This interview focuses on some of the demanding challenges in The Connected World. Today’s data traffic is already nudging the physical limits of contemporary microelectronics. Data centers around the globe currently devour more than three percent of the total power generated in the world and this voracious use of power is predicted to rise to double figures if we fail to tackle the problem.
Photonics – the technology that uses light instead of electrons to carry information – is the answer. We talk to three key employees associated with TU/e’s Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI). They are PhD candidate John van Weerdenburg (Electro-optical communications), Associate Professor Oded Raz (Electro-optical communication group) and Professor Jaime Gómez Rivas (Photonics and semiconductor nanophysics group).