• Groene Loper 5, Flux building floor 9

    56 Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Electrical Engineering

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We have a vision of a globe-spanning ubiquitous optical network, a sustainable and reliable communication infrastructure for users and devices around the world.

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Our goal: virtually unlimited bandwidth without congestion, anytime, anywhere, for any service

Organisational profile

Our research vision requires ultra-broadband, ultra-long-reach transmission links, fully-transparent, ultra-fast nodes for routing signal streams, flexible, high-density optical interconnect solutions and high-capacity links – including wireless links – to the end user. It also necessitates functions for autonomously mapping users’ location and service requirements to the network’s resources. Sustainability is a leading theme in our research.

Optical communication, based on optical fiber and free-space optical beams, is the technology that can make this vision a reality. It is the technology underlying the explosion of bandwidth and bandwidth-related services that we now all take for granted and which enables us to connect users, homes, cities, countries and continents to form the physical layer for the World Wide Web.

Our research focuses on:

  • High Capacity Optical Transmission to overcome the limitations imposed by attenuation, dispersion and nonlinearities in the optical fiber. We are pushing towards speeds of multiple Tb/s by exploring new algorithms for data coding, decoding and reconstruction while exploiting deep understanding of optical fibers.
  • Low Latency Interconnect Networks to overcome the latency, capacity and energy bottlenecks in network nodes and network interconnects. We support the growing demand for data exchange between and within data centers by researching new high-density interconnect solutions and novel all-optical switching concepts and devices.
  • Optical Access and Indoor Networks to deliver any broadband service to the end user or device, wire-bound or wireless, by means of converged network solutions. We are investigating optical routing techniques for delivering capacity-on-demand, optimizing user mobility and network performance and reducing energy consumption. 
  • Advanced Network Management and Control, with the goal to create an autonomous control intelligence to manage the network’s physical layer. This will give users access to services at the appropriate quality-of-experience level and improve the network’s dependability. Our main focus is on cognitive Internet of Things communications.
  • Terahertz Photonic Systems to develop techniques for the generation, detection and processing of ultra-high frequency electro-magnetic waves in the sub-THz to THz domain (i.e. 100 GHz and beyond).

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    Research Output

    Open Access
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    5G RAN architecture based on analog radio-over-fiber fronthaul over UDWDM-PON and phased array fed reflector antennas

    Konstantinou, D., Bressner, T. A. H., Rommel, S., Johannsen, U., Johansson, M. N., Ivashina, M. V., Smolders, A. B. & Tafur Monroy, I., 1 Jan 2020, In : Optics Communications. 454, 10 p., 124464.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Analysis and experimental demonstration of orthant-symmetric four-dimensional 7 bit/4D-sym modulation for optical fiber communication

    Chen, B., Alvarado, A., Heide, S. V. D., Hout, M. V. D., Hafermann, H. & Okonkwo, C., 28 Mar 2020, In : arXiv. 2020, 13 p., 2003.12712.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Asia Communications and Photonics Conference(ACP) 2018 Best Paper Award

    Bin Chen (Recipient), Y. Lei (Recipient), Domaniç Lavery (Recipient), C.M. Okonkwo (Recipient) & Alex Alvarado (Recipient), 28 Nov 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Activities

    Emerging application of Terahertz Systems on Chip

    Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (Speaker)
    25 Nov 201928 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Towards Terahertz Systems on chip

    Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (Speaker)
    15 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Terahertz wireless Communications -6G and beyond autonomous vehicles

    Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (Speaker)
    2 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Research areas

    High capacity links

    Rianne Sanders (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Low latency interconnect networks

    Rianne Sanders (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Network management and control

    Rianne Sanders (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Student theses

    Building a complex simulation platform for mode locking laser for radio- over-fiber in-home communication

    Author: Huang, X., 30 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Cao, Z. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Channel Coding Gains in High Throughput and Long Reach Optical Transmission Systems

    Author: Sillekens, E. & Okonkwo, C., 25 Jul 2015

    Supervisor: Okonkwo, C. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Design and realization of indoor airships with two actuation units and energy performance analysis

    Author: Xia, Y., 26 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Exarchakos, G. (Supervisor 1) & Bembnowicz, P. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master