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IPQ News 2014



  • Maiman Student Paper Competition: Matthias Lauermann was selected as a Maiman Honorable Mention Recipient


    June, 2014: The OSA Foundation announced the winners of the annual Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition related to CLEO 2014. Among 965 submissions and six finalists, Matthias Lauermann was selected as a Maiman Honorable Mention Recipient for his paper ā€œ16QAM Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) Modulator Operating with 0.6 Vpp and 19 fJ/bit at 112 Gbit/sā€.

    The Maiman Outstanding Student Paper Competition honors American physicist Theodore Maiman for his invention of the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. It recognizes student innovation and research excellence in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics. The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by The OSA Foundation.

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  • Looking back on the 115th Annual Meeting of the the German Society for Applied Optics (DGaO)

    June, 2014. The Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics looks back on the successful 115th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Applied Optics (DGaO). More than 260 representatives of industry, scientists and students attended the event from 10th to 14th June at the Concert House (Konzerthaus) in Karlsruhe. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics and to share ideas with colleagues and exhibitors.

    DGaO Proceedings

  • Nature Photonics: Terabit communications with miniaturized optical frequency comb source

    April 14, 2014. Publishing in the well-known journal Nature Photonics, we present our recent results obtained with microresonator-based frequency combs. For the first time, we show that these so-called Kerr combs can be used for coherent data transmission systems and enable data rates of more than a terabit/s. Such sources could be used for example for chip-scale terabit/s optical interconnects.

    Press release: German, English (download pdf; 2,4 MB)

    Original publication: Nature Photonics


  • Nature Photonics: High-speed plasmonic phase modulators

    In the March 2014 issue of Nature Photonics, we report on high-speed plasmonic phase modulators integrated with a silicon photonic circuit. By combing Plasmonics and the electro-optic effect in organic materials, we demonstrate 40 Gbit / s operation of the plasmonic modulator. This is the first time ever that a plasmonic modulator is used to encode a 40 Gbit / s data stream on the phase of surface plasmon polariton.

    Press release: English (download pdf; 196 KB), German (download pdf; 213 KB)

    Original publication: Nature Photonics