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Work packages

Latest update : 22 February 2013.

The activities of the network are organized around different themes. Different members of the different groups will be part of a given work package. There are five work packages in IAP 7-35:
WP1 : Hybrid materials for smart photonic devices (Coordinators : Zeger HENS and Jeroen BEECKMAN)
WP2 : Smart light sources (Coordinators : Bjorn MAES and Marc WUILPART)
WP3 : Downscaling photonics (Coordinators : Dries VAN THOURHOUT and Jürgen VAN ERPS)
WP4 : Smart light processing (Coordinators : Pascal KOCKAERT and Gregory KOZYREFF)
WP5 : Novel computing paradigms (Coordinators : Joni DAMBRE and Jan DANCKAERT)

Articles in this section

  • WP1: Hybrid materials for smart photonic devices

    22 February 2013, by Alexandra Peereboom

    Work package 1 – Hybrid materials for smart photonic devices The main objective of this work package is the development of novel photonic materials that underlie the smart photonic devices envisaged in this project. The basic philosophy followed to enhance device functionality is that we combine established technology platforms with new materials. The IAP consortium has an extensive range of such platforms (integrated photonics, plastic p prototyping, optical fibres, …) and materials (...)

  • WP2: Smart light souces

    22 February 2013, by Alexandra Peereboom

    In this work package we target new functionalities and superior performance characteristics of light sources. We focus on fundamental studies and new source designs for both chip-scale and fiber-based systems. The incorporation of new complex materials allows to strongly increase the wavelength-range or the versatility of these devices. Novel architectures beyond the state-of-the-art are developed by building upon the technology platforms of the partners, such as quantum dots, liquid (...)

  • WP3 : Downscalling photonics

    22 February 2013, by Alexandra Peereboom

    There is a continuous push towards downscaling optical devices and optical systems, so as to reduce footprint and fabrication costs, while simultaneously obtaining increased reliability and stability. Here we will target two emerging application areas where downscaling may be extremely beneficial, namely optical sensing and quantum optics, and the devices needed to make them possible.
    3.1 Microsources based on novel light emitting materials. One of the most critical parts in both (...)

  • WP4: Smart light processing

    22 February 2013, by Alexandra Peereboom

    Nowadays, heat dissipation is one of the main limiting factors on the performance of large telecommunication systems. The evolution towards all-optical data processing opens up the striking possibility to get rid of cooling systems in telecom networks. This quest towards unprecedented performances brings with it new challenges, such as storing light to process packet-based optical traffic or cascading low power devices in photonics integrated circuits. Motivated by these contemporary (...)

  • WP5 : Novel computing paradigms

    22 February 2013, by Alexandra Peereboom

    Here, we target efficient (high speed or low power) analogue photonic or optoelectronic-computing systems based on the concept of reservoir computing (RC). This bio-inspired computing paradigm offers a framework to exploit the dynamics of analogue nonlinear dynamical systems directly for performing useful computation. It has been demonstrated to have state-of-the-art performance for a range of tasks that are notoriously hard to solve by algorithmic approaches, e.g., speech and pattern (...)