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811. WE-Heraeus-Seminar beleuchtet "Photonik für die Informationsverarbeitung" (Photonics for Information Processing)

811th WE-Heraeus Seminar sheds light on "Photonics for Information Processing"

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They were responsible for the scientific organisation of the 811th WE-Heraeus Seminar (from left): Prof. Dr Nadja-Carola Bigall, Prof. Dr Antonio Calà Lesina and Prof. Dr Michael Kues.

The 811th WE-Heraeus Seminar is dedicated to "Photonics for Information Processing" and will take place from 2 to 5 June 2024 at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef. The three PhoenixD members Prof. Dr. Nadja-Carola Bigall, Prof. Dr. Antonio Calà Lesina and Prof. Dr. Michael Kues, have taken on the scientific organisation. Interested Master's students, doctoral students and postdocs can already register for participation.

Photonics is an evolving field with immense potential to address the ever-increasing demands of information processing and data transmission. Despite promising breakthroughs, current developments and research efforts are slowed down by moderate device efficiencies as well as detrimental reliability and production time of device fabrication. The demonstration of the full advantage of photonics in information processing still requires addressing several challenges. These include developing new more efficient materials, rapid-prototyping manufacturing techniques and design approaches, and in turn improving the efficiency and reliability of photonic integrated devices, and advancing photonic-electronic interfaces and control at the system level for improving and implementing operating algorithms.

Within this workshop, we want to cover the topic of photonics in information processing in a broad overview with a combination of expert lectures, and discussions, complemented by contributed short-talks and poster presentations. The workshop focuses on sharpening the view for scalability in the context of materials, design and fabrication and investigate the latest and upcoming trends. By fostering collaboration, interdisciplinary discussions, and transfer of knowledge, the seminar seeks to push the boundaries of photonic information processing beyond the current horizon to establish potentially novel research directions. At the same time, we will give young scientists an insight into the current problems and proposed research directions and enable networking with leading experts.

The speakers include:

  • Daniel Brunner (Institute FEMTO-ST, CNRS, France)
  • Rachel Grange (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Alina Karabchevsky (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Mario Krenn (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany)
  • Henning Menzel (Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Joice Poon (University of Toronto, Canada, and Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany)
  • Lora Ramunno (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Bhavin J. Shastri (Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada)
  • Isabelle Staude (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Birgit Stiller (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany)
  • Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain)

The conference's language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation will cover full-board accommodation costs for all participants.

All further information can be found on the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation website. You can also register there: Link to the registration form.