• Eindhoven University of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering FLX 9.094 5600 MB EINDHOVEN

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  • 6573 Citations
1979 …2023
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Research profile

Ton Koonen is a full professor of Electro-Optical Communications and Chair of Broadband Communication Networks in the department Telecommunication Technology and Electromagnetics. His areas of specialization include computer systems, architectures and networks, telecommunications, broadband and optical fiber-to/in-the-home. Ton has initiated and led several European and national R&D projects in this area on dynamically reconfigurable hybrid fiber access networks, fiber-wireless, packet-switched access, and short-range multimode (polymer) optical fiber networks, and label-controlled optical packet routed networks.

His current research interests are optical fiber-supported in-building networks (including optical wireless communication techniques, radio-over-fiber techniques, and high-capacity plastic optical fiber (POF) techniques), optical access networks, and spatial division multiplexed systems. His group has, for example, developed a Wi-Fi network that transmits signals via infrared light, achieving a speed of 42.8 Gb/s, 100 times faster than current networks generally achieve. At this speed, an entire film could be transferred in one second.

Academic background

Ton Koonen received his MSc (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1979.In that year, he joined Philips Telecommunicatie Industrie (Telecommunications Industry). From 1987 to 2000 he worked on high-speed transmission systems and optical fiber systems for hybrid access networks at Bell Laboratories within Lucent. He has also worked as a professor at the University of Twente, holding a chair on Photonic Networks. 

Ton is chairman of the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, part of the COBRA institute and from September 2012 he was also vice-dean of the department Electrical Engineering. Ton is a Bell Labs Fellow, IEEE Fellow, OSA Fellow, ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Winner, Distinguished Guest Professor of Hunan University, Changsha, China, and has frequently acted as an auditor and reviewer on national and EC projects. Currently, he is involved in a number of access/in-home projects in the Freeband program, the IOP GenCom program, and the EC FP6 IST and FP7 ICT programs. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 conference and journal publications.

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Projects 2008 2023

Beam-steered Reconfigurable Optical-Wireless System for Energy-efficient communication - Proving the Concept - BROWSE_PLUS

Koonen, T., van Hout, J., Mekonnen, K., Moerenhout, M., Moerenhout, M. & Huijskens, F. M.

1/06/1830/11/19

Project: Research direct

Smart-One: Optical networks for pervasive communication, i.e. Visible/Infrared Light Communication

Koonen, T., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Moerenhout, M., Moerenhout, M. & Pham, N.

2/01/1731/12/22

Project: Research direct

Zwaartekracht Networks ECO

Koonen, T., Koonen, T., Post, B., Surya, B., Surya, B., Jansen, T., Jansen, T., van Goor, A., van Goor, A., Moerenhout, M., Moerenhout, M. & Gerrits, E.

31/03/1431/08/19

Project: Research direct

Graduate Programme COBRA Photonics - Positie ECO

Koonen, T., van Weerdenburg, J., Gerrits, E., Moerenhout, M. & Moerenhout, M.

1/01/141/01/21

Project: Research direct

Zwaartekracht ECO Research Centre for Integrated Nanophotonics

Koonen, T., van Zantvoort, J., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Smit, M., Croes, S., Cao, Z., Mohammed, M., Zhang, X., Trinidad, A., van der Heide, S., Mamun, M. & Shi, B.

1/01/1431/12/23

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1979 2019

Chromatic dispersion analysis and compensation in a large core-count few-mode multi-core fiber based on optical vector network analysis

van Weerdenburg, J., Rommel, S., Delgado Mendinueta, J. M., Klaus, W., Sakaguchi, J., Vegas, J. J., Koonen, T., Awaji, Y., Tafur Monroy, I., Okonkwo, C. & Wada, N., 4 Mar 2019, p. 1 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

network analysis
fibers

Cost-effective design and manufacturing of advanced optical interconnects

Li, T., 31 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 139 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Performance analysis of optical switches

Abidini, M. A., 24 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 189 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
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138-Tbit/s mode- and wavelength-multiplexed transmission over six-Mode graded-index fiber

van Weerdenburg, J. J. A., Ryf, R., Alvarado-Zacarias, J. C., Alvarez-Aguirre, R. A., Fontaine, N. K., Chen, H., Amezcua Correa, R., Sun, Y., Gruner-Nielsen, L., Jensen, R. V., Lingle, R., Koonen, A. M. J. & Okonkwo, C. M., 15 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 36, 6, p. 1369-1374 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

fibers
wavelengths
spools
quadrature amplitude modulation
C band
7 Citations

138 Tbit/s transmission over 650 km graded-index 6-mode fiber

van Weerdenburg, J., Ryf, R., Alvarado-Zacarias, J. C., Alvarez-Aguirre, R. A., Fontaine, N. K., Chen, H., Amezcua-Correa, R., Koonen, T. & Okonkwo, C., 24 Apr 2018, 43rd European Conference on Optical Communication, ECOC 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Vol. 2017-September, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Quadrature amplitude modulation
Photonics
Polarization
Wavelength
Fibers

Prizes

Communication
Bandwidth
Particle beam tracking
Radio waves
Radio communication
Communication
Wi-Fi
Telecommunication traffic
Traffic congestion
Radio waves

Fellow

Ton Koonen (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Fellow Bell Labs Lucent Technologies

Ton Koonen (Recipient), 1998

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

ICT Regie Award

Ton Koonen (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 2000 2008

  • 15 Contributed talk
  • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

Freeband BB Photonics Access Symposium, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ton Koonen (Speaker)
18 Apr 2008

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

IOP GenCom Werksymposium, De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Ton Koonen (Organiser)
29 Oct 2003

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

IOP GenCom Werksymposium, De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Ton Koonen (Organiser)
29 Oct 2003

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

10th International POF conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ton Koonen (Speaker)
28 Sep 2001

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

SCTE Spring Lecture, London, UK

Ton Koonen (Speaker)
6 Mar 2001

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Student theses

43-Gb/s POLMUX-RZ_DPSK vs. 43-Gb/s POLMUX-RZ-DQPSK modulation for the use in long-haul transmission systems

Author: Sleiffer, V. A. J. M., 31 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

A data vortex switch for optical packet switching

Author: Macias, M., 2003

Supervisor: Tafur Monroy, I. (Supervisor 1), Nowbakht Irani, A. (Supervisor 2) & Koonen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A hybrid optical code division multiple access/radio-over-fiber system on a passively-split optical network

Author: Spuesens, T., 31 Aug 2008

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

A universal architecture for integration of control networks in an Internet environment

Author: Jaspers, D., 31 Oct 2002

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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CATV as WDM overlay on APON based FTTH networks

Author: Schoop, R., 30 Jun 2002

Supervisor: Fredricx, F. (External person) (Supervisor 1) & Koonen, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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