Jeroen Beeckman


Jeroen Beeckman is professor at the ELIS Department of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University.

Jeroen Beeckman was born in Zottegem, in 1979. In 2002 he received a degree in physics engineering at the faculty of Engineering at Ghent University and joined the Liquid Crystals and Photonics group. When graduated as an engineer in July 2002, Jeroen Beeckman has won the AIG Isabella van Portugal price 2002, which rewards the student with the best total result during the complete 5 year studies of engineering.

On May 9th 2006, he successfully defended his PhD thesis in public and earned the title of Doctor of Engineering Physics. The topic of the doctoral thesis is "Lateral light propagation and spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals. From 2006 to 2012 he was post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO). In 2009 he was appointed as lecturer at Ghent University and in 2013 he was appointed as associate professor (hoofddocent).

His research interests are devoted to the combination of optics, physics and electronics. In particular I am active in the field of electro-optic materials, ranging from liquid crystals to thin films (such as BTO & PZT). Applications of such materials are displays, beam steering, nonlinear optics, fast optical shutters and high speed integrated optical modulators.

Jeroen Beeckman

 Research interests

 Induced modulation instability

Induced modulation instability in liquid crystals


Tunable wavelength filter


Spatial soliton in liquid crystal

Propagation of a spatial soliton beam in nematic liquid crystal

Finished PhDs under my supervision


pdf-version of the Phd thesis of Jeroen Beeckman.

Publications of Jeroen Beeckman in the UGent Database.


prof. dr. ir. Jeroen Beeckman
Ghent University, ELIS Department
Tech Lane Ghent Science Park – Campus A
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15, 9052 Gent, Belgium
Phone: +32 9 264.33.76 Fax: +32 9 264.35.94