Overview of Designs Incorporating Enhanced Materials Application Area

Designs incorporating enhanced materials refer to a wide range of realized and feasible devices that would be implausible without novel capabilities afforded by their constituent materials. For NB-Photonics, a main focus of enhanced materials applications is the combination of heterogeneous integration technology and silicon photonics.

While silicon can easily realize complex photonic integrated circuits, it is not always convenient for realizing active functions such as light emission, amplification, modulation, switching and detection. Therefore NB-Photonics develops novel approaches to integrate materials better suited for these functions with silicon integrated circuits. An approach investigated intensively in NB-Photonics begins with wafer or die bonding of III-V epitaxial layers on silicon. After substrate removal, these are then processed to highly efficient lasers, detectors or modulators. Other materials being integrated include colloidal quantum dots, epitaxially grown InP based materials, graphene, ITO and different kinds of electro-optical materials. A wide number of applications in areas such as signal processing are permissable with these enhanced materials.

Technology Platform Links

Technology platforms that facilitate designs incorporating enhanced materials directly include Luminescent materialss, Quantum Dots, Nanocoatings, Photonic integration and silicon photonics, and Polymers.

Research Theme Links

Research themes in which the programs produce essential knowledge for designs incorporating enhanced materials include advanced photonic materials, photonic integration and nano-technologies, and energy efficiency.

NB-Photonics member expertise

Detailed information on the listed experts can be found on the who we are page.

Roel Baets
Jeroen Beeckmans
Filip Beunis
Christophe Detavenier
Peter Dubrel
Zeger Hens
Geert Mortier
Kristiaan Neyts
Dirk Poelman
Gunther Roelkens
Philippe Smet
Geert Van Steenberge