August, 2016. IPQ/IMT/APH researchers demonstrate a novel kind of custom-made probe tips for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The tips are fabricated by direct-write 3D lithography, building upon experience gained from research in photonic integration. This approach offers great potential for wafer-scale fabrication of custom AFM probes. The work has been published as a featured article in Applied Physics Letters (APL) and is advertised on the title page.
Original publication: Applied Physics Letters
July, 2016. Publication in Optica: IPQ/IMT researchers demonstrate a novel class of high-speed and ultra-compact plasmonic photodetectors on the silicon platform operating at a wavelength of 1550 nm. The detection principle relies on internal photoemission at metal-silicon interfaces, enabling reception of optical data at rates up to 40 Gbit/s while the device footprint is below 1 µm². The new silicon-plasmonic photodetectors could lead to ultra-compact chip-to-chip interconnects operating at high data rates.
Original publication: Optica
March, 2016: The OSA Foundation and Corning Inc. announced the winners of the annual Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition at this year's Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC 2016), the largest conference and exhibit for optical communications and networking. Stefan Wolf was selected as a honorable mention winner for his paper "An Energy-Efficient 252 Gbit/s Silicon-Based IQ-Modulator".
The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition recognizes innovation, research excellence and presentation abilities in optical communications. The competition is endowed by a grant from Corning Inc. and administered by the OSA Foundation.Learn more
March, 2016: Publishing in the well-known journal Nature Communications, IPQ/IMT researchers demonstrate a novel class of infrared lasers that can be fabricated on the silicon photonic platform. The lasers rely on the silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) approach and combine nanophotonic silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguides with dye-doped organic cladding materials that provide optical gain. We show pulsed laser emission at 1310 nm with peak output powers of more than 1 W. The SOH approach offers enormous potential for efficient mass-production of silicon photonic biosensors.
Original publication: Nature Communications