New BMBF junior research group “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” as part of the BMBF Quantum Future funding

Since October Dr. Tim Schröder has been forming a junior research group on “Spin-defect centers in nanophotonic circuits for quantum information processing” at the Physics Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His group will be funded by a five-year BMBF project “Diamond nanophotonics for on-chip quantum technology” within the framework of the program Quantum Futur. Before his return, Dr. Schröder who finished his doctoral studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012 spent the last four years as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) and two years as an assistant professor at the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI, Denmark) where he worked on hybrid integrated photonic systems to control individual spin-based quantum memories in diamonds and gallium arsenide. His research was awarded the Carl Ramsauer Prize and has been funded by a Feodor Lynen scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship from the European Union. At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Schröder will continue to work on these topics while taking advantage of the resources that  IRIS Adlershof has to offer. For example, he will collaborate closely with the nano optics research group of Prof. Oliver Benson who is also an IRIS member.

The overall scientific goal of the project “Diamond Nanophotonics for On-Chip Quantum Technology” is to combine defect centers in diamonds and nanophotonic structures into compact, hybrid on-chip modules and then to demonstrate their operational interconnections, which will be a crucial step towards quantum information processes based on optically active solid state materials. Defect centers that interconnect with high rates form the basis for quantum networks, which can be used for remote quantum communication or complex quantum computing. IRIS Adlershof wishes Dr. Schröder much success in obtaining these goals and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration.



The President of Universidade de São Paulo visits Adlershof

The president of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Professor Vahan Agopyan, as well as USP’s vice-president for International Relationships, Professor Raul Machado Neto, visited within the framework of a several day Berlin stay to inform themselves as well about the current study conditions and opportunities to do research at the natural science campus of Humboldt-University zu Berlin (HU).

Prof. Jan Plefka, the vice dean for research at the HU’s mathematics and natural science department and a member of IRIS Adlershof, and Dr. Nikolai Puhlmann, IRIS’s managing director, gave an overview of the HU’s natural science campus and IRIS Adlershof’s concept and development. They also gave details on the IRIS research building still under construction. Prof. Ulf Leser and Prof. Henning Meyerhenke from the Department of Computer Science informed the guests about their department’s current research plans and projects.

The HU and USP’s jointly run international research training group IGRT 1740 „Dynamical Phenomena in Complex Networks: Fundamentals and Applications“ was introduced to the guests in detail by the research training group’s speaker, Prof. Jürgen Kurths (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and HU Berlin). At the end of their visit, the guests saw the prototype of a Cherenkov telescope that is being erected in Adlershof within the framework of the international major project
Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) in which the HU and USP are both participating. