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Mar 29, 2016: Visit to Smart, Effect, and VTEC (Eindhoven)

This time students have visited the TU/e campus and Strijp-s area of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where three young and quickly developing companies are located, SMART Photonics, EFFECT Photonics and VTEC Lasers & Sensors.

About Smart Photonics
SMART Photonics B.V., located in Eindhoven, is a pure-play foundry for InP photonics semiconductors. It offers its customers an expert team with a long history and a proven track record in InP R&D and production. SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute. It allows for fast prototyping and low cost development without compromising performance and functionality. SMART Photonics is the worlds first foundry to commercially offer MPW services on InP.

About EFFECT Photonics

As a spin out of the prestigious Technical University of Eindhoven, EFFECT Photonics takes a platform approach to integration using high-yielding building blocks within the wafer. 
The company develops and delivers highly integrated optical products based on InP (Indium Phosphide) which is the material of choice for creating efficient laser light sources, waveguides, modulators, and photodiodes used in optical communication systems throughout the world.

About VTEC Lasers & Sensors

VTEC was founded in 2011 with a strategy to develop, produce and  supply semiconductors laser diodes, modules and sensor to the market with a vision to supply the customer with the best laser for their application and support them with a very fast response.

Hope to see you on our coming activities,
Student board.

 

Feb 8-9, 2016: 20th Annual Symposium (in Brussels)

The 20th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society took place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on the 8th and 9th of February 2016.

This edition was very special for two reasons:

On the symposium, we welcomed 8 invited speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Diana Huffaker, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
    Title: Patterned III-V Nanopillars: A platform for integrated optoelectronic devices”
  • Dr. Marianna Pantouvaki, IMEC, Belgium
    Title: “Beyond silicon CMOS photonics: a technology for future short distance system interconnects”
  • Prof. Dr Sylvie Lebrun, Université Paris Sud, France
    Title: “Wavelength converters for biophotonic applications”
  • Prof. Dr Hugues de Riedmatten, ICFO, Spain
    Title: “Photonic Quantum Memories for Quantum Information Networks”
  • Prof. Dr Brian Culshaw, Strathclyde Engineering Faculty, Glasgow, UK
    Title: “Optical fibre sensing - where might it lead?
  • Prof. Dr Michel Joindot, ENSSAT, France
    Title: “Optical Communications: a key technology for telecommunication networks. History, present and possible future
  • Prof. Dr Cees Ronda, Philips, Germany
    Title: “Lighting research: a historical perspective”
  • Prof. Dr Orazio Svelto, Polytechnic Institute Milan, Italy
    Title: “The laser: a bright solution looking for a problem


The winners of the poster prize were Cedric Noordam from the MESA+ Institute for nanotechnology, University of Twente and Netsanet Tessema of COBRA Research Institute of Eindhoven University of Technology. Congratulations!

Poster Cedric Noordam Poster Netsanet Tessema
Cedric Noordam Netsanet Tessema
 

Feb 8, 2016: Pre-symposium social activity

The student board kindly invites you to their social event: A discovery of Belgian beers in the reknown brewery of Cantillon http://www.cantillon.be/br/3_1.

According to their website, Cantillon is a time machine. Since the 1900’s, it has been a home to several famous beers such Lambik, Geuze, Faro and Kriek, a home which has been preserved with care and which still produces excellent beers until this day. Those who join the tour will enjoy a guided beer tasting followed by a walk through the centre of Brussels.

If you have any quesitons please do not hesitate and send a mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hoping to see you all in Brussels,

With kind regards,
The student board.

 

Sep 25, 2015: Visit at imec (Leuven)

On September 25 the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter visited imec in Leuven, Belgium. imec is the leading research institute in nanoelectronics. Around 20 master students and phD candidates from Dutch and Belgian jouned the tour. During the visit we had few presentation about research and work at imec followed by the lab and cleanroom tour.

 

May 22, 2015: 18th Annual Workshop (in Mons)

This time the 18th IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Annual Workshop was held on May 22 at the University of Mons (UMONS).

This workshop has attracted 40 participants, and three invited speakers have presented their talks on the workshop:

  • Prof. Richard Penty, University of Cambridge, The United Kingdom
    Title: “Low-Energy Optical Switching PICs: Design, Realisation and Performance”
  • Prof. Henri Benisty, Institut Optique Graduate School, Paris Sud, France
    Title: “Functional guided photonics with parity-time symmetry concepts”
  • Dr. Claudio Otòn, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
    Title: “Optical fiber sensors: overview and recent advances”

There were 17 contributed papers from the PhD and master students. The winner of the best oral presentation was Lieve Lambrechts from VU Brussels and the best poster award was won by Mathieu Stock from the University of Mons. Congratulations!

 
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