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Photonics, the generation and manipulation of light, is an important enabling technology for a diverse range of application areas; in 2006, the photonics industry in Europe accounted for revenues of €49 billion. PROPHET (Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology) is an Initial Training Network funded by the EU Framework Programme 7 Marie Curie Actions, which aims to train the next generation of photonics researchers in the full range of skills required for a multi-disciplinary, industry-focused career in photonics.

The PROPHET network brings together a carefully-chosen, well-balanced consortium of 9 academic partners, 4 industry partners and 2 associated partners, with European and worldwide reputations as leaders in their fields. The network will train a cohort of 14 early stage researchers and 5 young experienced researchers in the full gamut of skills required for a career in photonics, including materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory, and commercialisation.

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These skills will be applied in four application areas; mode-locked lasers for Communications Applications, solar cells for Energy Applications, gas sensing for Environment Applications, and fast tunable laser sources for OCT in Life Science Applications. Each researcher will experience both academic and commercial environments thanks to the strong industrial involvement, resulting in multi-skilled, industry-focused graduates. See the Project Overview page for more. This website will continue to be updated with new information, so please check back regularly.

The network funds 14 PhD and 5 postdoctoral positions, with the prestige and attractive financial package that comes with being a Marie Curie Fellow. All these Fellow positions have now been filled, and there are no vacancies at this time.


PROPHET Summer School, Cargèse, Corsica, 19th – 30th August, 2013

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Participants at iNOW 2013 in Corsica, France.

The PROPHET Summer School was held in the picturesque village of Cargèse in Corsica, France from the 19th – 30th August, 2013, at the Institut d’Études Scientifique de Cargèse. The School was jointly organised with the SFB 787 School of Nanophotonics, Berlin and the iNOW consortium, and formed the latest in the iNOW (International Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop) series of workshops. These have been held annually since 2005 and PROPHET are delighted to have been co-organisers for this year’s event. (For information on previous iNOWs, see here).

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The Corsican flag.

The iNOW 2013 Summer School was attended by 44 invited speakers and 70 participants over the two weeks. We were particularly honoured by the participation of Nobel Laureate Prof. Zhores I. Alferov, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of semiconductor heterostructures. There were a total of 49 lectures over 8 days, which spanned the four themes of PROPHET, i.e. photonics enabling communications, energy, environment and life sciences. In addition, there were two rump sessions, one on Energy Efficient Photonics for Optical Interconnects in Supercomputers and Data Centres and the other on Photonics for Biology and Medicine. The full programme schedule is available here.

The School also had four Poster Sessions. These consisted of brief, 3 minute presentations by each student to introduce his/her poster, followed by viewing and judging of the posters. For each poster session, awards of one €800 first place prize, two €500 second place prizes and three €150 third place prizes were made. (In one poster session, the judges ultimately decided to award a joint first prize). Congratulations to all the prize winners, in particular the five PROPHET Fellows. These generous poster prize awards were very kindly sponsored by:

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Laytec AG Sentech GmbH PBC Lasers GmbH u2t Photonics AG Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion

