Motivation and context
Photonics is regarded as a key enabling technology by the European Commission and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is accelerated through Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). The photonic integration research group (PhI) at TU/e has pioneered the concept of generic photonic integration platforms and continues to engage in research and development activities to extend the capabilities of such platforms based on the InP material system. It coordinates JePPIX, the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits, and works together with Europe's main players in the photonic integration industry to provide access to this technology and enhance existing platforms.
Together with our partners, we aim to extend the InP platform capabilities with components for polarization manipulation and will initiate this activity in a soon to start European project which focuses on InP PICs for next-generation metro and access networks. We are looking for a PhD candidate that is eager to take this opportunity and perform innovative research on integrated polarization handling components. The candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with project partners involving well-known knowledge institutes and companies within the PIC industry.
We are looking for a PhD candidate for the duration of 4 years. The candidate is expected to explore novel methods and designs for integrated polarization converters and phase shifters and realize those in generic InP PIC platforms. In addition, the candidate shall investigate new functions that are enabled by these basic components, in particular for coherent receiver applications.
Possible research questions that shall be addressed are:
 Dzibrou, D.O., Tol, J.J.G.M. van der & Smit, M.K. (2013). “Tolerant polarization converter for InGaAsP-InP photonic
integrated circuits”. Optics Letters, 38(18), 3482-3484.
 Tol, J.J.G.M. van der, Felicetti, M. & Smit, M.K. (2012). “Increasing tolerance in passive integrated optical polarization converters”. J. Lightwave Technology, 30(17), 2884-2889
 L. M. Augustin et al., “InP-Based Generic Foundry Platform for Photonic Integrated Circuits,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 1–10, Jan. 2018, doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2017.2720967
Why you should apply
This PhD position offers you an exciting work environment where you can frequently interact with our local and international colleagues who all constitute to a vibrant, young and dynamic research community, the Photonic Integration group. Furthermore, you will be able to work together with some of the pioneers and experts of photonic integration technology and benefit from a vast network that we have built within the PIC community. The research group is tightly connected to industrial collaborators such as design houses and foundries and has a track record in bringing research outcome to commercialization with direct industrial and societal impact. In addition, you will have access to a state-of-the art cleanroom with up-to-date manufacturing equipment and modern characterization and lab facilities. Finally, working on a H2020 project provides further means to network and collaborate between institutions on a European level.
Department and Institute embedding
The department of electrical engineering holds multiple capacity groups that relate to photonic integration technology and offers many possibilities for exploration of novel ideas and the initiation of new collaborations. In addition, the Institute for Photonic Integration, a joint institute with the department of Applied Physics, connects all photonic researchers and actively promotes interdisciplinary thinking, providing an ideal environment for cross-collaborations.
We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr. J.J.G.M. van der Tol, j.j.g.m.v.d.tol[at]tue.nl or dr. Weiming Yao, w.yao[at]tue.nl.
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