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IPQ News 2018
March, 2018: 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 2018), the largest conference and exhibit for optical communications and networking, with more than 15,500 attendees, 700 exhibitors from 65 countries, and over 850 peer reviewed technical presentations.
Christoph Füllner, PhD candidate at the IPQ, won the Grand Prize for his paper "Transmission of 80-GBd 16-QAM over 300 km and Kramers-Kronig Reception Using a Low-Complexity FIR Hilbert Filter Approximation" in a fierce competition among around 220 PhD submissions and five finalists.
The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition has been established in 2007. With three Grand Prize winners (2010, 2013, and 2018) and two honorable mentions (2012, 2016), the IPQ is demonstrating global leadership in the field.Learn more
March 15, 2018: A collaboration of researchers from the University of Paderborn, the Heinz Nixdorf Institut in Paderborn and KIT-Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics presented their postdeadline paper "64 GBd Monolithically Integrated Coherent QPSK Single Polarization Receiver in 0.25µm SiGe-Photonic Technology" the most recent results on a monolithically integrated coherent receiver at this year’s Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) in San Diego, 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
February 2018: Scientists of IPQ and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have demonstrated the fastest distance measurement so far. The researchers demonstrated on-the-fly sampling of a gun bullet profile with micrometer accuracy. The experiment relied on a soliton frequency comb generated in a chip-based optical microresonator made from silicon nitride. Potential applications comprise real-time 3D cameras based on highly precise and compact LIDAR systems. The publication appeared in Science Vol. 359, Issue 6378 today on 23 February 2018.
KIT Press release: German
Original publication: Science
IPQ News 2017
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
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
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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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.Learn more
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.
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.
Original publication: Nature
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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".