Michael Lebby -- recently ex-president and CEO of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), member of the Lightwave Editorial Advisory Board, and eyewear savant -- reports that he is joining Translucent Inc. in Palo Alto as general manager and chief technology officer. The company originally spun out of Stanford to make erbium-doped waveguide amplifiers using erbium-doped silicon waveguides about a decade ago but has since changed its focus. Backed by Australian-based investor Silex, the company now hopes to supply what Lebby calls "virtual substrates" based on rare earth oxides.
"Work is progressing on SOI technology as well as Ge-on-silicon technology for solar and very high speed detectors," he writes in an email. "Translucent has published in the past light emitting silicon using rare earth oxides."
The virtual substrates would be SOI, SiGe, or Ge epi-ready for fabrication, Lebby adds.
The company currently has a landing page up at www.translucentinc.com.