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Research profile

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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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., 1 Feb 2020, In : Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science. 217, 3, 12 p., 1900606.

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    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

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    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

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    High resolution grating antennas for beam steering on the IMOS platform

    Wang, Y., van Engelen, J. P., Reniers, S., van Rijn, M., Zhang, X., Cao, Z., Dolores Calzadilla, V., Williams, K. A., Smit, M. & Jiao, Y., 2 Nov 2019, 2019 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference, ACP 2019 - Proceedings. OSA Publishing, 3 p. M4B.5

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  • Prizes

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

    M.K. Smit (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

  • Activities

    • 3 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

    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

    ePIXnet Workshop on Access

    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

    OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs

    Meint Smit

    23/03/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Photonics Integrated Circuit International Award Winners Announced

    M.K. Smit

    10/03/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Half the awards at international photonics conference go to Eindhoven

    M.K. Smit

    8/03/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    OFC 2017: A Comprehensive Global Optics Assembly

    Meint Smit

    8/03/17

    1 item 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

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    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

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    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