Overview of Photonic Integration and Nano-technologies Research Theme

Photonic integration and nano-technologies are based around increasingly exploiting light rather than electrons to perform a wide variety of functions. For example, processing of current communications is mainly achieved using microelectronic chips but transmission, especially for long distances, now takes place via optical links.

Recent developments in nanostructures, metamaterials, and silicon technologies have expanded the range of possible functionalities for highly integrated optical chips. This can address many of today’s challenges such as the need for better diagnostic tools for improved healthcare, or superior chemical and gas sensors. Furthermore, microelectronics, photonics, and nanotechnology have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy sources by increasing the efficiency of solar energy conversion. Materials, devices, and integrated systems are the foundation to creating the enabling technologies that can address these important, multi-disciplinary challenges.

Research advances can unlock technologies that turn nanophotonics into a major area of commercial development through applications in telecommunications, computing, security and sensing. Nano-integrated photonic modulation devices and sensors are the components of a new generation of products and services.

NB-Photonics has a research focus on new concepts for photonic integrated devices and circuits and on the associated technologies and design methodologies. This includes passive and active waveguide-based photonic components, based on CMOS-compatible materials and processes as well as hybrid approaches combining silicon with other functional materials. The activities are associated with the telecom wavelength of 1.55 micrometer as well as expanding to longer wavelengths (mid-IR) and shorter wavelengths (visible).

The productive research activities at NB-Photonics provide the foundation for consequent progress to applications.

Technology Platform Links

Photonic integration and nano-technologies use many technology platforms to fully leverage on the benefits offered by key advances in the research area. These technology platforms include quantum dots, nanocoatings, photonic integration and silicon photonics, polymers, displays, and biophotonics.

Application Links

Advances in photonic integration and nano-technologies will impact many areas. Chief among these areas are energy and lighting, sensors, communications, and medical.

NB-Photonics member expertise

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

Roel Baets
Peter Bienstman
Wim Bogaerts
Kevin Braeckmans
Nicolas Le Thomas
Geert Mortier
Kristiaan Neyts
Gunther Roelkins
Geert Van Steenberge
Dries Van Thourhaut