Jesse Simsarian

Member of Technical Staff


At Bell Labs since 2000, Jesse E. Simsarian has communications research expertise that spans optical devices, optical transmission, optical packet routers and networks, resilient network design and optimization, and software-defined transport networks. Highlights of his work include the first demonstration of a fast wavelength-tunable coherent burst-mode receiver and the coherent reception of optical packets following 1200 km of fiber transmission. He led the systems experiments for the DARPA-sponsored IRIS optical packet router, culminating in the demonstration of an all-optical router interconnected with a commercial electronic router. His early work at Bell Labs included the development of a fast wavelength-tunable laser module with switching time under 50 ns. He has recently developed a software-defined transport network control plane for commercial IP and optical network elements and demonstrated several cross-layer applications.

Prior to joining Bell Labs, he was the recipient of a fellowship to work for Nobel laureate Dr. William D. Phillips at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, his experiments on a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of sodium atoms included the first observation of solitons in a BEC and imaging the phase of expanding matter waves.

At SUNY Stony Brook, Dr. Simsarian was part of the first team to capture the radioactive element, francium, in an optical trap. Subsequent measurements included the first atomic lifetime measurements of Fr and the discovery of several low-lying electron energy levels. He was awarded a President's Award for outstanding PhD dissertation from the university.


• Ph.D., Physics  - State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, 1998

• M.A., Physics - State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, 1995

• B.S., Physics - Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1993


Professional activites

• Technical Program Committee Co-Chair – OSA Photonic Networks and Devices (NETWORKS) 2015

• Associate Editor – Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, 2015

• Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the the Optical Society of America

• External Examiner – voce, Dublin City University, 2015.



Selected articles and publications

• Over 70 publications, 3600 citations, and multiple patents
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Honors & Awards

2020 OSA Fellow