At this place it happensElectrons meet photons

Located in the Centre for Semiconductor Technology and Optoelectronics, the chair has had a first-class technical infrastructure since 1998. Together with the Semiconductor Technology Department, the staff use a clean room laboratory with more than 470 square metres of space. In addition to numerous European projects, the Chair of Optoelectronics is also involved in the Centre for Nanointegration CENIDE and the NanoEnergyTechnologyCentre NETZ.

Research and teaching in the field of optoelectronics

With this video we welcome our students and all those who are interested in our courses and research activities. The film was made in September 2020 as part of a faculty-wide project. In addition to the German soundtrack, English subtitles are also available.

Are you looking for a topic for your final paper or project?

In the summer semester 2023, we offer the following topics, among others, as Bachelor's, Master's or project work:

  • Development of optically steerable planar multiband terahertz antennas
  • Development of 200 THz infrared antennas for LIDAR applications
  • Early detection of skin cancer by millimetre wave and terahertz spectroscopy
  • Real-time fibre-optic radio network for industrial automation technology
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Photonic-excited Integrated THz Beam Steering Antennas

Hetero-integrated InP-based THz antenna array chips have been fabricated and successfully deployed for THz image scanners and mobile THz communications. The video shows wireless communication for the generation after 5G with data rates of over 20 Gbit/s at 300 GHz carrier frequency and beam steering angles of about 45°.

Photonic sensor for skin cancer detection

Millimetre waves (mm-waves) in the range of 30-300 GHz have shorter wavelengths compared to microwaves and therefore only penetrate a few millimetres into the human body. This enables them to detect pathological changes in the skin layers, which are the starting point of most skin tumours. Other biomedical applications of mm-waves include detecting non-invasive dental caries, monitoring blood glucose, assessing corneal hydration, monitoring wound healing and observing human vital signs. Although these concepts are promising, there are significant challenges to overcome to ensure reliable and stable monitoring using mm-waves. This includes the development of a high-precision instrument for skin monitoring.

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Award for Sebastian Dülme MWP 2019 Best Paper Award

Special recognition was given to the development of a novel photonic two-tone terahertz spectroscopy and imaging system, which earned Sebastian Dülme the "Best Student Paper Award (2nd Place)" for his paper "300 GHz Photonic Self-Mixing Imaging-System with vertically illuminated Triple-Transit-Region Photodiode Terahertz Emitters".

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6.5 million euros for Terahertz Integration Centre 6G and state-of-the-art radars

In order to be able to invest in new production facilities and equipment, the university will receive over 6.5 million euros from state and EU funds*. This will create a terahertz integration centre (THz-IZ) that is unique in Germany.

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Research Laboratories Microelectronics Germany ZHO receives € 3.96 million in funding

The Microelectronics Research Laboratory for High-Frequency Beam Forming - ForLab SmartBeam - is being built at the University of Duisburg-Essen, funded by the BMBF.

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Faster radio data transmission with RAPID

At the beginning of the year, the European Union, together with Japan, had published a call for collaborative research projects in four specially selected technology areas. Within each of the four focal areas, only one project was to be funded. In the area of "Access Networks for Densely Located User Areas", Duisburg University and its international partners were able to prevail over many other consortia.

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European Network for High Performance Integrated Microwave Photonics

The aim of this COST Activity is to explore new optical technologies and photonically integrated chips (PIC) for future applications in radar, communications and space. Photonic integration should enable connectivities and capacities far beyond the limits of today's electronic systems.

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Mobile Material Characterization and Localization by Electromagnetic Sensing

More than 100 years ago, scientists invented the mobile camera to take pictures anywhere. More than 30 years ago, engineering scientists invented the mobile phone to make phone calls anywhere. Now it is time to invent a Mobile Material Detector to determine MAteRIaliEn from any surface as well as inside an object at any location.

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