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.Read more
Meet some of our Researchers
Jos van der Tol
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.
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 centers.
Optical imaging has huge potential to address unmet clinical needs by combining non-invasive and real-time capture of biomedical information, thus enabling earlier onset of treatment.
Integrates high performance technologies from buried hetero structures and selective area growth to radio frequency lines into the generic platform.
Enables the miniaturization and efficiency enhancements for components on the indium phosphide membrane on silicon platform.
Merging Electronics and Micro & Nanophotonics in Integrated Systems enables innovations in generic technology at the building block level.
Provides the full range of assembly and integration technologies needed to package these multi functional PIC devices, across all stages of manufacturing – from prototyping to medium scale manufacture.
The prime objective of EU-supported service PICs4All is to increase the impact of Integrated Photonics and enable access to advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits.
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Reflecting AWG by using photonic crystal reflector on Indium-phosphide membrane on silicon platformIEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2019)
Foundry photonic process extension with bandgap tuning using selective area growthIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2019)
Toward a feedback-insensitive semiconductor laserIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2019)
Past, present, and future of InP-based photonic integrationAPL Photonics (2019)
Steady-state analysis of the effects of residual amplitude modulation of InP-based Integrated phase modulators in Pound-Drever-Hall frequency StabilizationIEEE Photonics Journal (2019)