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Optical Distance Measurement
Science: Ultrafast optical ranging using microresonator soliton frequency combs

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

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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