Kristof Dens

High-speed dielectric waveguide links

mm-Wave and THz CMOS design

Current research topic

Career overview

Kristof Dens was born in Lommel, Belgium in 1992. He received the M.Sc. In Electronics and Integrated Circuits from KU Leuven in 2015. The title of his Master's thesis was "Design of a distributed laser driver for +10 Gbit/s optical communication".

From 2015 to 2016, he was with ICsense, Leuven, where he developed analog sensor front-ends as an Analog Design Engineer.

From 2017 to 2018, he was with the Poly-Grames Research Center, Montreal, where he worked on high-speed serial communication links and the implementation of radar localization algorithms. 

Since August 2018 he has been a Research Assitant at MICAS, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D.


A 100-Gb/s 3-m Dual-Band PAM-4 Dielectric Waveguide Link with 1.9 pJ/bit/m Efficiency in 28-nm CMOS Kristof Dens, Joren Vaes, christian bluemm, gabriel guimaraes, berke gungor, changsong xie, alexander dyck, and patrick Reynaert · Conference Proceeding · Jul 24. 2023 2023 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC); 2023; pp. 13 - 16
A PAM4 Dielectric Waveguide Link in 28 nm CMOS Kristof Dens, Joren Vaes, Simon Ooms, Martin Wagner, and Patrick Reynaert · Conference Proceeding · Jan 1. 2021 ESSCIRC 2021 - IEEE 47TH EUROPEAN SOLID STATE CIRCUITS CONFERENCE (ESSCIRC); 2021; pp. 479 - 482
Plastic Microwave Fibers at Millimeter-wave and THz Frequencies as a Low Cost Data Link Joren Vaes, Kristof Dens, Guillaume Ducournau, and Patrick Reynaert · Conference Proceeding · Jan 1. 2021 2021 IEEE MTT-S INTERNATIONAL MICROWAVE SYMPOSIUM (IMS); 2021; pp. 589 - 591
Modeling and Optimization of Plasmonic Detectors for Beyond-CMOS Plasmonic Majority Logic Gates Samantha Lubaba Noor, Kristof Dens, Patrick Reynaert, Francky Catthoor, Dennis Lin, Pol Van Dorpe, and Azad Naeemi · Article · Sep 15. 2020 Journal Of Lightwave Technology; 2020; Vol. 38; iss. 18; pp. 5092 - 5099
Polymer Microwave Fiber: a New Communication Concept That Blends Wireless, Wireline and Optical Communication Patrick Reynaert, Joren Vaes, Kristof Dens, Carl D'heer, Dragan Simic, Bart Philippe, and Simon Ooms · Conference Proceeding · Jan 1. 2019 Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS); 2019; pp. 755 - 758