CUDOS and ACP to partner on research


CUDOS and the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on research initiatives on future photonic components.

The partnership of CUDOS and ACP is an exciting match with a trans-continental reach – both centers expect that their complementary expertise will create an added value along the whole chain of research and development of future photonic components. In September 2014, CUDOS Director Professor Benjamin Eggleton visited the Centre in Jena and signed with ACP Director Professor Thomas Pertsch a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster the trans-continental collaboration. The MoU was further embedded in a two-day scientific workshop on optical materials, photonic devices and nonlinear optics to ignite future collaborative projects between the centers. “We are very excited about the approach of this event. The Memorandum of Understanding and the workshop are excellent first steps in establishing and promoting long-lasting synergies in photonics research around the globe,” both Eggleton and Pertsch agree.


CUDOS Director Prof Benjamin Eggleton and ACP Director Prof Thomas Pertsch signed the Memorandum of Understanding on September 15, 2014

CUDOS and ACP will team up to tackle one of the major challenges which photonic technologies are expected to meet in the 21st century: the bottleneck of electronic components in the IT industry. The photonics community shares the vision to develop unprecedented fast, small and cheap optical computer chips.

While ACP tackles this goal by exploring the fundamentals of novel photonic materials and miniaturized light sources, CUDOS fosters the development of photonic chips for all-optical signal processing. On the one hand, within ACP’s core research domain Ultra Optics, the German center’s principal scientists strive to attain control of light and of all its properties, which would potentially allow for using light as an instrument, tool or carrier of information. Among others, ACP combines laser physics, nanooptics, photonic materials and optical design in a synergistic way.
The CUDOS mission, on the other hand, focuses on integrated nanophotonics for all-optical information processing as well as on signal processing applications with excellent power efficiency. By going to single photon power levels, CUDOS scientists also aim at opening up a host of applications on the quantum scale. These exciting research opportunities will be explored by CUDOS over the coming years to develop ultrafast signal processors, quantum photonic processors, and integrated photonic devices for the mid infrared.