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Micro-optics  is a generic technology that allows the manipulation of light and the management of photons with “micron ”- and “sub-micron ”-scale structures and components. Micro-optics is therefore the corner-stone enabling technology to interface the macroscopic world we live in with the microscopic world of opto- and nano-electronic data processing circuits. It is recognized as the key-link between photonics and nano-electronics, the two dominating information technologies in tomorrow’s society.

B-Phot  has mastered the complete micro-optics  foodchain, from design, prototyping, replication, characterisation and reliability testing through in-house equipment and expertise and strong links with collaborating partners. B-Phot has coordinated the EU-funded FP6 Network of Excellence on Micro-Optics (NEMO).

The in-house know-how, fabrication and intrumentation for micro-optics  research encompass:

  • Optical design software (ASAP, Zemax, VirtualLab, Lumerical FDTD and MODE Solutions)
  • Monte-Carlo and Design of Experiments for 3D tolerance synthesis of optical systems
  • Component fabrication using "Deep Proton Writing"
  • Small-scale replication using "Silicone Moulding & Vacuum Casting"
  • Contact- and non-contact profilometry and interferometric analysis

These are the key-enablers for B-Phot micro-optics  research.


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Latest publications

  • P. Samyn, J. Van Erps, H. Thienpont, and G. Schoukens, “Paper coatings with multi-scale roughness evaluated at different sampling sizes,” Appl. Surf. Sci, vol. 257, no. 13, pp. 5613–5625, 2011.

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  • E. Bosman et al., “Ultrathin Optoelectronic Device Packaging in Flexible Carriers,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron., vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 617–628, 2011.

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  • H. Thienpont and J. Van Erps, “Micro-optics components and technologies: key-innovators for research and industry.,” in Proc. 35th Optical Societ of India Symposium, International Conference on Contemporary Trends in Optics and Optoelectronics, 2011, pp. 6–7.

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  • M. Vervaeke et al., “Satelitte payloads with optical interconnects: Solving the bandwidth bottleneck in space,” in Proc. ICO Information Photonics, 2011, pp. 1–2.

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  • J. Van Erps, A. Pakula, S. Tomczewski, M. Vervaeke, L. Salbut, and H. Thienpont, “Populating multi-fiber fiberoptic connectors using an interferometric measurement of fiber tip position and facet quality,” in Proc. SPIE, Micro-Optics, VCSELs, and Photonic Interconnects III, 2010, vol. 7716, p. 77161I.

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