Katarzyna Balakier

Research

My research interests include photonic integration, microwave and terahertz photonics.
I focus on laser frequency and phase stabilisation techniques as well as development of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for telecommunication and space applications.
Photonic integrated circuits and laser stabilisation techniques have potential to modernise some of the existing communication systems and, due to their small size, are of great interest for the air-born applications.

Research projects that I have been involved in:

  • PICSAT - Photonic systems for next generation satellites

    Project focuses on using key advances in photonic integrated solutions in satellite payloads (modules). An integrated photonics approach allows for several optoelectronic functionalities (lasers, photodiodes, etc.) to be monolithically integrated on a single chip. Such integration improves robustness, reduces losses between individual devices and, most importantly, offers ease of scalability, low mass and small footprint, creating great prospects to reduce the cost of satellites.

  • HyperTHz - High precision terahertz spectroscopy and microscopy

    In this programme we will create the first comprehensive instrumentation for precise THz frequency spectroscopy, microscopy, and coherent control. This will be based upon our unique and proprietary capabilities to generate, and manipulate photonically, THz signals of unprecedentedly narrow (Hz) linewidth and with sub-wavelength spatial resolution.

  • COTS - COherent Terahertz Systems

  • IPHOBAC-NG - Integrated Photonic Broadband Radio Access Units for Next Generation Optical Access Networks

  • iPHOS - Integrated photonic transceivers at sub-terahertz wave range for ultra-wideband wireless communications

  • MITEPHO - MIcrowave and TErahertz PHOtonics