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The successful marriage between semiconductor optoelectronic devices and low-loss optical fibres has pushed the transmission capacity of a single core fibre from the Megabit level up to the Terabit domain and thereby becoming the main enabler of the Internet.

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Hugo de Waardt is an Associate Professor and track leader of high-capacity trunk transmission within the ECO group at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key areas of expertise include telecommunication engineering, optical communication, optical amplifiers, opto-electronic transmitters and receivers and high capacity fibre-optic transmission. Hugo’s research interest has always been in trying to reach the highest possible transmission capacity: at first using high speed direct laser modulation in combination with optical pre-amplified detection. Later on, he researched wavelength division multiplexing technologies and optical time domain multiplexing, eventually by exploring few mode transmission in combination with coherent detection.

Academic background

Hugo de Waardt received his MSc (1980) and PhD (1995) from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 1981, he started his professional carrier in the Physics Department at PTT Research in Leidschendam, The Netherlands, where he worked on the performance issues of opto-electronic devices. In 1989 he moved to the Transmission Department and became involved in WDM high-bit-rate optical transmission. Hugo coordinated the participation of TU/e in ACTS Upgrade, ACTS BLISS, ACTS APEX and IST FASHION. He served as project leader of the national research initiative Freeband Broadband Photonics (2004-2008) and as task manager Broadband Communication in the SmartMix MEMPHIS program (2006-2012).

In recent years he was involved in the FP7 ICT projects MODE-GAP and IDEALIST. Since 2012, he has coordinated the post-doctoral engineering programme in ICT at the faculty of Electrical Engineering at TU/e. In 2016 he was appointed as Director Graduate Program at the selfsame faculty. His interests are in high capacity optical transmission and networking, integrated optics and semiconductor optical amplifiers/modulators. He has (co)authored over 450 conference and journal papers.

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Flexible data-rate and reach transmission employing hybrid modulation and scrambled coherent superposition

Rahman, T., Spinnler, B., Calabrò, S., De Man, E., Napoli, A., Sommerkorn-Krombholz, B., Koonen, A. M. J., Okonkwo, C. M. & de Waardt, H., 24 Apr 2018, 43rd European Conference on Optical Communication, ECOC 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Vol. 2017-September. p. 1-3 3 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Single carrier 1 Tbit/s mode-multiplexed transmission over graded-index 50μm core multi-mode fiber employing Kramers-Kronig receivers

    van der Heide, S., van Weerdenburg, J., Biqot-Astruc, M., Amezcua-Correa, A., Antonio-Lopez, J., Alvarado-Zacarias, J. C., de Waardt, H., Koonen, T., Sillard, P., Amezcua-Correa, R. & Okonkwo, C., 14 Nov 2018, 2018 European Conference on Optical Communication, ECOC 2018. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. 8535491

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

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    Assessment of scalable and fast 1310-nm optical switch for high-capacity data center networks

    Miao, W., De Waardt, H., van der Linden, R. & Calabretta, N., 1 Jan 2017, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. 29, 1, p. 98-101 4 p., 7744467.

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    Single-carrier 400G 64QAM and 128QAM DWDM field trial transmission over metro legacy links

    Khanna, G., Rahman, T., Man, E. D., Riccardi, E., Pagano, A., Piat, A. C., Calabro, S., Spinnler, B., Rafique, D., Feiste, U., De Waardt, H., Sommerkorn-Krombholz, B., Hanik, N., Drenski, T., Bohn, M. & Napoli, A., 15 Jan 2017, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. 29, 2, p. 189-192 4 p., 7756309.

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  • 28 Citations (Scopus)
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    10 Spatial mode transmission over 40km 50μm core diameter multimode fiber

    van Weerdenburg, J. J. A., Velázquez-Benítez, A. M., van Uden, R. G. A., Antonio-Lopez, J. E., Sillard, P., Molin, D., Bigot-Astruc, M., Amezcua-Correa, A., Huijskens, F. M., Achten, F., de Waardt, H., Koonen, A. M. J., Amezcua-Correa, R. & Okonkwo, C. M., 2016, Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2016, 20-24 March 2016, Anaheim, California. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. Th4C.3

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  • Student theses

    Automatic gain control in the STOLAS network

    Author: Bastiaans, B., 30 Jun 2003

    Supervisor: Jennen, J. (Supervisor 1), de Waardt, H. (Supervisor 2) & Khoe, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Automatic gain controlled semiconductor optical amplifiers

    Author: Janssen, P., 31 Aug 2002

    Supervisor: Jennen, J. (Supervisor 1) & de Waardt, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Channel coding gains in high throughput and long reach optical transmission systems

    Author: Sillekens, E., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: de Waardt, H. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master

    Characterisation and modelling of praseodymium-doped fibre amplifiers

    Author: van de Sluis, H., 31 Aug 2001

    Supervisor: de Waardt, H. (Supervisor 1) & Schimmel, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Characterization of an all optical label swapping node

    Author: Verdurmen, E., 31 Oct 2002

    Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1), de Waardt, H. (Supervisor 2) & Tafur Monroy, I. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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