Tyngye Li Memorial Award Winners

First Place Prize
  • Leo Bonato, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: T. Nowozin, A. Marent, D. Bimberg)
  • Annett B. Klemm, University of York, (Co-authors: D. Stellinga, E. R. Martins, L. Lewis, G. Huyet, L. O’Faolain, T. F. Krauss)
  • Gordon Schmidt, University of Magdeburg, (Co-authors: M. Müller, P. Veit, S. Petzold, F. Bertram, A. Das, E. Monroy, J. Christen)
  • Manuel Gschrey, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: F. Gericke, R. Schmidt, A. Schüssler, M. Seifried, J.H. Schulze, T. Heindel, S. Rodt, A. Strittmatter, S. Reitzenstein)
  • Jan-Hindrik Schulze, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: W. Unrau, D. Quandt, T. Heindel, T.D. Germann, O. Hitzemann, A. Strittmatter, S. Reitzenstein, U.W. Pohl, D. Bimberg)
Second Place Prize
  • Kaiyu Cui, Tsinghua University Beijing, (Co-authors: Y. Huang, Y. Li, Z. Huang, S. Chen)
  • Alexandra Lupi, Technical University Denmark, (Co-authors: I.S. Chung, K. Yvind)
  • Maxim Nazarenko, St. Petersburg Academic University, (Co-authors: N.V. Sibirev, K.W. Ng, F. Ren, W.S. Ko, V.G. Dubrovskii, C. Chang-Hasnain)
  • Aleksandar Nesic, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, (Co-authors: C. Koos, L. Alloatti, J. Pfeifle, N. Lindenmann)
  • Holger Schmeckebier, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: D. Arsenijevic, M. Stubenrauch, D. Bimberg)
  • Svetlana Slepneva, Tyndall National Institute, (Co-authors: B. Kelleher, B. O’Shaughnessy, S.P. Hegarty, A.G. Vladimirov, G. Huyet)
  • Noelia Vico Trivino, EPFL Lausanne, (Co-authors: G. Rossbach, U. Dharanipathy, J.-F. Carlin, A. Castiglia, Z. Diao, R. Butté, R. Houdré and N. Grandjean)
Third Place Prize
  • Alexander Andrejew, Technical University Munich, (Co-authors: M. Müller, R. Meyer, M.C. Amann)
  • Dejan Arsenijevic, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: M. Kleinert and D. Bimberg)
  • Indrasen Bhattacharya, University of California, Berkeley, (Co-authors: T. Tran, H. Sun, K.W. Ng, F. Lu, E. Yablonovitch, C.J. Chang-Hasnain)
  • Adair Gerke, University of California, Berkeley, (Co-authors: A. Zhu, W. Yang, F. Rao, C. Chang-Hasnain)
  • Xiaodong Gu, Tokyo Institute of Technology, (Co-authors: T. Shimada, A. Matsutani, F. Koyama)
  • Tobias Heindel, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: E. Stock, C. Hopfmann, F. Albert, M. Lermer, C. Schneider, S. Höfling, A. Forchel, M. Kamp, S. Reitzenstein)
  • Siddarth Joshi, III-V-Lab Marcoussis, (Co-authors: N. Chimot, C. Calo, S. Barbet, A. Accard, A. Ramdane, F. Lelarge)
  • Piotr Kowalczewski, University of Pavia, (Co-authors: M. Liscidini, L.C. Andreani)
  • Ben O’Shaughnessy, Tyndall National Institute, (Co-authors: S. Slepneva, B. Kelleher, S.P. Hegarty, G. Huyet, A.G. Vladimirov)
  • Konstantinos Papatryfonos, CNRS-LPN, (Co-authors: S. Joshi, K. Merghem, S. Bouchoule, S. Guillet, L. Le Gratiet, A. Martinez, A. Ramdane)
  • Gernot Stracke, Technical University Berlin, (Co-authors: E.M. Sala, A. Strittmatter, D. Bimberg)
  • Daniel Zuo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (Co-authors: S.L. Chuang)

Two excursions were also organised during the Summer School, to showcase the scenery of Corsica, the "Ile de Beaute". The first was a coach trip which took in views of the Gulf of Porto, before ascending into the hills along the narrow, winding roads. Lunch in the village of Évisa was followed by spectacular views of the Spelunca Gorge. A stop in the Forêt d’Aïtone allowed some participants the chance to brave a swim in the (quite cold!) rock pools in the forest, before returning to Cargèse.

The second excursion was a boat trip along the coast of Corsica. Despite a fairly windy day which meant quite rough seas, passengers were treated to close-up views of the spectacular rock formations along the coastline of the Gulf of Porto, the Piana Calanques, and the Scandola penisula, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The trip included a lunch stop at the peaceful beach of Girolata.


Cargèse village, from the harbour.

Spelunca Gorge

Spelunca Gorge.


Rock pools in the Forêt d’Aïtone.


Spectacular rock formations on the Scandola peninsula.

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The face of "The Guardian" in rocks in the Gulf of Porto.


The beach at Girolata.

For previous PROPHET events, see the Archived News page.


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