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Next generation light switches

Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Switching light is key for photonic technologies to help improve our daily live.

Photons are the electrons of the 21st century and the field of integrated photonics is influencing our life more and more. For instance, cloud based computing was only enabled by utilizing thumbnail photonic chips for rack to rack communications. And like electronics need transistors so do photonic circuits require continuously evolving light-switches. Meaning light switches need to become smaller, faster and more energy efficient. Currently, thermo-optical switches are the backbone of integrated circuits, however, they are as inefficient as old-school light bulbs and rely on continuously burning heat to switch light.

In this project, we will disrupt photonic circuit design by introducing novel opto-electro-mechanical switches and bring them to maturity so they will help to improve our daily lives tomorrow. Exploring this research will teach many aspects a 21st century researcher/engineer will need: ranging from the theoretical background in photonics to nanotechnological co-integration and co-design of electronic and photonic devices.

Type of project: Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 3-6months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Science, Master of Science

Required background: Physics, Electromechanical engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Christian Haffner (Christian.Haffner@imec.be) and Joris Van Campenhout (Joris.VanCampenhout@imec.be)

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university.

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