Emerging Applications for Photonic Integration Circuits (PIC)

by Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Professor Terahertz Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology

The goal of the talk is to introduce the merging new area of products and solutions where photonic integration technologies are very well suited such as in agro-food technologies, infrastructural monitoring, THz detection of fake medicines, safe medical scanning and beyond 5G wireless communications.

Thereafter, the talk explains why and how photonic integration is essential for bringing to the mass market these new technologies. Finally, the talk makes a bridge between the research trends, the product development, and the potential and opportunities for the Dutch photonic integration eco-system.

program: https://www.phiconference.com/program/

Interview

What drives you?
The fascination for contributing to solve grand societal challenges thought technology developments made possible by multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
A number of challenges in areas such as agro-technologies, sensing, data transmission can be solved more efficiently by incorporating photonics. Without going deep into the technology itself the presentation expose how photonic integrated technologies are promising candidate for such new applications.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Applications in sensing such as for agro-technologies, food safety, and the support for the mass deployment of 5G networks.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Lower cost solutions with increased impact of efficiency and easier deployment such as real-time and non-destructive analysis of materials, food, medicine and related.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Relatively high level of initial investment for the manufacturing and production scaling of PIC technologies.

“Special quote”
Photonic integrated circuits are in the brink of a reaching a technology readiness level that will revolutionize product development for data transmission, healthcare, sensing and many other solutions making use of light-based technologies.

About Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is since July 2017, Professor in photonic Terahertz systems at the department of Electrical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology, and since November 2018 director of the Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC).

He coordinates the 5G PPP BLUESPACE project on technologies for 5G wireless systems and the ITN CELTA project with 15 PhD students working convergence of electronics and photonics technologies for applications such as THz communications, sensing and imaging.

His research interests are in the area photonics technologies for Terahertz systems, converged electronic-photonic integrated circuits for applications in secure communications, sensing and computing. He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 22 PhD students. He is co-founder of the start-up Bifrost Communications on optical fiber access solutions.

About Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e educates students and advances knowledge in science & technology for the benefit of humanity. We integrate education and research to enable our students and scientists to become thought leaders and to design and achieve the unimaginable. In close collaboration with our public and private partners, we translate our basic research into meaningful solutions.

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