Microwave and Opto-Electronics
The research interests of the Microwave and Optoelectronics group cover a number of topics in the areas of high-frequency electronics and optoelectronics.
Activities in high-frequency electronics include the design, modeling and characterization of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits, besides active and passive components, with particular attention to high-efficiency, high linearity microwave power amplifiers and GaN-based MMICs for terrestrial (5G) and space applications.
Activities in optoelectronics include the development of tools for the simulation and design of NIR semiconductor lasers (quantum dot lasers, lasers for integration in silicon photonic platforms, high-speed directly modulated lasers, mode-locked and comb lasers, VCSELs...), superluminescent light emitting diodes for optical coherent tomography, GaN-based LEDs, high-efficiency solar cells, far-infrared (HgCdTe, T2SL) focal plane arrays, near-infrared detectors for silicon photonics plaforms, electrooptic and electroabsorption modulators, and plasmonic PICs.
The physics-based modeling of electronic / optoelectronic materials and devices through techniques ranging from NEGF to full-band Monte Carlo to PDE-based models has been an area of investigation during the last 30 years, with particular attention to simulation techniques for sensitivity, variability and noise analysis in electronic devices.
The research group has also expertise in the modeling of organic solar cells and transistors, and in the design of sensor interfaces for monitoring in harsh environments. The group experimental facilities include the Microwave Electronics Laboratory and part of the Photonext laboratory.
- Characterization and modelling of microwave devices and circuits
- Chip Level EMC Measurements
- Complex system approach to microwave circuit stability assessment
- Efficiency and reliability of visible and UV light emitting diodes
- Efficient sensitivity simulation of semiconductor devices
- Electro-optic and Electro-absorption modulators
- Electromagnetics and food
- EMC design techniques in power electronic systems
- Extension of the direct modulation bandwidth of semiconductor laser diodes
- Far-infrared image sensor design
- Full-band Monte Carlo electron transport simulation
- Hardware and Software solutions to reduce the electromagnetic emission of power modules
- High-speed switching power semiconductor devices
- Innovative control techniques for DC-DC switch-mode conversion systems
- Integrated current sensors for smart power applications
- Microwave circuit and system design
- Multiphysics CAD of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs)
- Multiscale physics-based modeling of optoelectronic devices
- Noise device simulation
- Non-conventional computation techniques for Deep Learning
- Photovoltaic cells
- Reliability of wireless sensor networks in harsh enviroments
- Semiconductor devices for microwave power applications
- Si and III-V photonic integrated circuits
- Smart multi-sensored modular autonomous pipeline monitoring
- Ultra-Low Power, Mostly Digital, Integrated Interfaces for the Internet of Things
- Wireless communications systems in harsh and hostile environments