Department of Electrical Engineering

Photonic Integration

Provide major contributions to photonic integration and the associated applications with a particular focus on indium phosphide technology.


Harnessing the efficiency, precision and speed of light in a photonic chip

Photonics is a rapidly growing field where the total market volume is comparable to the market of electronics, and growing even faster. Whereas integrated circuits are already dominant technologies in the field of electronics, photonic integration is still taking off. It is a critical enabler for the modern internet and is poised to enable new forms of sensing and imaging. The Photonics Integration (PhI) group performs leading edge research into indium phosphide semiconductor based technology for photonic integration and its applications. This develops along three research lines listed below ('read more') and involves a number of national and international research projects. Our group offers opportunities for Master and PhD students to do leading-edge research on advanced photonic ICs and technology, and to prepare for a job in a variety of high-tech companies that use photonics, semiconductor technologies, and/or photonic integrated circuits in their products. You might even think to start your own business in this rapidly growing field. 


Veni grant for Weiming Yao

July 16, 2019

Light up the brain: accelerating AI research with Integrated Photonics

Light up Artificial Intelligence impacts many areas of our modern lives. Neural networks play a key role but computation with electronic hardware is time and energy consuming. Weiming Yao investigates how artificial neurons can be realized in integrated photonics, possibly leading to faster and more efficient hardware for neural computation.

Meet some of our Researchers



PostDoc and PhD on photonic integrated circuits for LiDAR sensors (2 positions) (V36.4072)

All scientific as well as non-scientific vacancies are centrally cataloged by the Electrical Engineering department and can be found here.


The Photonic Integration group is partnering with industry and start-ups to provide commercial access to leading edge technologies. Our main partners are:

ACTPHAST (Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion Solutions and Technology Support) is a unique 'one-stop-shop' for supporting photonics innovation by European companies, which is financially supported by the European Commission under the FP7 framework (Grant Agreement No. 619205). ACTPHAST supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe's leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST Partners), enabling companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. There are 23 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST Partners. JePPIX participates in ACTPHAST to enable open access to Europe's InP photonic integration capability. More information about ACTPHAST can be found in this video.

EFFECT Photonics (founded in 2010) delivers highly integrated optical communications products based on its Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical System-on-Chip technology.

JePPIX (Joint European Platform for Photonic Integrated Components and Circuits) is partnering with Europe's key players in the field of photonic integration to provide access to advanced photonic integrated circuits. More information about JePPIX can be found in this video 

SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute. It allows for fast prototyping and low cost development without compromising performance and functionality. SMART Photonics is the worlds first foundry to commercially offer MPW services on InP. 




The NanoLab@TU/e offers a unique combination of equipment for developing optical chips and other applications based on compound semiconductor technology.

The cleanroom at the NanoLab@TU/e offers a combination of equipment that is available nowhere else in the academic world. Here, optical chips based on semiconductive indium phosphide can be fabricated, from substrate right through to the end product.

The NanoLab@TU/e is an open-access research laboratory, in which both TU/e and other research centers and industrial parties conduct research. This approach ensures that insights and understanding acquired through fundamental research quickly find their way into industry.



Student Opportunities

Projects are offered in the Bachelor College, Graduate School and also within the framework of the EU Erasmus program.
For more information please contact: Prof.dr. K.A. Williams