Development of state‑of‑the‑art electro-optic components

Publication date 15.01.2014

The VUB’s Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) is a multidisciplinary research group with strong entrepreneurial spirit, conducting research with an economic outcome. ETRO is recognized as an IOF knowledge center based on its academic and industrial network and track record. As part of the ETRO Laboratory for Micro- & Photonelectronics (LAMI), Werner Vandermeiren focuses on the development of state‑of‑the‑art electrooptic components such as a patented thin-disk medium infrared light modulator aimed at the CO2-laser market. Since June 2013, an IWT innovation project will help to bring this technology to the next level of maturity and to explore different application fields so that it can be brought to the market through a spin-off company. It has the potential of being the key-technology in the next generation of giant-pulsed Q‑switched CO2 lasers for industrial and medical applications.

Within the ETRO‑LAMI research group, the way towards spin-off companies was paved with Ecqologic, a leading technology company specialized in high-speed data transmission using copper cables and SoftKinetic, specialized in depth-sense time-of-flight cameras. LAMI’s research on millimeter-wave based sensors has proved to be very industrially relevant with an extremely wide application pool going from non-destructive testing to sensing chemical and biomolecular interactions with unrivaled sensitivities. This makes it a good candidate for being one of the next start-ups within the ETRO-LAMI research group.