Research Interests: MEMS, Optical MEMS, Tunable Optical Microsystems, Optomechanics, Silicon Photonics, IntegrationJob Interests: Academic: Faculty Position
Niels Quack is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley, EECS Dept., with Prof. Ming C. Wu. His interests are in MEMS, Optical MEMS, Optomechanics, Silicon Photonics and Heterogeneous Integration.
Dr. Quack was born in Goettingen, Germany, and grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. He pursued his studies at EPF in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he received his MSc in Microengineering in 2005. During his studies, he was a participant in the European Erasmus Program, studying one year at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. For his best class result and one of the most excellent Master Theses 2005 at EPFL, he was awarded the "Prix de la commune d'Ecublens."
He conducted his PhD Thesis at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. J. Dual and co-examined by Prof. N. de Rooij. The thesis focused on the development of micromirrors for integrated tunable mid-infrared detectors and emitters. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2009.
MEMS-Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (MEPHI) [BPN678]
Active III-V photonic components and passive Si photonic circuits are integrated with CMOS electronic circuits in this project. The modular MEMS-Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (MEPHI) platform will make use of the high performance of the individual components and integrate (1) MEMS tunable VCSEL with high-index-contrast grating (HCG) mirrors, (2) photodetectors, (3) Si photonic waveguides, couplers, and interferometers, (4) high-efficiency vertical optical coupler between III-V and Si waveguides, and (5) CMOS circuits for frequency control and temperature compensation. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of the proposed MEPHI platform, a frequency-modulated continuous-wave laser detection and ranging (FMCW LADAR) source is being developed.