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Ir. Aladdin Al Haffar  (Doctoral Researcher)

This person is working in this group since 2022.
Affiliation: Ghent University - imec
Department of Information Technology
Address: Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 126
5th floor
9052 Gent
Office: iGent, Office 150.011
ORCID: 0000-0001-7078-3248
LinkedIn: aladdin-alhaffar
Research Area: Computing Hardware, Photonic Circuit Design, Programmable Photonics
Promotors: Wim Bogaerts and Umar Khan
AladdinAl Haffar
Aladdin Al Haffar is a PhD researcher in the Photonics Research Group of Gent University and IMEC. His research interests are stemming from the exploitation of photonics as computation hardware. Thus, he is interested in photonic circuits design and programmable photonics.

He got his B.Sc. in physics and a M.Sc. in laser sciences and applications from Damascus University. With that knowledge his keenness for photonics cutting edge technology motivated him to pursue a second M.Sc. in photonics engineering in VUB and UGent. He was awarded the VUB scholarship for academic excellence.

His research approach follows the cycle of designing, prototyping, characterisation and validation. As a result, he conduct theoretical till experimental research. His earlier theses titles are:
1-Optical data encryption employing spatial light modulator (SLM) and parallel simulation of its operations using general purpose graphic processing unit.
2-Two-photon polymerization-based 3D nano-printing of diffractive optical elements for fiber optic applications.

The title of his recently-initiated PhD project is "Programmable wavelength filters in general-purpose photonic processors". In this PhD project he is developing programmable wavelengths filters in a multifunctional photonic processor. This technology combines photonic chips, electronics and software to operate a waveguide mesh where the flow of light can be adjusted during its operation. He is developing different techniques algorithms and simulations up to experimental demonstrations on photonic chips.

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