Silvano Donati (M’75, SM’98, F’03, LF’09) earned his doctorate in Physics (Laurea in Fisica) cum laude from University of Milan, Italy, 1966, and has been Chair professor of University of Pavia from 1980 to 2014. Presently, he is just been appointed Emeritus Professor at University of Pavia, and continues his Visiting Professorship at Universities in Taiwan. He has authored or co-authored 300+ papers, has an Hirsch factor of 30 and holds a dozen international patents. He has introduced self-mixing interferometry and chaos-shift-keying cryptography, the topics covered in his Distinguished Lecture talk given in 21 LEOS (now IPS) Chapters in 2007/08 and 2008/09. Has authored two books, ‘Photodetectors’ (Prentice Hall, 1999) and ‘Electro-Optical Instrumentation’ (Prentice Hall, 2004). He was the founder (1996) and first Chairman (1997-01) of the Italian LEOS Chapter, LEOS VP Region 8 Membership (2002-04) and LEOS BoG (2004-06), and Chairman of the IEEE Italy Section (2008-09). He acted as Guest Editor of Special Issues, on Fiber Optics and Passive Components (JSTQE Sept.1999), on Laser Interferometry (J. Optics A 1998 and 2002, Optical Engineering 2001), and Feature Issues of IEEE Journal Quantum Electronics, Sept. 2002, Optical Chaos and Cryptography, and Photodetectors (Aug. 2004). He has been a member of the OSA Intl. Board Advisor Committee (209-11) and a member of the IEEE Fellow Judge Board (2011-13). He has been Visiting Professor at Universities of Taiwan: NTU, Taipei, 2005, Sun Yat Sen, Kaohsiung (2007, 2008, 2010), NCKU, Tainan 2012, NCHU, Taichung (2013 -14), NTUT Taipei, 2015. He is Life Fellow of the IEEE, and OSA Emeritus Fellow.
Mitigation of the back-reflection disturbances in semiconductor lasers taking advantage of the self-mixing signal properties
Investigation on the linewidth enhancement factor of multiple longitudinal mode semiconductor lasers
Measurement of linewidth enhancement factor of different semiconductor lasers in operating conditions
Simultaneous optical and electrical mixing in a single fast photodiode for the demodulation of weak mm-wave signals
High-bandwidth photodiode frequency-response characterization method based on the photomixing technique
Fabrication, optimization, and characterization of monolithic semiconductor mode-locked lasers and colliding, pulse mode-locked lasers at millimeter-wave frequencies