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Research in laser systems for applications always brings new insights in the fundamental aspects of the laser system, its design, its control and the technologies used to fabricate it.

Research profile

Erwin Bente is an Associate Professor in the area of Laser Based Photonic Integrated Circuits in the Photonic Integration group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key research interests include semiconductor laser design, laser and optical amplifier dynamics, laser designs that are robust for optical feedback, integration of a number of lasers in a single circuit, laser frequency stabilization, extending the wavelength range of photonic integrated laser circuits to increase applicability of photonic integrated circuits and photonic circuit simulation.  

The main subjects covered by his research are laser systems in semiconductor photonic integrated circuits based on indium phosphide based materials for application in sensing and measurement applications. He is specifically interested in tunable single frequency semiconductor lasers and modelocked frequency comb semiconductor lasers using extended cavities. 

Erwin’s team has been instrumental in finding a record tuning range for an integrated laser system and a record frequency comb width from an integrated semiconductor modelocked laser. Erwin’s team has also demonstrated that indium phosphide photonic integration technology can be used at wavelengths up to 2 micrometer. They are working on application in strain sensing, position sensors and medical imaging (optical coherence tomography). The team will be working on using more advanced electronic control on laser systems to improve stability, develop integrated laser system for (coherent) interaction with materials and study different integration technologies to improve laser stability. 

Academic background

Erwin Bente received his MSc in physics from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in 1984. In  

1989 he received his PhD degree in laser spectroscopy of atoms at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdam. 

From 1988 to 1994 Erwin was a researcher, manager in a research group in industry on materials processing using lasers. Between 1996 and 2001 Erwin worked as research team leader on solid-state laser engineering at the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow U.K. In 2001 he joined TU/e. He is the European chair of the IEEE International semiconductor laser conference technical program committee. 

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Research Output 1999 2019

Distance metrology with integrated mode-locked ring laser

Hei, K., Shi, G., Hansel, A., Deng, Z., Latkowski, S., van den Berg, S. A., Bente, E. & Bhattacharya, N., Dec 2019, In : IEEE Photonics Journal. 11, 6, 10 p., 8827284.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Ring lasers
ring lasers
Laser modes
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Feedback insensitive external-cavity semiconductor ring laser utilizing a weak intracavity isolator

van Schaijk, T., Lenstra, D., Williams, K. & Bente, E., 1 Jun 2019, 2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1 p. 8872232

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

Optical feedback
Laser tuning
Ring lasers
ring lasers
28 Downloads (Pure)

Frequency stabilization of an InP-based integrated diode laser deploying electro-optic tuning

Andreou, S., Williams, K. & Bente, E., 15 Dec 2019, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. 31, 24, p. 1983-1986 4 p., 8894117.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Electrooptical effects
Semiconductor lasers

Introduction to the JSTQE special issue on semiconductor lasers

Bente, E., Gioannini, M., He, S., Lester, L. & Shterengas, L., 1 Nov 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 25, 6, 3 p., 8909208.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Semiconductor lasers
semiconductor lasers

Activities 2002 2018

  • 3 Contributed talk

Bistable Operation of a Monolithic Ring Laser due to Hole-Burning-Induced Inversion Grating

Daan Lenstra (Speaker), E.A.J.M. Bente (Member)
30 May 20181 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Feedback-insensitive Semiconductor Laser

Daan Lenstra (Speaker), T.T.M. van Schaijk (Member), E.A.J.M. Bente (Member), K.A. Williams (Member)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


OSA Annual Meeting 2002, Orlando, USA

Erwin Bente (Speaker)
2 Oct 2002

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Classical and modern physics

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Nano devices and integration

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Student theses

An all-active 2R regenerator using POLIS

Author: Marell, M., 31 Aug 2006

Supervisor: van der Tol, J. (Supervisor 1) & Bente, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Full temporal magnitude and phase characterization of picosecond laser pulses using spectral interference

Author: Tilma, B., 31 Dec 2006

Supervisor: Bente, E. (Supervisor 1) & Heck, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Non-invasively measuring blood glucose by use of OCT

Author: Li, W., 15 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Bente, E. (Supervisor 1) & Dunias, P. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

On exploring 1600-nm optical coherence tomo-graphy for imaging and analysis of biological tissue

Author: Langenhuizen, P., 28 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Bente, E. (Supervisor 1) & Zinger, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Precise wavelength control of integrated tunable lasers

Author: Tao, W., 29 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Bente, E. (Supervisor 1) & Latkowski, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master