceedings of Laser and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE-LEOS), Florida, USAImproved near- and far-field distributions in broad area semiconductor lasers with enhanced current spreading
O’Brien, P.A and Skovgaard, P and McInerney, J.G (1998) Improved near- and far-field distributions in broad area semiconductor lasers with enhanced current spreading. : .
1998Elec. LettBroad area semiconductor lasers with improved near and far fields using enhanced current spreading
O’Brien, P.A and Skovgaard, P.M.W and McInerney, J.G (1998) Broad area semiconductor lasers with improved near and far fields using enhanced current spreading. : .

Conference Publications

YearPublication
2016SPIE Photonics West Proceedings
M. J. Leahy ; C. Wilson ; J. Hogan ; Peter O’Brien ; R. Dsouza ; K. Neuhaus ; D. Bogue ; H. Subhash ; Colm O’Riordan ; Paul M. McNamara (2016) SPIE Photonics West Proceedings. : .
20152015 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION (OFC)
Brunina, D;Porto, S;Jain, A;Lai, CP;Antony, C;Pavarelli, N;Rensing, M;Talli, G;Ossieur, P;O'Brien, P;Townsend, PD (2015) 2015 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION (OFC). : IEEE.
20152015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS CONFERENCE DIGEST OF TECHNICAL PAPERS (ISSCC)
Rakowski, M;Pantouvaki, M;De Heyn, P;Verheyen, P;Ingels, M;Chen, HT;De Coster, J;Lepage, G;Snyder, B;De Meyer, K;Steyaert, M;Pavarelli, N;Lee, JS;O'Brien, P;Absil, P;Van Campenhout, J (2015) 2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS CONFERENCE DIGEST OF TECHNICAL PAPERS (ISSCC). : IEEE.
20152015 PHOTONICS CONFERENCE (IPC)
Ye, N;Yang, H;Gleeson, M;Pavarelli, N;Zhang, HY;O'Callaghan, J;Han, W;Nudds, N;Collins, S;Gocalinska, A;Pelucchi, E;O'Brien, P;Gunning, FCG;Peters, FH;Corbett, B (2015) 2015 PHOTONICS CONFERENCE (IPC). : IEEE.
2014Photonics Europe, Brussels
O'Brien, P.A (2014) Photonics Europe, Brussels. : .
2013ECOC
Chen, H and van Uden, R and Okonkwo, C and Snyder, B and Raz, O and O’Brien, P.A and van den Boom, H and de Waardt, H and . Koonen, T (2013) ECOC. : .
2013OECC
Chen, H and Sleiffer, V and Snyder, B and Kuschnerov, M and van Uden, R and Jung, Y and Okonkwo, C and Raz, O and O’Brien, P.A and de Waardt H and others (2013) OECC. : .
2010OWU3, OFC2010, San Diego,
Shi, K and Smyth, F and Reid, D and Roycroft, B and Corbett, B and Song, J.H and O’Brien, P.A. and Peters, F and Barry, L.P (2010) OWU3, OFC2010, San Diego,. : .
2001NanoTech2001, Montreux, Switzerland
Kr"uger, J and Porta, P and Singh, K and Brennan, D and O’Neill, A and O’Brien, P.A (2001) NanoTech2001, Montreux, Switzerland. : .

Committees

  • [2013] Actphast Project Commitee, Actphast is a major initiative by the EU to provide investment free photonic prototyping services to Europe’s SME sector and involves 23 of Europe’s leading research institutes (eg. IMEC, CEA-LETI, CNRS, Fraunhofer, VTT).

Employment

  • [2008] Tyndall National Institute - Head of Photonics Packaging Group
  • [2005] Epi-Light Limited - CEO and Founder
  • [2003] BioSensia Limited - CTO and Co-founder
  • [2000] NMRC - Microfluidics and Biophotonics Group Leader
  • [1999] Micro Devices Laboratory - Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar
  • [1992] General Semiconductor Limited - Planar Silicon Process Manager

Education

  • [1990] Trinity College, Dublin - B.A. (Mod.)
  • [1992] National University Ireland, Cork - MSc
  • [1999] National University Ireland, Cork - PhD
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