Photonics Summer Symposium 2017: graduation time!

BySophie Messens

Photonics Summer Symposium 2017: graduation time!

Introduced only a few years ago, the Photonics Summer Symposium has already become a traditional event to close the academic year.

The Summer Symposium is organized during two days, at UGent and at VUB, where second master students can finally celebrate their graduation after two years of hard work and intense coursework.

First they need to present and defend their master thesis project to a jury and in front of their fellow-students.

Students still staying abroad for international exchange, could follow all presentations and the invited lecture via live-streams. They will have the chance to present their master thesis project in September.

The first day at Ghent University, the following master students presented their project:

  • Tong Cui –  “Critical coupling in plasmonic resonators” (in collaboration with ETH Zurich)
  • Frederik Van Acker –  “Tracking and index sensing of cells during differentiation with intracellular WGM lasers” (in collaboration with St Andrews University)
  • Lucas Oorlynck – “Design and fabrication of liquid crystal cells for smart contact lenses”
  • Tsieu Yip – “Advanced electrical characterization of Kesterite thin film solar cells with different zinc and tin contents”
  • Brecht Berteloot – “Optical sensor readout system using a tunable Bragg grating filter”
  • Tzu-Te Yang – “Imprinted guided-mode resonance grating refractive index sensor”.

The second day of the symposium following students presented at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

  • Anissa Sefsaf –  “High speed CMOS receiver with integrated photodetector”
  • Liang Wang – “Expanded beam fiber connector components based on 3D nanoprinted optical structures”.

Based on all presentations and master dissertations, the jury decided to award Tong Cui with the Award for Best Master Thesis 2017.

Further Prof. Christophe Caucheteur (UMons) presented “Towards in vivo diagnosis with plasmonic optical fibre immunosensors” during an invited talk.

To close this year’s edition of the Photonics Summer Symposium, students and professors enjoyed a delicious graduation lunch outdoors served by foodtrucks at the beautiful VUB Campus.


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