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Mon, 25 Mar 2024 09:45
Mon, 25 Mar 2024 10:30
Luc Augustin

Luc Augustin, SMART Photonics, Netherlands


The field of integrated photonics holds great promise for overcoming societal challenges in data and telecom, autonomous driving and healthcare in terms of cost, performance, and scalability. Similar to the semiconductor industry, the ever-increasing demands of various applications are driving the necessity for platform integration in photonics as well, enabling seamless integration of diverse functionalities into compact and efficient photonic devices. This high level of integration reduces footprint and drives down system level costs. In this trend towards high levels of integration , Indium Phosphide (InP) is the material of choice for long-distance communication lasers, owing to its proven track record over several decades. Leveraging standardized fabrication processes, the cost and performance targets can be addressed. The key advantages of InP-based integration lie in its ability to fully integrate lasers, amplifiers, modulators, and passives, providing a flexible and reliable platform for building complex Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). This paper will address the photonic integration platforms, the applicability to current and future markets requiring the need for further heterogenous integration with other technologies, and the change to a foundry business model, much like its electronics counterpart.


Luc Augustin received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. He is the CTO of SMART Photonics, where he is responsible for the technology roadmap, strategy and R&D. His expertise is in photonics, fabrication and characterisation of InP photonic integrated circuits. Prior to SMART he worked at Solland Solar, Philips Research and Cedova, where he always has been active in the development, pilot production and optimization of innovative technologies.
End of 2023 Luc is appointed as part-time Associate Professor at TU/e Eindhoven. His area of research is large scale integration of PICs.
He is board member of the IEEE Photonics Benelux chapter, member of the JePPIX steering committee, and member of the Board of Stakeholders of Photonics21.