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Volume 7, Issue 1-2


Monolithic photonic integration for visible and short near-infrared wavelengths: technologies and platforms for bio and life science applications

Marco A.G. Porcel / Iñigo Artundo / J. David Domenech / Douwe Geuzebroek / Rino Sunarto / Romano Hoofman
Published Online: 2018-03-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aot-2017-0065


This tutorial aims to provide a general overview on the state-of-the-art of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) in the visible and short near-infrared (NIR) wavelength ranges, mostly focusing in silicon nitride (SiN) substrates, and a guide to the necessary steps in the design toward the fabrication of such PICs. The focus is put on bio- and life sciences, given the adequacy and, thus, a large number of applications in this field.

Keywords: biophotonics; integration; life science; photonics; sensors; silicon nitride; visible


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About the article

Marco A.G. Porcel

Marco A.G. Porcel obtained his MSc in Telecom Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, Spain) in 2011. He continued with his PhD degree (defended on December 2017) on nonlinear control of light in integrated waveguides at the Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics group (LPNO) part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). In 2017, he joined VLC Photonics as the R&D Manager, working on the field of photonic integrated circuits.

Iñigo Artundo

Iñigo Artundo obtained his MSc in Telecom Engineering at the Universidad Publica de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) in 2005 and received his PhD in Applied Physics and Photonics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2009. He has been involved in several national and European research projects and networks of excellence focused on optical telecom and interconnects, micro-optics, and photonic integration. He has worked as a reviewer for several scientific journals, national and international funding agencies. He holds specializations in Business Financing, Commercial Management and Research, and Strategic Marketing. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE, and COIT. He currently is the CEO of VLC Photonics, working in the field of photonic integrated circuits.

J. David Domenech

J. David Domenech received his BSc degree in Telecommunications and his MSc degree in Technologies, Systems and Networks of Communication from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He obtained his PhD degree in Optics at the Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications Institute (iTEAM) from UPV, inside the Optical and Quantum Communications Group, focusing his research in the use of integrated ring resonators for microwave photonics applications. Since 2006, he has been working on the design of integrated optic circuits in indium phosphide/silicon nitride/SOI technologies within several European and national research projects. In 2012, he was awarded with the Intel PhD Honor Programme award. He is currently the CTO of VLC Photonics, working in the field of photonic integrated circuits.

Douwe Geuzebroek

Douwe Geuzebroek is the VP of sales and marketing at LioniX International. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering of the University of Twente and did a PhD research at the Integrated Optical MicroSystems group on the topic of ‘Flexible Optical Network Components Based on Densely Integrated Micro-ring Resonators’. Besides this, he finished an introduction program at the TSM Business School. In 2005, he joined LioniX b.v. as a design engineer and project leader focusing on micro-ring resonators and other integrated optical telecommunication devices and was actively involved in the start-up of XiO Photonics in 2009.

Rino Sunarto

Rino Sunarto studied at the Saint Joseph College Malang and obtained his BEng on Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2008 at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences. He was an ASIC design engineer at Bruco B. V. from 2008 to 2009, a junior design engineer at XiO Photonics from 2009 to 2011, and now works as a software engineer at PhoeniX Software.

Romano Hoofman

Romano Hoofman received his MSc degree in Molecular Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1995 and his PhD degree in Radiation Chemistry from the Technological University of Delft, The Netherlands, in 2000. He started his career in the industry where he worked as a principal scientist at Philips Research and later on at NXP Semiconductors. He covered many different R&D topics, ranging from CMOS integration, photovoltaic technology, thin-film batteries, and sensors (which form together the building blocks for IoT sensor nodes). Currently, he is a program director at IMEC, where he is responsible for the project management of Europractice and related services.

Received: 2017-10-05

Accepted: 2017-12-04

Published Online: 2018-03-24

Published in Print: 2018-04-25

Citation Information: Advanced Optical Technologies, Volume 7, Issue 1-2, Pages 57–65, ISSN (Online) 2192-8584, ISSN (Print) 2192-8576, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aot-2017-0065.

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