Department of Electrical Engineering

Electro-Optical Communication

We have a vision of a globe-spanning ubiquitous optical network, a sustainable and reliable communication infrastructure for users and devices around the world.

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Our goal: virtually unlimited bandwidth without congestion, anytime, anywhere, for any service

Our research vision requires ultra-broadband, ultra-long-reach transmission links, fully-transparent, ultra-fast nodes for routing signal streams, flexible, high-density optical interconnect solutions and high-capacity links – including wireless links – to the end user. It also necessitates functions for autonomously mapping users’ location and service requirements to the network’s resources. Sustainability is a leading theme in our research.

Optical communication, based on optical fiber and free-space optical beams, is the technology that can make this vision a reality. It is the technology underlying the explosion of bandwidth and bandwidth-related services that we now all take for granted and which enables us to connect users, homes, cities, countries and continents to form the physical layer for the World Wide Web.

'Alternative hardware for artificial intelligence'

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The exponential increase in data traffic is becoming unsustainable. At the present pace, information technologies will soon be responsible for more than 10% of global electricity consumption. Photonics – the technology that uses light to carry information – can come to the rescue, by providing low-energy, high-speed data transmission throughout the internet and within data centers. Additionally, photonics can enable novel applications of light in sensing and computing, with large potential impact on healthcare, agro-food and smart mobility. However, these promises can only be realized if increasingly complex photonic chips can be produced at a low cost. TU/e performs fundamental and applied research aimed at making this dream come true.

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Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute

By bringing together photonics, electronics and quantum technology, Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) drives exponential computing, communication and sensing technologies, to enable a sustainable information society.


The High Capacity Optical Transmission Lab facilitates research on innovative optical fibers and signal processing techniques to enable transmission of ultra-high capacity.

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The Optical Networks Lab commands unique testing facilities specifically required for testing optical interconnect modules.


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In practically all our research projects there are ample opportunities to do your Bachelor's or Master's projects. For a current overview, please have a look at the links to the TU/e marketplace. For more detailed information or an appointment, please contact the secretary: 

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