Photonic Integrated Circuits – opportunities for optical wireless communication

I will first present an introduction in the field of photonic integration, i.e., the various available technologies and functionalities. Then I will discuss some selected cases where photonic integrated circuits can play a role in optical wireless communications. Presented by Martijn Heck, Professor Eindhoven University of Technology / Scientific Director Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute.

2025, 5th edition

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Martijn is driven by the fact that communication and computing are two of the most important so-called exponential technologies, growing in capacity and performance with 10x to 30x per decade. These technologies are bound to change our lives, as they have already done. I’m interested in the underlying technology trends, and specifically the role that photonics can play here.

This is all based on the fact that he believes that the most emerging technologies / trends are the Heterogeneous integration of electronics and photonics.

About Martijn Heck
Martijn Heck has a PhD in electrical engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of photonic integration, where he is currently a full professor (since 2020) and the Scientific Director of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (since 2021). Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Free University of Amsterdam (2008-2009) and the University of California Santa Barbara, US (2009 – 2013), and an Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark (2013 – 2020). His research is focused on photonic integration, from technology development, including heterogeneous integration techniques, to applications in sensors, microwave and terahertz photonics, quantum technology and chip-to-chip and on-chip interconnects.

About Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology
We live in the era of information. Data is everywhere and everything is data. We want to be connected and we want things to work faster and for our information to be safe. The future of our information society is driven by exponential technologies in computing, communication and sensing. This trend will continue and will increasingly impact our lives and society for the better. At the same time, we are dealing with a global energy crisis. Without doing anything these fast-growing technologies will demand enormous amounts of energy. Therefore, the EHCI aims for sustainable solutions by exponentially decreasing the energy consumption of computing and communication, to enable the exponential growth of these technologies.

The Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) addresses this challenge by excelling in and through the unique synergy of two eminent research fields: the precision and speed of photonics and mind-blowing magic of quantum technology. By bringing together these technologies and working from an engineering science perspective the EHCI is uniquely able to transfer research into real-world sustainable applications. With a focus on societal needs the EHCI will drive the roadmap for these exponential technologies in computing, communication and sensing, as TU/e has already proved in integrated photonic

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Professor Martijn Heck is invited speaker at the 2023 edition of the Optical Wireless Communication Conference.