University of Rostock, Institute of Physics

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The University of Rostock (UOR), founded in 1419, is one of the oldest universities in Europe and has currently more than 13.000 students. The UOR has experience in managing numerous European research contracts. The research group “Experimental Solid-State Optics” at the Institute of Physics has a strong expertise in scientific and technical aspects associated with ultra-short laser pulses including their generation, amplification, tailoring and their application. The group is mainly working on aspects associated with obtaining a defined material modification by ultra-short pulse laser irradiation (in particular waveguides) in various bulk material as well as the light evolution in coupled waveguide systems. The group is involved in a number of research programs funded by the DFG, the BMBF and the EU. Linking applied material processing and fundamental research on light dynamics in periodic media, the Experimental Solid-State Optics research group is a global player in the field of photonics. The PI Prof. Dr. Alexander Szameit has well-developed lab infrastructure available: he operates in total 5 optical laboratories with an outstanding standard. For the fabrication of fs-written waveguides and their characterization is a variety of equipment available, including Ti:Sapphire fs laser systems, high precision positioning systems, equipment for sample preparation, optical sample characterization equipment (optical polarization-contrast microscope, single- and multi-mode optical fibers, fiber arrays for butt coupling of the fibers to the optical chip, etc.), HeNe-Laser and cw-TiSa-laser for classical characterization of the samples, home-made single photon source producing two polarization-entangled photons, 12 single-photon avalanche detectors, and a signal correlator.

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Research Area 1 – Optical Quantum Simulation

Contact person – Prof. Dr. Alexander Szameit,

Research Area 2 – Quantum Computation

Contact person – Prof. Dr. Alexander Szameit,

Research Area 3 – Nanoscale & Integrated Photonics

Contact person – Prof. Dr. Alexander Szameit,

Publications of interest

  • Nature 496(7444), 196-200 (2013)
  • Nature Photon. 8(10), 791-795 (2014)
  • Nature Photon. 7(2), 153-158 (2013)
  • Nature Commun. 7, 11027 (2016)
  • Nature Commun. 6, 8273 (2015)