Photonics for Information Processing

811. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

02 Jun - 05 Jun 2024


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Nadja‐Carola Bigall (University of Hamburg) • Prof. Dr. Antonio Calà Lesina • Prof. Dr. Michael Kues (both University of Hannover)

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 conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.