Junior Research Group: Integrated Photonics

Quanomet stands for the Masterplan Quanten- und Nanotechnologie of the Universities in Hannover and Braunschweig featuring a variety of research initiatives dedicated to research areas of quantum and nano metrology. In this framework the new junior research group Integrated Photonics is active in the development of laser active fibres for applications in space and built up a complete infrastructure for the production of doped optical fibres in the HITec-Building in cooperation with the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. The facility includes an MCVD preform production system, a modern fibre drawing tower and a variety of adapted characterisation systems. Through the existing research line Quanomet as well as the EFRE cooperation LaPOF, an expertise for fibre technology in Hannover has started to developed.

The activities of the research group Integrated Photonics at HITec fit into the research area of modern fibre technology. The main motivation is, however, not a new record for high-power fibre lasers, but rather the realisation of novel concepts for laser-active and radiation-hardened fibres. These special fibres are to be used for the development of novel laser sources while radiation-hardened fibres even allow their use in space applications. In addition to their own research on the optimisation and analysis of laser-active and radiation-hard fibres, specific problem solutions, such as speciality fibre-based laser sources sensors, are to be developed for other research institutions associated with HITec.