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Seminar - The rise of photonic integration: a new enabler for telecommunications

The seminar will be given by Jos van der Tol, Professor, Technical University of Eindhoven, as part of the course "Trends in Communications M."

Nov 09, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Where Room 2.7A, School of Engineering, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna

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About the speaker

Dr. Jos van der Tol received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the State University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1979 and 1985, respectively. In 1985, he joined KPN Research, where he became involved in research on integrated optical components for use in telecommunication networks. His research interest in this field have covered modelling of waveguides, design of electro-optical devices on lithium niobate, and their fabrication. Furthermore, he has been working on guided wave components on III-V semiconductor materials. He has also been active in the field of optical networks, focusing on survivability, introduction scenarios and management issues. Since July 1999, he is with the University of Technology Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where his research interests include opto-electronic integration, polarization issues, photonic membranes and photonic crystals. He is the author and co-author of more than 170 publications in the fields of integrated optics and optical networks and holds 26 patent applications.



Photonic integration, analogous to the electronic integration that gave us the information society, is expected to change the world. In this seminar this upcoming technology is explained, its potential highlighted and its limitations discussed. This will be mostly, but not exclusively, done against the background of the growing needs in telecommunication. Attention will be given to both the current status, as well as recent advances in photonic integration itself. Furthermore, the latest developments in Eindhoven, one of the hotspots of photonic integration, will be described. And finally it will be shown how to get your own photonic integrated chips realized, at affordable costs!