Industrial Partners

Alcatel Thales III V Lab







  Alcatel Thales III-V Lab is an industrial laboratory jointly established by Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) and Thales in 2004 under the French “Economic Interest Group” (GIE) status.The purpose of ATL is to perform research on photonics and microelectronics components based onIII-V semiconductor materials (such as AsGa, InGaAs, InP, or GaN) from the basic studies to the transfer for industrialization, taking benefit from the synergies between the technologies developed for various markets addressed by Thales and Alcatel-Lucent, such as telecom, space, defence, safety and security.

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institut (FhG-HHI)







  Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) was founded in 1928 as the Heinrich Hertz Institute for Research on Oscillations. A vast experience is available on the design, fabrication and characterization of discrete and integrated optoelectronic/photonic components which made HHI to one of the leading laboratories worldwide on these topics. Devices developed successfully in the past comprise various types of laser diodes, ultrafast photodetectors and receivers comprising amplification, high-speed modulators, building blocks for all-optical signal processing, and THz transmitters/receivers. In addition, different monolithically integrated optoelectronic/photonic integrated circuits (OEIC/PIC) have been successfully fabricated (e.g. transceivers, photoreceivers, EML, THz generators/receivers, coherent and heterodyne receivers).

U2t Photonics AG (U2T)







  U2T is a Germany based SME with approx. 130 employees and its market orientation is clearly focused to address the ultra high-speed photonic components for optical communication systems. U2T Photonics AG (Berlin, Germany) was founded in January 1998 as a spin-off company of the HHI. Our core competence is the development of ultrafast optoelectronic components for fiber-optic applications such as communication super highways and microwave photonic systems, which require operation frequencies of 40 GHz and beyond. U2T has expert knowledge starting from device design and chip manufacturing to systems configurations and testing. Often based on the results of National or EU projects, leading edge optoelectronic components have been developed and introduced to the market. Examples are the high-speed waveguide integrated photodetectors with 50GHz bandwidth for test and measurement applications, photoreceivers for applications in 40 / 100 Gbit/s communication systems and a mode-locked laser source delivering 1.5 ps short pulses for OTDM experiments at bit rates up to 160 Gbit/s.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (ALBLF)







  Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel- Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Bell Labs France, the French Bell labs centre and the second in size, located in Nozay, close to Paris, is a 100% affiliate of Alcatel Lucent France and is covering research on optical components, transmission systems and optical networks, fixed and mobile networks architectures from the core to the edge, security, service infrastructure and applications.

VPIsystems GmbH







  VPIsystems GmbH is as a private industrial company (SME) with office in Berlin, Germany. Initially founded as Broadband Network Design (BNeD) GmbH in November 1996, as a spin-off of the Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin, the company merged 1998 with Virtual Photonics Pty Ltd., Australia, and founded an international incorporation with headquarters in Holmdel, NJ. VPIphotonics, a wholly owned division of VPIsystems, sets the standard for software and services supporting photonic systems and subsystems design with VPItransmissionMaker™ and, VPIcomponentMaker™ and optical equipment configuration with VPIlinkConfigurator™. Its award-winning products are used by forward-looking groups, product design and marketing teams from over 100 commercial corporations and educators in over 140 university programs across the world.

National Research Council Canada







  The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development. The Institute for Microstructural Sciences (IMS) is one of Canada's most important research facilities devoted to discovering the quantum, electronic, and photonic properties of leading edge materials.

AT4 Wireless







  AT4 wireless is a global provider of testing and certification services to the industry to ensure products comply with the market requirements. AT4 wireless' test system branch develops cutting-edge technology in its wide range of systems for different wireless technologies: LTE, 2G/3G, HSPA, HSPA+, WiMAX™, Bluetooth® & RFID/NFC for design and verification, conformance and operators acceptance. From July 2012, AT4 Test Systems is part pf Agilent. AT4 wireless also offers add value services and solutions, based on wireless and information technologies, to optimise client processes and resources








  IMST GmbH is a competence centre and professional development house for high-frequency circuits, wireless modules, and communications systems. The company was founded in 1992 and they work on, for example, radio communications, radar systems, microsystems, nanoelectronics or testing of mobile terminals, antennas and RF circuits. They also offer the full 3D electromagnetic simulation tool Empire.


Academic Partners

Politecnico de Milano








  The Photonics Devices Group, leaded by Andra Melloni, operates in the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano since 1996. Their prime competences are in passive and nonlinear integrated optical circuits, from electromagnetic analysis to circuit design, from waveguides characterization to devices testing, from devices for high bit rates optical communication systems to sensors.

École Polytechnique de Montréal







  The Poly-Grames Research Center has a long history of excellence in research and education of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, millimeter-wave and microwave photonics engineering. This is one of the largest and leading international academic research institutions in the field with three Canada Research Chairs (CRC) endowed by the Canadian government. This Center provides a dynamic research environment in connection with both fundamental and application-oriented projects. It also features interactive activities such as organizing microwave seminar series and multidisciplinary collaborations through joint research projects.

Heriot Watt University








  With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The RF and Microwave Group at Heriot-Watt was funded in 1970s and is currently leaded by Prof. Hong. It has pioneered in the analysis, design and testing of active and passive RF and microwave components that are found in many applications including mobile and wireless communications, satellite communications, radar, automotive transportations, wireless sensors, surveillance, medical therapies, and imaging.

Cornell University








  Professor's Alex Gaeta's Group at Cornell University has a very active research activity in ultrafast nonlinear optics, all-optical processing, the development and application of photonic crystal fibers, nanophotonics, and quantum effects in nonlinear optics. This group has carried out the first demonstration of a CMOS-compatible monolithically integrated source, with important appications in high bandwidth integrated optical networks. In 2012, they collaborate with PHORMA to show the broadest supercontinuum generated on a CMOS-compatible chip to date, with potential applications in frequency metrology, optical coherence tomography, confocal imaging, and optical communications.

Ghent University







  The Photonics Research Group in the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University (and closely associated with IMEC), leaded by Roel Baets, is active in the field of photonic integration - more specifically silicon photonics - and its applications in information and communication technology, in sensing and in life sciences. This group puts its research focus on new concepts for photonic integrated devices and circuits and on the associated technologies and design methodologies. This includes passive and active waveguide-based photonic components, based on CMOS-compatible materials and processes as well as hybrid approaches combining silicon with other functional materials. The activities ‘center’ around the telecom wavelength of 1.55 micrometer but are expanding both to longer wavelengths (mid-IR) and shorter wavelengths (visible).

Université Paris Sud







  The Silicon-based Micro and Nanophotonic Devices Group of the Université Paris-Sud, headed by Laurent Vivien, has as main research lines the study of passive (waveguide, splitters, 90° turns, optical couplers) and active (Si-based optical modulators and Ge on Si photodetectors) micro and nanophotonic devices on silicon for optical interconnects and optical fiber communications.

Optoelectronics research Center - University of Southampton








The optotoelectronics Research Ceter is one of the world's leading institutes for photonics research based at the University of Southampton. We work with Prof. Mashanovich's group, who was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowhsip to work in Mid-Infrared Photonics in 2008.









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