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"Optical communication enables to connect users, homes, cities, countries and continents to form the physical layer for the Internet and is the underlying technology behind the explosion of bandwidth and bandwidth-related services we now all take for granted."

Research profile

Henrie van den Boom is an Assistant Professor in Electro-Optical Communication Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology. His areas of expertise include Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering and Electronic Engineering. Currently, his research is focused on radio over fiber and novel optical sensor systems and applications, using Plastic Optical Fibres. Plastic optical fibre (POF), also referred to as Polymer optical fibre, offers several practical benefits. It is highly resistant to bending and stretching and maintains a high refractive index difference between the cable core and cladding. What’s more, the fibre cables, optical links, connectors, and installation are all relatively inexpensive. A new IEEE Ethernet specification is providing a pathway toward support for gigabit transmission rates over this fiber type.

Its properties also make POF suitable for robust and low-cost sensor applications. A possible new application is position detection for monitoring patients with sleep-related movement disorders. Tools are urgently needed to obtain a detailed patient-friendly long-term assessment of sleep-related movements in the home situation. In collaboration with a sleep medicine center, an optical two-dimensional pressure sensing system for real-time patient monitoring, based on a novel and patented principle, which can easily be placed under a mattress in a home environment is being investigated.

Academic background

Henrie van den Boom received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from TU/e in 1984. Since then, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Electro-Optical Communication Systems group of the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) at TU/e. Henrie has been giving lectures in the field of optical fiber communications and basic telecommunications for many years. He has been involved in national and international re­search projects on coherent optical communicati­on sys­tems, optical cross-connected networks, broad­band communications in Hybrid Fiber Coax networks, mode division multiplexing systems and Polymer Optical Fiber systems and networks.

Henrie has (co-)authored over 200 journal and conference papers and  is the treasurer of the IEEE Photonics group, Benelux Chapter.

Affiliated with

Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) 

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Projects 2008 2011


Koonen, A. M. J. (., van den Boom, H. P. A., van Hout, J., Tangdiongga, E., de Kruijf, S. & Okonkwo, C.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1986 2019

61 Citations (Scopus)
176 Downloads (Pure)

High-capacity transmission over polymer optical fiber

Boom, van den, H. P. A., Bennekom, van, P. K., Tafur Monroy, I. & Khoe, G. D., 2001, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 7, 3, p. 461-470 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Plastic optical fibers
optical fibers
data links
Telecommunication services
72 Citations (Scopus)
123 Downloads (Pure)

47.4 Gb/s tranmission over 100m graded-index plastic optical fiber based on rate-adaptive discrete multitone modulation

Yang, H., Lee, S. C. J., Tangdiongga, E., Okonkwo, C. M., Boom, van den, H. P. A., Breyer, F., Randel, S. & Koonen, A. M. J., 2010, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 28, 4, p. 352-359 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
plastic fibers
optical fibers
quadrature amplitude modulation

Robust two-dimensional pressure sensing mattress based on optical coupling between crossing polymer optical fibres

van den Boom, H. P. A., Overeem, S. & Koonen, A. M. J., 2017, 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres (POF 2016), September 13-15, 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom. p. 1-4 4 p.

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

Plastic optical fibers
Pressure sensors

Crosstalk-free AWGR-based 2-D IR beam steered optical wireless communication system for high spatial resolution

Zhang, X., Li, C., Jiao, Y., van den Boom, H., Tangdiongga, E., Cao, Z. & Koonen, T., 22 Apr 2019, 2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 - Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. 8696650

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

wireless communication
Communication systems
5 Citations (Scopus)

Multiformat wired and wireless signals over large-core plastic fibers for in-home network

Forni, F., Shi, Y., Tran, N. C., van den Boom, H., Tangdiongga, E. & Koonen, T., 15 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 36, 16, p. 3444-3452

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

plastic fibers
radio signals
quadrature amplitude modulation
local thermodynamic equilibrium
pulse amplitude modulation


Telecommunications systems

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Student theses

A multi-standard simulation platform for hybrid fiber/coax networks

Author: Kwaaitaal, J., 28 Feb 1999

Supervisor: van den Boom, H. (Supervisor 1) & Khoe, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Improving the availability of a DVB cable modem head-end system

Author: Kwisthout, C., 28 Feb 2002

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1) & van den Boom, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Interaktief full channel teletekstsysteem voor kabeltelevisienetten

Author: van den Boom, H., 31 Aug 1984

Supervisor: van Etten, W. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Measurement of linearity of laserdiodes for use in analog transmission of TV signals over a Graded Index Polymer Optical Fiber

Author: de Jager, B., 31 Aug 1999

Supervisor: van den Boom, H. (Supervisor 1) & Khoe, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master