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Fourth PROPHET Workshop, Berlin, 12th – 14th March, 2014

The fourth PROPHET workshop was held at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, on the 12th – 14th March, 2014. This final network workshop addressed “Characterisation of Photonic Materials and Devices“, with talks on topics such as FIB, TEM, and XSTM, cathodoluminescence spectroscopy, phase-sensitive coherence interferometry, TRPL and pump-probe spectroscopy, and high speed emitters. The network’s Visiting Researcher, Prof. Yasuhiko Arakawa from University of Tokyo, gave a talk on “Recent advances in silicon photonics with quantum dot lasers“, and Sascha Fedderwitz from the industry partner u2t Photonics (now Finisar), spoke about the development and characterisation of high speed components.

The workshop also focussed on career progression for the Fellows, with talks on EU proposal writing, patenting and interview techniques, as well as a presentation from Prof. Stephan Reitzenstein on his experience of successfully winning an ERC Consolidator Grant. The Fellows were also given the opportunity to participate in practice interviews, where they submitted a CV and cover letter for an imaginary position (which could be either in industry or accademia) and were then interviewed for the position by a three-person panel. Other Fellows gave short presentations on a famous scientist or public figure who particularly inspired them to follow a career in science; the list included Richard Feynman, Michael Faraday, Jan Czochralski and Yuan Longping.


The Eugene Paul Wigner building in TUB, wher the workshop was held.


The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.


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.


Third PROPHET Workshop, Paris, 7th – 8th March, 2013

The third PROPHET workshop was held at the Institut Mines-Telecom in Paris, France, on the 7th – 8th March, 2013. The workshop, “Industry Applications of Photonics“, was organised by the associated partner, Telecom & Management SudParis (TMSP), and was specifically focused on the commercialisation of photonics research and its applications in industry. A number of invited speakers gave presentations on their experiences from various different aspects. Eric A. Swanson of OCT News gave an excellent talk on his extensive experiences founding and running several successful start-up companies. François Rosala spoke about his experiences with his SME company, AdvEOTec in Evry, France, while Henri Porte, CEO and co-founder of Photline Technologies, discussed the process of moving from technology transfer to industrial production. Tom Pearsall from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) completed the invited talks with a discussion on the opportunities for photonics entrepreneurs, highlighting some of the large-scale projects which will be a major focus of Horizon 2020.

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The Telecom ParisTech building.

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Attendees at the PROPHET Workshop in Paris.


Second PROPHET Workshop, Pavia, 11th – 13th April, 2012

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Statue of Alessandro Volta in Pavia, Italy

The second PROPHET workshop was held in the University of Pavia, Italy, from 11th – 13th April, 2012. This workshop focussed on the theme of "Theory and Modelling in Photonics", and included talks from theorists within the PROPHET consortium and guest speakers, as well as a presentation from Claude Weisbuch (École Polytechnique, Palaiseau) marking the 50th anniversary of the semiconductor laser. The workshop took place in the picturesque Italian town of Pavia, home of the famous physicist Alessandro Volta.

Topics covered by the speakers included Optical Coherence Tomography, k·p theory, mode-locking and nonlinear dynamics in lasers, photonic crystals, photonic and plasmonic systems, and solar cells. The guest speakers included Rainer A. Letigeb (Medical University Vienna), Carlo Sirtori (Université Paris Diderot), Peter Bienstman (Gent University), Mario Agio (CNR-INO and LENS, Florence), Philippe Lalanne (CNRS-Orsay) and Franz-Josef Haug (EPFL Neuchatel). Speakers from the PROPHET partners included Eoin O’Reilly (Tyndall National Institute), Guillaume Huyet (Tyndall National Institute/Cork Institute of Technology), Andrei Vladimirov (WIAS Institute, Berlin), Lucio C. Andreani (U. Pavia), and Giuseppe Cannella (CNR-IMM).

The workshop also included presentations by the students, which were organised so that together they also gave an overview of the work in each Work Package. As part of their soft skills training, the students were given coaching and feedback on their presentations, and selected members of the audience completed assessment forms and ranked the quality of the talks.

Lecture slides and photos from the event are available here:

PROPHET Group at Pavia

The PROPHET group at the Pavia Workshop.


First PROPHET Workshop, Lancaster, 3rd – 5th October, 2011

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Students at the PROPHET Workshop in Lancaster.

The first of four PROPHET workshops was held at Lancaster University, UK, on 3rd – 5th October, 2011. The theme of the workshop was "Growth and Fabrication of Photonic Materials and Devices" and it was attended by over 40 delegates. The workshop included a one day training course on Communication Skills, in which the students learned presentation techniques and prepared a short talk which was later presented to the workshop attendees.

High-profile speakers gave tutorial-style talks introducing the students to important photonics technologies such as MOVPE and MBE growth, electron beam lithography, plasma etching, III-V device fabrication, solar cells, quantum dots and nanowires. The speakers included two from industry; Dave Rogers from Nanovation, France and Geoff Hassall from Oxford Instruments, UK. Other speakers came from PROPHET partner institutions and included Thomas Krauss and William Whelan-Curtin (St. Andrews), Sophie Bouchoule and Jean-Christophe Harmand (LPN), Udo Pohl (TUB) and Qiandong Zhuang (Lancaster U.). The network’s Supervisory Board meeting was also held on the final day of the workshop.


PROPHET Kick-off Meeting, 10th – 11th March, 2011

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The PROPHET partners gathered at the Kick-off Meeting in Cork, Ireland.

G. Huyet and A. Klemm

Project coordinator, Dr. Guillaume Huyet, with PROPHET’s first network Fellow, Ms. Annett Klemm.

The network’s Kick-off Meeting took place in the Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, Ireland, over two days in March, 2011. The meeting is the first major network-wide event organised by PROPHET, and marks the official launch of the project. It brought together all 13 partners in the picturesque setting of the 16th century castle, now host to an award-winning interactive science exhibition. At the meeting, the Supervisory Board and Training Manager were officially appointed, and details of the research plan and recruitment strategy were discussed. The partners also welcomed the network’s first Early Stage Researcher recruited; Ms. Annett Klemm joins the University of St. Andrews’ Microphotonics and Photonic Crystals Group, led by Prof. Thomas Krauss.

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