Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is accelerated though Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), which combine many optical components into a miniaturized chip format. Similar to electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society. These technologies are receiving major investments through the PhotonDelta National Growth Fund program, with multiple new positions in integrated photonics. https://www.tue.nl/en/storage/electrical-engineering/faculteit/news-and-events/news-overview/22-04-2022-photonics-sector-eindhoven-gets-major-boost-with-11-billion-euro-investment/
This is a large program involving the leading industry, research institutes and universities in the Netherlands.Environment
The positions are in the Photonic Integration Research Group, www.tue.nl/phi
which is a part of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) www.tue.nl/ehci
. Our strong supporting infrastructure of laboratories, clean room infrastructure www.tue.nl/nanolab
and technology know-how allows you to focus on your research and generate new opportunities for collaboration and growth. We believe we can only be world class if our researchers are doing well and feeling good.
The Eindhoven Brainport region, where we are located, is recognized as one of the most important regions in Europe for high-tech developments by the EU. Regional focus on specific technologies creates specific ecosystems to cooperate and commercialize technologies such as integrated photonics, high-tech systems and quantum technology.
We believe that professional development comes hand-in-hand with personal development. Therefore, you will also have access to high-quality training programs on general skills and topics related to research and valorization.
3 PhD/PD positions - Photonic integration for LiDAR sensing technologies
In recent years, the fast developments in the automotive industry towards self-driving cars have motivated a strong interest on light detection and ranging (LiDAR), which is the cornerstone technology for monitoring moving objects with high spatial resolution. These new research positions focus on fully solid-state solutions for miniaturization, performance, and wide deployment. Examples of previous work can be seen in the EU-funded NewControl project (https://www.newcontrol-project.eu/videos
), in which we achieved significant progress in InP-based PICs for LiDAR technologies, including optical phased arrays
, FMCW tunable lasers
, and high-density photonic integration
Position 1 - Integrated laser sources
The position will identify and demonstrate new laser architectures exploiting innovative modulation formats (e.g. frequency modulation continuous wave - FMCW, or random modulation continuous wave - RMCW) and also integrated polarization management and control for precise, 4-D imaging (space plus velocity). Circuits will be devised to extract the velocity of targets, which is of crucial importance in the automotive industry and methods to increase the frame-rates for imaging systems.
The work will comprise PIC design based on circuit-level simulations, circuit layout, chip characterization in the PhI optical laboratories, LiDAR transmission-detection experiments. Internal collaborations are expected with other team members, as well as external collaborations for chip manufacturing and assembly.
Position 2 - Beam-forming with large-scale optical phased arrays
The position will identify circuit and control plane architectures for the forming and scanning well-defined free space beams in space. Research questions will centre on methods and barriers for operating and scaling beyond hundreds of phase array emitters in the same integrated circuit. The optical phase arrays include both gain and phase control. Target specifications for field-of-view, angular resolution (below 0.1°), and optical power in the main beam for beyond 100 meter ranging are anticipated, and research challenges will focus primarily on aspects of control plane circuit integration, heat management and integration with module assembly methods.
The work will comprise optical phase array design based on circuit-level simulations, circuit layout, device design for proposing more efficient integrated amplifiers, and chip characterization in the optical laboratories. Internal collaborations are expected with other team members, as well as external collaborations for chip manufacturing and assembly.
Position 3 - Coherent photonic integrated receivers
The position will focus on LiDAR receiver architectures to extend the bandwidth and efficiency of coherent, free-space receiver technology. Balanced detection will be considered with both surface-illuminated circuit and end-fire illuminated architectures. Circuit designs will be developed in our cleanroom by exploiting the latest insights into precision processing. The work will comprise the development and evaluation of diverse configurations, design of devices and circuits (including co-simulation of optical and electrical characteristics, circuit layout, chip fabrication and characterization in the PhI optical laboratories. Internal collaborations are expected with other team members and research groups, as well as external collaborations for chip manufacturing and assembly.