Welcome to the Koç University Microphotonics Research Laboratory in Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus, College of Sciences Building, in Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey.

Koç University Microphotonics Research Laboratory focuses its experimental, theoretical, and numerical research efforts on application areas such as microcavity physics, optoelectronic devices, optical fiber communication, integrated photonics, silicon photonics, laser spectroscopy, and laser diagnostics.

Research Topics

The state-of-the-art research encompasses the design, fabrication, characterization, and testing of novel photonic and optoelectronic components, and their applications in optical fiber communication and integrated photonics towards quantum communication and quantum computation. Photonic and optoelectronic structures such as monolithic high quality factor optical microcavities, distributed waveguides as well as novel dielectric and semiconductor materials are used for the realization of these photonic and optoelectronic components.

Research Infrastructure and Sponsors

The research efforts are sponsored by Koç University, Yale University, Lucent Technologies, Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK), The British Council (BC), The European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD), The European Commission (EC), and The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The main equipment includes fast pulse lasers such as neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet, dye, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, excimer, titanium sapphire, and continuous wave (CW) tunable semiconductor diode lasers (800-1600 nm), optoelectronic communication test and measurement equipment, optical spectrometers (300-3000 nm), optical tables, and various state-of-the-art optoelectronic and optomechanical equipment.

Research Collaborators

Joint research efforts are conducted with Politecnico di Milano, University of Roma, Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Essex University, Harvard University, and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milano and Roma. We are always looking for strong partners and collaborators for pursuing research in novel photonic and optoelectronic components, and their applications in optical fiber communication and integrated photonics towards quantum communication and quantum computation

Researcher Formation

Former members of the laboratory continue their academic careers at Bogaziçi University, Middle East Technical University, Koç University, Sabancı University, Işık University, Yale University, Boston University, University of Central Florida, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Southern Methodist University, University of California Irvine, University of Colorado Boulder, Washington University in Saint Louis, Delft University of Technology, Gent University, Kassel University, University of Twente, and Hasselt University.

Graduates are currently working or have previously worked as researchers at Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu (TÜBİTAK) in Kocaeli; Doğu Anadolu Gözlemevi (DAG) Project in Erzurum; Borda Techologies in Istanbul, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO) in Delft; Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center (IMEC) in Leuven; Max Born Institute in Berlin; ASML in Feldhoven; Intel in Santa Clara, California; InPhi in Santa Clara, California; and BD Medical in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; and GE Healthcare , Tokyo and as faculty members at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara; Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun; Air University, Islamabad; and Ulusal Nanoteknoloji Merkezi (UNAM), Bilkent University, Ankara.