Welcome to Brussels Photonics B-PHOT.
We are a self-supporting research and innovation institute of the Faculty of Engineering of Vrije Universiteit Brussel with 35 years of experience in photonics education, research and innovation.
B-PHOT is an international and gender-balanced community hosting 70 experts from 20 countries.
Our continuous mission is to advance photonics, the key digital technology that uses the unique properties of light to innovate. As such we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
We are recognized by the Flemish Government as “Photonics Spearhead for Industrial Research and Innovation" because of our track record for transferring photonics expertise and innovation breakthroughs to companies.
B-PHOT is also uniquely involved as coordinator of the EC-funded pan-European initiative ACTPHAST that supports both SMEs and researchers with photonics innovation.
B-PHOT is a core research group of Flanders Make, the strategic research center for manufacturing and industry 4.0 in Flanders.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Hugo Thienpont
Research Director of B-PHOT
In the spotlight
ERC Starting Grant for VUB Brussels Photonics researcher Martin VirteB-PHOT and Vrije Universiteit Brussel researcher Martin Virte has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his project COLOR’UP. Virte will investigate how multi-color lasers could be exploited to process optical signals at ultra-high frequencies.
Hamamatsu Applied Photonics Innovation ChairWith this chair Hamamatsu Photonics wants to intensify its contacts with B-PHOT researchers and stay in touch with B-PHOT's latest research breakthroughs and their potential applications.
Photonics Campus GooikHave a quick tour at our Photonics Innovation Center with clean room facilities, technology hall and laser laboraties.