Characterization of advanced optical materials for integrated photonics

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Take part in the development of next generation integrated photonic sensors

Integrated photonics is an emerging field gathering a serious attention from academy and industry. Fundamental benefits of light over electrons open great opportunities to implement integrated photonics in cutting-edge applications. Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology inherited rich experience and fabrication facilities of microelectronic industry, so photonic chips are already commercially available as miniature sensors for autonomous cars, high-speed optical communication engines, advanced medical analysis and imaging platform, and many others. To fully exploit PIC potential, some advanced optical materials need to be introduced into developed platform. The goal of this work is to characterize performance of novel complex photonic devices based on advanced optical materials.

By introducing advanced optical materials we want to implement specific functions to our SiN photonics platform developed at imec. These functions are electro-optical phase shifting for light modulation and light isolation (analogue to diode in electronics). Both functions are crucial for efficient PIC performance.


Expected duties:

20% literature review, 50% experimental work, 30% data analysis

  • Assistance in photonic chip measurements (fiber-chip-fiber optical transmission, C-V and I-V 2-point electrical measurements)
  • Analysis of material characterization data (refractive index, optical absorption, crystallinity, etc)
  • Evaluation of optical loss introduced by advanced material integration (Graphene, YIG, III-V's, etc)
  • Derivation of specific figures of merits for devices under research (phase shifter voltage per π shift, isolator efficiency, etc)


What we offer:

  • Work together with experienced specialists
  • Laboratories with state-of-the-art measurement equipment
  • Publication in IEEE, OSA journals
  • Thorough supervision and support​

Type of project: Internship

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Science, Master of Engineering Science

Required background: Materials Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Physics

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Aleksandrs Marinins (

Imec allowance will be provided

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