Crawford Hill, NJ, USA

Andrea Blanco-Redondo

Silicon Photonics Department Head


Andrea Blanco-Redondo is the Head of the Silicon Photonics department at Nokia Bell Labs in New Jersey, USA. Prior to this, from 2015 to early 2019, she was the Professor Harry Messel Research Fellow and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Physics of the University of Sydney, Australia, and from 2007 to 2015 she was a photonics researcher and a project manager with the Aerospace and Telecom departments of Tecnalia, Spain. She got her PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on integrated photonics at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, in 2014 and her MSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain in 2007.

Andrea’s research interests span across integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, and topological photonics. She reported the first demonstration of soliton compression in silicon, discovered a novel type of optical soliton, the pure-quartic soliton, and realized the first laser capable of emitting this type of pulse. She has also delivered seminal contributions to the field of topological photonics by demonstrating topological protection of entangled quantum photonic states in a silicon platform.

Andrea is an OSA Director at Large and an Associate Editor with OSA Continuum. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Geoff Opat Award of the Australian Optical Society to the top Australian Early Career Researcher, and of one of the two 2014 Ada Byron Award to the top Women in Technology in Spain. Finally, she is member of the Editorial Board of APL Photonics and she serves in a variety of technical project committees for major international conferences in photonics.

Selected articles and publications

A. Runge, D. D. Hudson, K. K. Tam, C. Martijn de Sterke, and A. Blanco-Redondo, “The pure-quartic soliton laser,” Nature Photonics (2020).

     A. Blanco-Redondo, “Topological nanophotonics: toward robust quantum circuits,” Proceedings of the IEEE 108 (5),     837-849, 2020.

M. Wang, C. Doyle, B. Bell, M. J. Collins, E. Magi, B. Eggleton, M. Segev, and A. Blanco-Redondo, “Topologically protected entangled photonic states,” Nanophotonics 8(8), 1327-1335 (2019).

 A. Blanco-Redondo, B. Bell, D. Oren, B.J. Eggleton, and M. Segev, “Topological protection of biphoton states”, Science362, 568-571 (2018).

C.-W. Lo, A. Stefani, C. Martijn de Sterke, and A. Blanco-Redondo, “Analysis and design of fibers for pure-quartic solitons,” Optics Express 26(6), 7786-7796 (2018).

A. Blanco-Redondo, I. Andonegui, M. J. Collins, G. Harari, Y. Lumer, M. C. Rechtsman, B. J. Eggleton, and M. Segev “Topological optical waveguiding in silicon and the transition between topological and trivial defect states”, Physical Review Letters 116 (16), 163901 (2016).

A. Blanco-Redondo, C. Martijn de Sterke, J. E. Sipe, T. F. Krauss, B. J. Eggleton, and C. Husko “Pure-quartic solitons”, Nature Communications7, 10427 (2016).

A. Blanco-Redondo, C. Husko, D. Eades, Y. Zhang, J. Li, T. F. Krauss, B. J. Eggleton, “Observation of Soliton Compression in Silicon Photonic Crystals”, Nature Communications 5, 3160 (2014).

A. Blanco-Redondo, D. Eades, J. Li, S. Lefrancois, T. F. Krauss, B. J. Eggleton, and C. Husko , “Controlling free-carrier temporal effects in silicon by dispersion engineering,” Optica1, 299-306 (2014).

A. Blanco-Redondo, P. Sarriugarte, A. Garcia-Adeva, J. Zubia, and R. Hillenbrand, “Coupling mid-IR light from a photonic crystal waveguide to transmission lines,” App. Phys. Lett.104, 011105 (2014).

Honors & Awards