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.
Our Research Tracks
High Capacity Optical Transmission
Low Latency Interconnect Networks
Optical Access and Indoor Networks
Advanced Network Management and Control
Terahertz Photonic Systems
Terahertz waves have unique fundamental features for a wide range of applications, which are emerging at increasing pace not only in the…
LIGHT: THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT FOR FUTURE TECHNOLOGY
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.
Meet some of our Researchers
Henrie van den Boom
Menno van den Hout
Hugo de Waardt
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Parallel Photonic Convolutional Processing On-chip with Cross-connect Architecture and Cyclic AWGsIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2023)
Introducing 4D Geometric Shell Shaping for Mitigating Nonlinear Interference NoiseJournal of Lightwave Technology (2023)
Optical phase-locked loop phase noise in 5G mm-wave OFDM ARoF systemsOptics Communications (2023)
The Role of Opto-Electronic Co-Integration for 6G Systems and NetworksTelecommunications Forum (TELFOR) (2022)
System Performance Assessment of an Optical Wireless Data Center Network based on Photonic Integrated Multicast Switch48th European Conference on Optical Communication, ECOC 2022 (2022)