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Doing research is very fulfilling; combining intellectual challenges with contributing to the future. Working at TU/e adds to that the interaction with bright young people. It’s a great job!

Research profile

Jos van der Tol is Associate Professor in the Photonic Integration group of the Electrical Engineering department at TU/e. His research interests include opto-electronic integration, polarization issues, photonic membranes and photonic crystals. His goal is to find and demonstrate new ideas that lead to improved technologies in fields like telecom, datacom and sensing.  

Van der Tol’s ambitions include upscaling photonic integrated chips, both in functionality and in integration level. Of special interest is adding magneto-optic devices to the photonic integrated circuits. This would present a breakthrough, making functions such as optical isolators and circulators finally available. This is the subject of a cooperation with the Physics of Nanostructures group in the TU/e’s Applied Physics department.  

A second important ambition Van der Tol has is the integration of electronic functionality with the photonic ICs. This makes energy-efficient and high-frequency solutions possible, especially for telecom and datacom applications. In this areaVan der Tol leads a European project, WIPE, in which BiCMOS electronics are intimately connected to photonic circuits on indium phosphide to obtain high-speed transceivers. 

Van der Tol is the author and co-author of over 200 publications in the fields of integrated optics and optical networks and holds 26 patent applications. 

Academic background

Jos van der Tol received his PhD degree in physics from the University of Leiden in 1985. Afterwards, he joined KPN Research, where he became involved in research into integrated optical components for use in telecommunication networks. His research interests in this field have covered modeling of wave guides and design and fabrication of electro-optical devices on lithium niobateIn addition, he worked on guided wave components on III–V semiconductor materials. Van der Tol has also been active in the field of optical networks, focusing on survivability, introduction scenarios and management issues. Since July 1999, Van der Tol works at TU/e

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Research Output 1993 2020

Indium phosphide membrane nanophotonic integrated circuits on silicon

Jiao, Y., van der Tol, J., Pogoretskii, V., van Engelen, J., Kashi, A. A., Reniers, S., Wang, Y., Zhao, X., Yao, W., Liu, T., Pagliano, F., Fiore, A., Zhang, X., Cao, Z., Kumar, R. R., Tsang, H. K., van Veldhoven, R., de Vries, T., Geluk, E. J., Bolk, J. & 3 others, Ambrosius, H., Smit, M. & Williams, K., Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science. 1900606.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Indium phosphide
indium phosphides
1 Downloads (Pure)

InP membrane on Silicon (IMOS) Photonics

van der Tol, J. J. G. M., Jiao, Y., van Engelen, J. P., Pogoretskiy, V., Kashi, A. & Williams, K. A., 1 Feb 2020, In : IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. 56, 1, p. 1-7 7 p., 6300107.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

3 Downloads (Pure)

1.3 Integration of photonics and electronics

Smit, M., Williams, K. & van der Tol, J., 6 Mar 2019, 2019 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 29-34 6 p. 8662321

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

Electronic equipment
Indium phosphide
Light amplifiers
4 Downloads (Pure)

A 50 Gb/s PAM-4 optical modulator driver for 3D photonic electronic wafer scale packaging

Zhang, X., Liu, X., Spiegelberg, M., Meighan, A., van der Tol, J. J. G. M. & Matters-Kammerer, M. K., 14 Jan 2019, 2018 18th Mediterranean Microwave Symposium, MMS 2018. IEEE Computer Society, p. 112-115 4 p. 8611895

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

Pulse amplitude modulation
Light modulators
3 Downloads (Pure)

Characterization of waveguide photonic crystal reflectors on indium phosphide membranes

Reniers, S., Jiao, Y., van der Tol, J., Williams, K. & Wang, Y., 16 Sep 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. 55, 6, 7 p., 8839111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Indium phosphide
indium phosphides
Photonic crystals

Student theses

A fast all-optical 2R regenerator based on POLIS

Author: Nambale, C., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: van der Tol, J. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


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


Applications of slot waveguides in IMOS

Author: Andreou, S., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: van der Tol, J. (Supervisor 1) & Millan Mejia, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Automated photonic device design

Author: Pijl, J., 30 Aug 2016

Supervisor: van der Tol, J. (Supervisor 1) & Leijtens, X. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Characterization of a wavelength converter integrated with a discretely tunable laser

Author: Sandmeier, B., 31 Oct 2005

Supervisor: van der Tol, J. (Supervisor 1) & Augustin, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master