May 2020: IPQ researchers have demonstrated chiplet-based optical communication engines that exploit 3D-printed freeform waveguides as chip-chip connections. These so-called photonic wire bonds are fabricated in-situ onto the chips by advanced 3D lithography and can efficiently connect a wide variety of waveguide types on different integration platforms. By greatly simplifying the assembly of advanced photonic multi-chip modules, the technique has the potential to transform a variety of applications, ranging from high-speed communications and ultra-fast signal processing to optical sensing and quantum information processing.
Original publication: Light: Science & Applications
May 2020: 16 May 2020 is the 60th Anniversary of the invention of the laser by Maiman. On this occasion, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has published a movie on important innovations related to laser light. Following the award of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis to IPQ researchers in 2018, this movie also features our research on 3D-printed waveguides as one of such applications.Video on YouTube
March, 2020: Philipp Trocha, PhD candidate at the IPQ, was recognized as Reviewer of the Month March 2020 in Nature Communications Physics for his exceptional contributions to peer review. With the award, the journal highlights the importance of a critical evaluation of new research before its publication.Learn more