Transparent metamaterials made by photolithography for 3D displays

Leuven - Master projects/internships
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Towards 3D video holography - the next generation of display technology

Holography creates true 3D imaging by illuminating a sub-wavelength patterned structure. While static holograms are established since decades, video rate holography has not been realized due to very challenging resolution and bandwidth requirements. However, the ever-evolving silicon industry has made it plausible to target both requirements. The proposed Master thesis topic is making use of state-of-the-art semiconductor technology in realizing real 3D video projection.


In detail, this master thesis topic revolves around a metamaterial cladding to modulate light on a subwavelength scale in an attached waveguide. This thesis will form a first step in the experimental realization of such a metamaterial by investigating the optical and electrical material parameters in dependence of different process conditions and parameters. The work will focus on material growth (sputtering and PECVD) of transparent layers such as ITO, IGZO, SiO2 and Si3N4, photolithography and characterization of the created structures by AFM and ellipsometry.


You are going to join an interdisciplinary and multicultural team of highly skilled scientists and engineers that make the impossible possible. We offer you the opportunity to make your next career step by working in one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

You can expect from us a thorough training at the start of your job. We teach you how to work with the advanced algorithms and equipment available at imec.
We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility.

Type of project: Internship, Thesis

Duration: minimum 6 months

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: Guillaume Croes (

Only for self-supporting students

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