On September 21st, 2015, Carlos Belmonte Palmero successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Semiconductor lasers for random bit generation, wavelength tuning and circularly polarized light emission" in a public session. In his PhD research, Carlos showed that semiconductor lasers can efficiently be used for generating sequences of random bits at high-speed, but also that, combined with the properties of liquid crystal, they can be extremely versatile devices.
On September 21st, the photonics department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) welcomed a ten-person delegation from Beihang University (Beijing, China). The group, consisting of professors and PhD students, was in Brussels for a three-day visit.
On June 4th, B-PHOT kicked off the exhibition “Discover the power of light” in the Atomium. During June, July and August, 201.280 people visited this exhibition in Belgium’s most famous monument. These visitor numbers mean an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period last year.
During the summer, our Photonics Innovation Center (PIC) in Gooik welcomed 15 kids between the ages of 10 and 12. The trip was organised by ‘Sapikids’ (a contraction of sapiens and kids), a company which organises science and technology workshops for children. Sapikids is a member of the STEM academy, an initiative of the Flemish Government to promote science for children and teenagers up to 18 years.
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VUB - Campus Etterbeek
Building F - 9th floor