News & Highlights:
MAR. '17 - In 2017 the European Research Council will mark its 10th anniversary, an important milestone in making Europe a global centre of excellence in research. It is time for celebrations in Brussels and all across Europe and for reflection on the past decade and on the future.
To commemorate these first ten years, the ERC announces an "ERC week" that will take place from 13 to 19 March 2017, during which national authorities and research institutions in Europe and beyond will organise various activities: talks, conferences, open days and other events, thereby engaging with the public and research
community, and supporting the work of the ERC.
EU Projects kick-off meetings
JAN. '17 - In January, the Photonics Research Group participated in a number of kick-off meetings of the following EU-funded projects:
Indigo announces successful series-A financing round DEC. '16
- Indigo Diabetes nv (Indigo), a spin-off from Ghent University (UGent) and imec, today announces the successful closure of a 7 million Euros series-A financing round. The funding is provided by an international investment syndicate led by Thuja Capital Healthcare Fund II (The Netherlands) and PMV (Belgium), and includes Sensinnovat, Parana Management Corp, Qbic Arkiv Fund, Fidimec, SOFI, Manuardeo and Capricorn ICT Arkiv as co-investors. This financing success will fuel the company’s development towards measuring and managing blood glucose levels without the need for finger pricks.
Prof. Wim Bogaerts receives prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant DEC. '16
- Wim Bogaerts has received a prestigious Consolidator Grant, worth about 2 million euros, from the European Research Council.
These fellowships allow young researchers to carry out frontier research over five years to develop their own research team.
The European Research Council ERC is part of the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, and next year celebrates its tenth anniversary.
IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter 21st Annual Symposium NOV. '16
- The 21st Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter was hosted by Ghent University on November 17-18 2016. Over 140 participants from UGent, VUB, ULB, UMons, TU/e, TU/Delft, Twente Uni, KUL, imec, VU Amsterdam attended the 2-day symposium. Plenary talks were given by Prof. Eli Kapon (EPFL, Switzerland), Dr. Jeroen Koelemeij (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
, Dr. Chris Broderick (University of Bristol, U.K.) and Prof. Guy Millot (University of Bourgogne, France). The Symposium was preceded by a sightseeing tour through the historic centre of Ghent and a "Women in Photonics" event.
Besides the plenary talks, two poster sessions were held and 6 parallel oral presentation sessions. Best Poster Awards were awarded to Médéric Loyez (UMons) and to Suzanne Bisschop (UGent).
Taiwan's Photonics Delegation visits UGent OCT. '16
- A strong Taiwanese Photonics Delegation visits Ghent University with the aim of fostering research collaborations. Through the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium, professors from National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Hsing University, National Chiao Tung University, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences and National Sun Yat-sen University had a fruitful meeting with both professors from the Photonics Research Group as well as from the Centre for Microsystems Technology.
Quantum spin-off project OCT. '16
- Belgian final year highschool-students from Sint-Bavohumaniora (Ghent) visit Photonics Research Group and cleanroom in the framework of the Quantum spin-off project. The aim of the Quantum spin-off project is to connect Schools with high-tech research and entrepreneurship.
The students have visited our research lab and the cleanroom where they performed photolithography to pattern a logo on a silicon chip. Their next step is to think about an application area and product in the field of silicon photonics.
European Optical Society Fellow 2016 SEP. '16
- Prof. Roel Baets has been elected a 2016 Fellow Member of the European Optical Society (EOS) for his contributions to the field of integrated photonics and its applications in telecommunication and life science as well as for leadership in the European integrated photonics community.
Silicon Photonics Summer School 2016 AUG. '16
- In the framework of the EU plat4M project and in collaboration with ePIXfab, the Photonics Research Group has organzed a Silicon Photonics Summer School
for the second time. After a very successful 2014 edition, we were
pleased to have a full crowd this year as well. The
School included a total of 23 lecture hours, two poster sessions and a full-day hands-on design skill session. Over 40 universities, research institutes or companies were present to learn all there is to know about Silicon Photonics, from the very basics to industrial lectures and some current 'hot' topics were covered. Part of the School was publicly livestreamed and reached over
150 participants worldwide. All info regarding the School can be found on
Photonics Research Group prominent at CLEO conference 2016 JUN. '16
- At the CLEO:2016 Conference in San José (US), the Photonics
Research Groups presents 12 papers, including a post-deadline paper from
Weiqiang Xie. Besides the papers, some posters are presented as well and
Prof. Baets will give an invited tutorial lecture on Photon-Phonon
interaction with high contrast waveguides.
Photonics PhD-students scoop
awards MAY. '16
- An overview of the prizes won by our PhD-students this month:
Raith Voyager e-beam lithography system MAY. '16
- This month, a state-of-the-art and high-performance
instrument, Raith Voyager Electron-Beam Nanolithography System has now
been installed in the UGent Cleanroom. The tool with a 50kV
electron-beam column, less than 2.5 nm beam size and 50 MHz pattern
generator can pattern features down to 10 nm or smaller over large areas
in the millimeter and centimeter range and can provide a pattern
placement accuracy of sub-10 nm. The e-beam has been purchased with
funding from the Flemish Government Hercules foundation (now FWO -
Research Foundation Flanders).
Photonics Research Group moves to new building MAR. '16
- As of March 2016, the Photonics Research Group has moved to a brand
new university building, the iGent tower at the Tech Lane Ghent Science
Park at the
outskirts of Ghent. The cleanrooms are at the same Science Park, just
100 meters away from the iGent tower. The other research groups from the
INTEC and ELIS dept. have moved as well which will enhance and stimulate
Invited paper at
Photonics West 'Isipp-200: a silicon photonics platform supporting
optical data rates beyond 50Gb/s' FEB. '16
- Silicon photonics has been selected by a growing number of industrial players to develop their next generation transceivers, typically towards 100GbE based on various 4x25Gb/s architectures. Future systems will aim at 400GbE relying on 8x50Gb/s architectures for instance. To support this bandwidth scaling imec has developed a single-chip silicon photonics solution capable of data rates at 50Gb/s and beyond. In this paper we will review the key building blocks of imec’s 200mm silicon photonics platform (ISIPP200) technology that enable modulation and detection at such data rates.
Photonics Research Group participates in
two EU Horizon 2020 Pilot Line projects JAN. '16
- The Photonics Research Group is a partner (through its association with imec) of two newly starting
European Horizon2020 Pilot Line projects. These Pilot Lines aim to create advanced technology platforms that are openly accessible to European industry and academia.