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Graduate School of the KIT
Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener
Research Area Responsible
Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institut für Angewandte Physik 
Wolfgang-Gaede-Straße 1 
D-76131 Karlsruhe 

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Photonic Materials & Devices

Optics & Photonics are all about generating, controlling, and harvesting light – which is simply not possible without linear/nonlinear optical materials.

Thus, we explore new materials-, synthesis-, and deposition technologies for, e.g., luminescent nanoparticles, organic films, or photoresists. In addition, novel concepts like plasmonics, photonic crystals, photonic metamaterials, and transformation optics have emerged throughout the last decade, providing completely new conceptual opportunities regarding the design of photonic materials and devices. Furthermore, two-dimensional and three-dimensional lithography as well as chemical synthesis approaches have improved considerably such that photonic structures previously believed to be inaccessible have come into reach. This research is, for example, driven by the quest for ever faster and smaller devices for telecommunications, by biomedical material requirements, or by the need for more efficient and/or less expensive solar-energy conversion. By developing key technologies like three-dimensional direct laser writing (DLW), Research Area I also provides the basis for parts of Research Area III ‘Biomedical Photonics’.

Photonic Materials and Devices I  Photonic Materials and Devices II  Photonic Materials and Devices III

Research Highlights

  • Metamaterials
  • Telecommunication Devices
  • Luminescent Nanoparticles

Participating Institutes and Research Groups

Institute of Applied Physics

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

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Institute of Inorganic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Claus Feldmann

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Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics

Prof. Dr. Carsten Rockstuhl

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Institute of Micro and Nanoelectronic Systems

Prof. Dr. Michael Siegel

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