Key Personnel

Dr. Paul A. Morton

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
      BSc Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, England
      MEng Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, England

      PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, England

      Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Morton is an internationally renowned photonics visionary with over 30 years of experience in research and product development.  He was involved in early R&D on RF photonics while at Marconi Defense Systems in the 1980’s.  Following his PhD, he became the first postdoctoral researcher in the renowned research group of Professor John Bowers at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), carrying out fundamental research on mode-locked semiconductor lasers.  As a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the 1990’s, Dr. Morton carried out pioneering research on high speed photonic devices, including directly modulated lasers (world records achieved), mode-locked pulse sources and narrow linewidth CW versions of hybrid-integrated lasers combining fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) and high performance gain chips, and integrated devices including electroabsorption modulated lasers (EMLs), as well as the system applications of these devices.  Dr. Morton played a key role as Director of the active photonic components department at CIENA Corporation, a pioneer of DWDM transmission systems, carrying out R&D and qualifying all active photonic components for CIENA systems.

In 2002, Dr. Morton founded Morton Photonics (MP) Inc., where he is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  This successful photonics R&D company has supported numerous device and system level companies, in areas including: photonic device and sub-system design, testing, simulation, qualification, system level applications and test-beds, test facility design and build, technology and roadmap planning, marketing advice and executive management positions  Dr. Morton has also provided advice and due diligence to money management firms and on intellectual property rights issues.

Dr. Morton is the principal investigator (PI) for MP on multiple SBIR, STTR and other DoD funded R&D programs, where he leads the program, manages subcontractors for fabrication of novel photonic components, and carries out device and system level testing at the MP in-house photonics labs.

Dr. Morton was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 2011 in recognition for ‘contributions to optical transmitters’.  He was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 2005 in recognition for ‘fundamental contributions to high-speed optical transmitters and implementation into DWDM transmission systems’.
Jill L. Morton

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Research Analyst
      BSc Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, England         

      MEng Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, England
Jill Morton is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Morton Photonics Inc.  She was previously a microwave systems engineer in the Electronic Warfare Division of Marconi Defence Systems Ltd, Stanmore, England, where she worked on a number of programs including the Strategic Defense Initiative, Decoys and RF jamming systems.  In addition to engineering and project management roles, Jill carries out the day to day management and finance at Morton Photonics. ​​
 Dr. Jacob B. Khurgin

  • Part Time Scientist
      Professor, ECE Department, The Johns Hopkins University

      B.S.E.E.  Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, St. Petersburg, Russia

      M.S.  Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, St. Petersburg, Russia

      PhD  Electro-Physics, Polytechnic University of New York
Dr Khurgin is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of dispersive properties of microresonator and slow-light devices, and has significant expertise in the modeling and understanding of fiber optic systems, analog fiber optic links and phased array systems, including work with the Naval Research Labs.
Dr Khurgin has designed and modeled integrated optical devices since the 1980’s, and successfully implemented a number of innovative designs.  He researched active components including FM lasers, and linearization of analog integrated optical components – frequency discriminators and modulators, and proposed optical ring assisted devices for linearization; Ring Assisted Mach Zehnder Interferometer (RAMZI) modulators, and more recently the Ring Assisted Michelson Interferometer (RAMI) modulator.  Dr Khurgin focused his efforts on dispersive properties of integrated optics, including slow-light propagation, and was the first to suggest the fiber grating as a slow-light medium in 2000.  He also suggested using slow-light to achieve velocity matching in electro-optic modulators.  In recent years he has been developing a comprehensive analysis of performance limitations due to dispersion of index and absorption in integrated optics.  Dr Khurgin has been a key member of the Morton Photonics team, leading to successful reseach and development of time delay devices and linearized modulators.
Dr Khurgin has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, Brown University, UCLA, Ecole Normale (Paris), and Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), as well as a Summer Faculty at NRL, and has served as a consultant to NASA GSFC, Philips NV and a number of startups.  Dr Khurgin is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Additional highly skilled technical and management personnel provide support to MP on an as needed basis.