Building on the technology and infrastructure of the CMOS world, silicon photonics has become a mature and mainstream platform for high datarate transceivers in telecommunication, data communication and interconnects. But there are so many other applications that could benefit from the key assets of silicon photonics. In particular in the field of sensing the opportunities are endless, from biosensing to 3D imaging, from fiber sensor readout to spectroscopic sensing of liquid or gaseous analytes. In this talk I will discuss some of the key scientific challenges encountered when applying silicon photonics to sensing functions.
Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent) and is also associated with IMEC. He received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from UGent in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford in 1981. He received a PhD degree from UGent in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC. Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. From 1990 till 1994 he has also been a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and from 2004 till 2008 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonics. He has made contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom, sensing and medicine. Roel Baets is an ERC grantee of the European Research Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the European Optical Society (EOS) and of the Optical Society (OSA).
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