Overview of Sensors Application Area

Sensors represent an area of great progress for NB-Photonics. One focus point is photonic integrated circuits for functionality with visible and near IR wavelengths (typically between 500 and 1000 nm), which is a range of particular interest for biological media and can take advantage of the relatively mature light source and detector technologies. The activities encompass passive devices, light source integration, nonlinear optical devices and applications in spectroscopy (Raman spectroscopy in particular).

NB-Photonics also has seen development in lab-on-a-chip label-free biosensors, in which nanophotonic devices are used to create biosensors for proteins and DNA, for a variety of applications in diagnostics, drug discovery and food safety. These sensors can be fabricated using classical electronics mass-fabrication procedures, which makes them very cheap. Moreover, many sensors can be integrated on the same chip, such that one chip can detect many biomolecules at the same time. This is interesting for lab-on-a-chip applications such as disease detection in the developing world.

Technology Platform Links

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

Research Theme Links

Research themes in which the programs produce essential knowledge for sensors include photonic integration and nano-technologies, theranostics, spectroscopy and sensing, and single-photon sources and detections.

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
Peter Bienstman
Christophe Detavenier
Geert Mortier
Kristiaan Neyts
Gunther Roelkens
Geert Van Steenberge