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IPQ News 2017

Prof. Dr. Christian Koos
ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Dr. Christian Koos

November 2017: Prof. Dr. Christian Koos received the ERC Consolidator Grant for his project TeraSHAPE (Terahertz Waveform Synthesis and Analysis Using Hybrid Photonic-Electronic Circuits). TeraSHAPE aims at establishing the foundations of novel signal processing concepts at T-wave frequencies between 100 GHz and 1 THz and at combining massively parallel processing in digital electronic circuits with synthesis and analysis of broadband waveforms in the optical domain.

The ERC awards funding to excellent investigators looking to set up or consolidate their own independent research team or programme to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research. The project of Prof. Dr. Christian Koos was selected among 2 538 submissions.

Press release KIT: German

Preisträger 2017
Gips Schüle Research Award 2017 goes to Sascha Mühlbrandt, Christian Koos and Manfred Kohl

November 2017: The IPQ/IMT team received the Gips Schüle Research Award (50.000 €) for their work on plasmonic internal photoemission detectors (PIPED). These devices combine ultra-compact footprint with electro-optical bandwidths of hundreds of GHz and have the potential to act as ultra-fast interfaces between optical and wireless communication networks. The Gips Schüle Research Award honors and supports outstanding performance in applied research in the area of “People and Technology” and is awarded biannually by the Gips Schüle Foundation.

Press release KIT: German

KDOP 2017
KSOP Publication Award 2017 for Pablo Marin-Palomo

November 2017: Pablo Marin-Palomo received this year's KSOP Publication Award for his active participation in KSOP and his outstanding publication “Microresonator-based solitons for massively parallel coherent optical communications” in the well-known journal Nature.

Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (KSOP) provides the bi-annual Karlsruhe Days of Optics & Photonics (KDOP) to support close partnerships with leaders from industry and academia and to deepen the existing knowledge network.

This year's KDOP was held on November 7-8, 2017.

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ECOC 2017 - Post-Deadline Paper

September 2017: IPQ researchers will present their most recent results on integrating highly-efficient silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) modulators into a photonic multi-chip module at this year’s European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Gothenburg, Sweden. The work at the frontier of integrated optics exploits the concept of photonic wire bonding and highlights the potential of hybrid multi-chip integration for building small and energy-efficient transceivers that support advanced modulation formats. ECOC is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe.

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Preistraeger Neuland 2017
KIT Innovation Award NEULAND 2017

June 2017: During this year’s Innovation Day NEULAND at KIT, IMT/IPQ team (Muhammad R. Billah, Matthias Blaicher, Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich, Tobias Hoose, and Prof. Dr. Christian Koos) won the 2nd prize for their project „3D printing of photonic wire bonds on chip level”. NEULAND is an event where participants have the possibility to get to know innovative ideas, technologies and start-up projects of students, scientific employees and professors.

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Nature: Massively parallel optical transmission using microresonator soliton combs

June, 2017: We are proud to present our recent results on high-speed communications using Kerr frequency combs and to have set a new record for optical data transmission: The work demonstrates massively parallel wavelength-division multiplexing at data rates beyond 50 Tbit/s. This was accomplished by exploiting solitons for broadband frequency comb generation in Kerr-nonlinear microresonators. The publication appeared in Nature Vol 546 today on 08 June 2017.

KIT Press release: German, English

Media response: IEEE Spectrum, Spektrum der Wissenschaft 8.17

Original publication: Nature

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Four Post-Deadline Papers with IPQ Contributions Accepted at OFC 2017

March 23, 2017: With four accepted papers and a high acceptance rate, IPQ researchers were extraordinarily successful at this year’s Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) in Los Angeles, California, USA.  OFC Post-Deadline papers represent the latest groundbreaking technical achievements in the field, and only a few are selected by a panel of experts in a highly competitive process. OFC is indisputably the world's leading global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals.

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SCOOTER – Silicon-organic Hybrid Transceivers for Terabit/s Data Networks

February 2017: The project "SCOOTER – Silicon-organic Hybrid Transceivers for Terabit/s Data Networks" has been selected for funding in the framework of the Proof of Concept initiative of the European Research Council (ERC-PoC). SCOOTER aims at evaluating the commercial potential of power-efficient high-speed electro-optic modulators that combine the processing advantages of silicon photonic integration with the wealth of optical properties provided by organic electro-optic materials.

The team of KIT researchers headed by Christian Koos will receive EUR 150,000 for exploring the innovative potential of their results. The ERC Proof of Concept initiative aims at supporting ERC grantees to bridge the gap between research and the early-stage commercialization.

KIT press releases: German, English

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Best Poster Prize Awarded to Matthias Blaicher

January, 2017: Matthias Blaicher is awarded the best poster prize at the international workshop "Merging Micro- and Nano-Optics: 3D Printing for Advanced and Functional Optics", which took place in Bad Honnef, Germany. The prize was awarded for his poster on "Multi-Chip Integration by Photonic Wire Bonding".



IPQ News 2016

ADVA Best Paper Award
ADVA best student paper award granted to Aleksandar Nesic

September, 2016: Aleksandar Nesic was awarded the best student paper award at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2016) in Düsseldorf, Germany, for his paper "Hybrid 2D/3D Photonic Integration for Non-Planar Circuit Topologies".

ECOC is one of the two major conferences in the field of optical communications. Aleksandar Nesic and co-workers not only made it into the oral session, but were awarded the 1st prize in a fierce competition among estimated 300 PhD submissions. The ADVA Best Student Paper Award recognizes remarkable research results and an outstanding presentation. The award-giving jury consisted of the Conference General Chairs, the Technical Program Chairs, and a representative of the sponsor ADVA Optical Networking.

Looking back on the 2016 Post ECOC Workshop

September, 2016: The Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics looks back on the successful 2016 Post ECOC Workshop "Network Systems and Devices for IoT Era", which took place on September 23, 2016 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), International Department (ID), in Karlsruhe. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics in the area of Network Systems, Photonic Devices and Transmission Technology and to share ideas with colleagues.

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Tailored Probe Tips for Atomic Force Microscopes
Tailored Probe Tips for Atomic Force Microscopes

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.

KIT Press release: German, English

Media response: AIP Publishing, nanotechweb.org, phys.org, EurekAlert!, Elektronik

Original publication: Applied Physics Letters

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Silicon-plasmonic internal-photoemission detector for 40  Gbit/s data reception

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.

Press release: German, English

Media response: LaserFocusWorld, Elektronik Praxis, phys.org, ScienceDaily, ScienceNewsline, IP-Insider.de, Elektronik, CHEMIE.DE, c't

Original publication: Optica

OFC 2016 winners
Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition: Stefan Wolf is one of this year’s honorable mention winners at OFC 2016

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.

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Nature Communications: Lasing in silicon–organic hybrid waveguides

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.

Press release: German, English

Original publication: Nature Communications