CUDOS joins ACP at photonics workshop in Jena


The CUDOS-ACP workshop on Nano-optical systems exploiting nonlinear effects in Jena, Germany was attended by Andrey Sukhorukov and Dragomir Neshev from ANU; Mike Steel from Macquarie University; Birgit Stiller, Andrea Blanco-Redondo, Mike Smith and Ben Eggleton from the University of Sydney; and Chris Poulton from UTS. The workshop formed part of the DokDok annual doctorial students conference on optics, held this year from 25-27 September.

On the first full day in Jena, CUDOS attendees gave talks on their specific topics at the DokDok conference held in a castle, Schloss Oppurg, just outside of Jena. Researchers from the Abbe Centre of Photonics (ACP) and invited speakers also gave talks on topics ranging from Brillouin scattering theory to hybrid optical fibers as a base for single virus tracking. On Tuesday attendees had lab tours at different institutes (Helmholtz Institute, Leibnitz Institute, Abbe Center of Photonics) and discussed future collaborative research conducted by the ACP and CUDOS.

CUDOS and the ACP at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany have had a long association. In 2014 the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding officially agreeing to continue their trans-continental collaboration on photonics research, particularly in developing faster and more compact optical computer and smart phone chips.

Interestingly, the inspiration for DokDok itself occurred many years ago after the ACP’s Falk Eilenberger took part in the KOALA conference during his time at CUDOS. Now it is organised by local students and research students from all over Germany attend the conference.

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