Funding Projects

PAI VII/35
Photonics@be micro-, nano-, and quantum photonics




1/01/2012-31/12/2016 - 9 partners
  • Funding agency: Federal (Belgian Science Policy)

  • Coordinator(s): ULB (Brussels, Belgium)

  • Department Contribution:

  • Administrative responsible(s): P. Mégret; M. Mura;

  • Scientific responsible(s): M. Wuilpart; A. A. Fotiadi;

  • Related UMONS Cluster(s): Cluster TI;

  • Summary of the project: The European Commission has acknowledged the importance of Photonics by identifying it as one of five Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)1 for Europe, next to Nanotechnology, Micro- and Nanoelectronics, Advanced materials and Biotechnology. Photonics is an enabling technology for a wide diversity of markets: communications and information technology, energy, health care, lighting and displays, smart sensing and metrology, manufacturing tools. The present project photonics@be: towards smart photonics in 2020 embodies the Belgian network that will contribute to Europe’s ambitious goals in the field of photonics. This network is the prolongation of the highly successful project photonics@be: micro-, nano- and quantum-photonics2. It brings together all the leading groups in photonics in Belgium, spanning a large pool of expertise ranging from development of novel materials and cutting edge fabrication technologies, to advanced component design and measurement, all the way to complete systems. This technological expertise is supported by a strong background in foundational science ranging from quantum information theory, quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamical physics systems, to neural networks and machine learning. For the current proposal, we aim to focus this diverse expertise in the direction of what is called “smart photonics”. What a smart photonic system does is implementing a relatively unique or sophisticated function with limited consumption of energy and material resources. Smart photonics will be achieved for instance by combining state-of-the-art materials as to provide unprecedented functionalities, by integrating these materials at the chip level to reduce footprint and energy consumption, by putting together these new components to produce light sources or measurement devices with unprecedented performance, and by combining all these resources into new systems with original architectures. Smart photonics will provide the increased performance at the component, device and system level required to respond to the challenges of the coming decade. The partners in this network have developed state-of-the-art fabrication technologies, ranging from a Silicon on Insulator (SOI) fabrication platform (in collaboration with imec), a foundry-like platform for InP integrated devices, an advanced polymer prototyping line, a Fiber Bragg Grating writing platform, a fiber drawing tower, a quantum dot synthesis laboratory. The future development of these technology platforms is not by itself part of the present project as past experience has shown that these activities are not easily amenable to collaborative research. However these fabrication platforms will be made accessible to all members of the project. As such they constitute the backbone on which the collaborative work packages are built.

  • 5 relevant Publications
    • M. Cen, J. Chen, V. Moeyaert, P. Mégret, M. Wuilpart,
      'Multi-wavelength transmission-reflection analysis for fiber monitoring',
      Optics Express, vol. 22, n. 25, pp. 31248-31262, 2014 (2014/12/31).

    • P. Tihon, O. Verlinden, P. Mégret, M. Wuilpart,
      'Real-time measurement of dynamic accelerations with optical-fiber accelerometer based on a polarization analysis',
      Applied Optics, vol. 53, n. 22, pp. 5029-5036, 2014 (2014/07/28).

    • J. Pilate, J.-M. Renoirt, C. Caucheteur, J.-M. Raquez, F. Meyer, P. Mégret, P. Dubois, P. Damman,
      'Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings as new sensing device for in situ and real time monitoring of surface-initiated polymerization',
      Polym. Chem., 2013 (2013/12/16).

    • C.E. Preda, P. Mégret,
      'Parameters estimation for passively all-fiber Q-switched erbium- and samarium-doped laser',
      Optics Communications, vol. , pp. 241-245, 2013 (2013/01/04). (Impact Factor: ~1,486)

    • V. V. Spirin, C.A. Lopez-Mercado, D. Kinet, P. Mégret, I. Zolotovskii, A. A. Fotiadi,
      'A single-longitudinal-mode Brillouin fiber laser passively stabilized at the pump resonance frequency with a dynamic population inversion grating',
      Laser Physics, vol. 10, n. 1, pp. 015102-, 2013 (2013/01/01). (Impact Factor: ~3,605)


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