David Marpaung is a full professor and the chairholder of the Nonlinear Nanophotonics group. He is a fellow of Optica (formerly OSA). 

David received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2009. From 2009 to 2012 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Twente, working on microwave photonic system integration for optical beamforming. He joined CUDOS University of Sydney, Australia in August 2012 as a research fellow. From 2015 to 2017 he was a senior research fellow leading the nonlinear integrated microwave photonics research activities in CUDOS University of Sydney.

David was the recipient of the 2015 Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council and the 2017 Vidi award and the 2018 START UP grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2022 he received the ERC Consolidator grant. 

His research interests include RF photonics, photonic integration, nonlinear optics, and phononics. For more information visit his research group website.

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  • Physics

    • Microwave Photonics
    • Photonics
    • Brillouin Scattering
    • Frequencies
    • Silicon Nitride
    • Performance
    • Waveguide
    • Resonator


Ancillary activities

  • Bandung Insitute of Technology (ITB)Visiting professor at ITB Indonesia

My group performs research on advanced integrated photonic structures as platforms to enhance and control nonlinear and optomechanical interactions of light with matter. We pursue applications in next-generation microwave photonic signal processing systems and advanced light sources.

Research interests include:

- Integrated microwave photonics

- Brillouin scattering and optomechanics

- Nonlinear nanophotonics

- Silicon nitride photonics

For more information please visit my group website

More detailed publication list can be found here or from my Google Scholar page


Surface acoustic wave Brillouin scattering in a photonic integrated circuitIn 2023 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC). Neijts, G., Lai, C. K., Kramer Riseng, M., Choi, D.-Y., Yan, K., Marpaung, D., Madden, S. J., Eggleton, B. J. & Merklein, M.https://doi.org/10.1109/IPC57732.2023.10360748Research progress of on-chip linearization methods for microwave photonic systemsIn AOPC 2023: AI in Optics and Photonics, Article 129662D. SPIE. Liu, G., Tan, Q., Daulay, O., Ye, K., Deng, X., Zheng, F., Yu, H. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.1117/12.3008150Surface acoustic wave stimulated Brillouin scattering in thin-film lithium niobate waveguides. Ye, K., Feng, H., Klaver, Y., Keloth, A., Mishra, A., Wang, C. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2311.14697And the light said: "Let there be sound!". University of Twente. Marpaung, D.Compact multi-mode silicon-nitride micro-ring resonator with low lossAdvanced Photonics, 5(5), Article 050503. Ye, K. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.1117/1.AP.5.5.050503Stimulated Brillouin scattering in tellurite-covered silicon nitride waveguides. ArXiv.org. Botter, R. A., Klaver, Y., te Morsche, R., Segat Frare, B. L., Hashemi, B., Ye, K., Mishra, A., Braamhaar, R. B. G., Bradley, J. D. B. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2307.12814Brillouin and Kerr nonlinearities of a low-index silicon oxynitride platformAPL Photonics, 8(5), Article 051302. Ye, K., Klaver, Y., Gordillo, O. A. J., Botter, R., Daulay, O., Morichetti, F., Melloni, A. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0144854Linearized integrated microwave photonic circuit for filtering and phase shiftingAPL Photonics, 8(5), Article 051303. Liu, G., Ye, K., Daulay, O., Tan, Q., Yu, H. & Marpaung, D.https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0148464Modelling Brillouin activated microcombs in multi-layered silicon nitride waveguides, 276-278. Klaver, Y., Ye, K., Botter, R. A. & Marpaung, D.

Research profiles

I am currently coordinating and teaching the compulsory Applied Physics master course "Small Signals and Detection"

Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

Available projects for MSc and BSc assignments in my group are listed here. Feel free to contact me (d.a.i.marpaung@utwente.nl, office: Meander 127) if you are interested in these projects. Each project can be tailored either for MSc or BSc assignment.

Current projects

Light and Sound-based Signal processing in Silicon Nitride (NWO Vidi)

The project will focus on the study, design, and realization of silicon nitride-based optical waveguides and that efficiently guide and interact light and acoustic waves and support efficient stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) process. These new class of waveguides will form the basis a programmable Brillouin signal processing circuit with applications ranging from advanced lasers and optical frequency combs, telecommunications to integrated quantum photonics.

On-Chip Photonic Control of Gigahertz Phonons (NWO Start Up)

In this project, we aim to study the feasibility of controlling the properties gigahertz acoustic phonons in nanophotonic devices through nonlinear photonic interactions. The research will focus on photon-phonon coupling, coherent nonlinear optical processes, and manipulation of optical materials with tunable properties.


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