Integrated Optical Sciences
Biomolecules and nanostructures
The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale.
We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call
active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with
biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente
University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the
Integrated Waveguide Amplifiers for Optical Interconnects (IWAOI)
The increasing bandwidth requirements and interconnect data rates require use of optics for data transport at ever smaller distances. Currently, the biggest obstacles in the commercialisation of optical backplane technology for high performance computing devices are performance and cost considerations. High optical losses in optical interconnects due to materials, signal routing, and input/output coupling give rise to limited performance.
The research project targets the development of optical waveguide amplifiers based on rare-earth-ion doped amorphous Al2O3 as well as potassium yttrium double tungstate (KYW). We aim at investigating and developing optical amplifiers operating at 850 nm, 1000 nm and 1550 nm wavelengths and optimise their integration into optical backplanes.