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Meint Smit is a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where he leads the Photonic Integration group at the COBRA Research Institute. Currently, his research focuses on Generic Integration Technology. Unlike today’s microelectronics, technology development in photonics is strongly application-specific: for almost every application a novel technology is developed, which makes the entry costs very high. This has prevented a breakthrough of Photonic Integration. In response to this, Smit pioneered the use of the microelectronics methodology in photonics, and contributed to the launch of open-access integration technology platforms for InP and Silicon Photonics. 

A key achievement has been placing lasers onto a piece of Silicon, relying on Indium Phosphide to generate light directly in the chip. Meint’s group are developing methods to build full photonic circuits in a thin Indium Phosphide layer on top of a silicon wafer containing the driver, receiver and control electronics, to realise very short and efficient connections.

Academic background

Meint Smit graduated in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 1974, and received his PhD in 1991 (with honors). In 1976, he joined Delft University of Technology. Five years later, he switched to optical communications and the research field of Integrated Optics. Meint became leader of the Photonic Integrated Circuits group of the Delft University in 1994.  

Meint is the inventor of the Arrayed Waveguide Grating for which he received a LEOS Technical Achievement award in 1997. A year later he was appointed Full Professor and his group, together with the groups of prof. Wolter and prof. Khoe (COBRA, TU/e) received a €40m research grant to establish a National Research Center on Photonics. In 2002 he and his group moved to TU/e. In 2002 he was appointed LEOS Fellow for contributions to the field of Opto-Electronic Integration. He is leading the InP platform (JePPIX) in which Europe’s key players in InP technology cooperatie on two major European projects (EuroPIC and PARADIGM). He has held many invited and keynote presentations and led a number of major European projects.

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Projects 2014 2023

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 1977 2019

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

Photonics
Electronic equipment
Indium phosphide
Silicon
Light amplifiers

A 6 x 30 Gb/s tunable transmitter PIC with low RF crosstalk from an open-access InP foundry

Yao, W., Smalbrugge, B., Smit, M., Williams, K. & Wale, M., 1 Sep 2019, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 25, 5, 10 p., 6100510

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Indium phosphide
foundries
Laser tuning
Bragg gratings
Foundries

Nanophotonic membrane platform for integrated active devices and circuits

Pogoretskiy, V., 4 Apr 2019, Eindhoeven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 100 p.

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

Open Access
File

Past, present, and future of InP-based photonic integration

Smit, M., Williams, K. & van der Tol, J., 30 May 2019, In : APL Photonics. 4, 5, 10 p., 050901

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Indium phosphide
indium phosphides
Photonics
photonics
platforms
3 Citations (Scopus)

A novel broadband electro-absorption modulator based on bandfilling in n-InGaAs: design and simulations

van Engelen, J. P., Shen, L., Roelkens, G. C., Jiao, Y., Smit, M. K. & van der Tol, J. J. G. M., 2018, In : IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. 24, 1, 8 p., 3300108

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Modulators
modulators
broadband
simulation
footprints

Prizes

NOvel Large-scale InP-Membrane based Integration Technology & Science

Meint Smit (Recipient), 2011

Recognition: ERCAdvancedScientific

Photonics
Membranes
Silicon
Photonic integration technology
Electronic equipment

Activities 2003 2007

  • 3 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

ePIXnet Workshop on Access

Meint Smit (Organiser)
26 Mar 2007

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

ePIXnet Workshop on Access, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Meint Smit (Organiser)
26 Mar 2007

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

29th European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2003)

Meint Smit (Organiser)
20 Sep 2003

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

Press / Media

Insights from European CEOs: EPIC interviews former CEO, VLC Photonics

Meint Smit

22/05/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Photonics Integrated Circuit International Award Winners Announced

Meint Smit

10/03/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Half the awards at international photonics conference go to Eindhoven

Meint Smit

8/03/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Half the awards at the international photonics conference go to Eindhoven

Meint Smit

7/03/17

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Characterisation of ohmic contacts on n-InP and p-InGaAs based materials

Author: van Maasakkers, M., 28 Feb 2003

Supervisor: Karouta, F. (Supervisor 1) & Smit, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

File

Design of 1D photonic crystal mirrors

Author: van Rijn, M., 30 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Smit, M. (Supervisor 1) & van der Heijden, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Large-signal HEMT model : modeling and parameter extraction

Author: Ljevar, B., 30 Jun 2002

Supervisor: Smit, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

File

Tolerant and high performance 3x3 and 4x4 multimode interference couplers

Author: Van Vliet, E. M., 31 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Smit, M. (Supervisor 1), Leijtens, X. (Supervisor 2) & Pustakhod, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master