ECO’s research is guided by our globe-spanning “ubiquitous optical ether” vision: based on optical means, we aim to create and shape a sustainable infrastructure in which users and devices can communicate reliably with virtually unlimited bandwidth, without congestion, anytime, anywhere, for any service.
This vision requires ultra-broadband ultra-long-reach transmission links, fully-transparent ultra-fast nodes for routing the signal streams, flexible high-capacity links to the end user (including mobility functions), plus functions with which the network can autonomously map the user’s location and service re-quirements to the network’s resources. Sustainability is a leading theme in our research. Optical communications is the unique technology which meets all these needs, including energy-efficiency and a future-proof infrastructure. Our research programme is structured in four tracks:
ECO is one of the main groups of the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI). Virtually everyone uses photonics. The most well-known example is for fibre-optic cable that transports data using light rather than electronic signals. Photonics is predominantly concerned with the use of light to transmit data but also for other applications such as optical sensors and LED lighting.
At the IPI ,devices that can generate, detect and manipulate light signals are integrated into photonic chips and applied in photonic systems and networks. In the future photonic chips will be incorporated in lots of devices, in our homes, in our cars and in mobile equipment. In IPI groups from Applied physics and Electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands join forces, both in education and research.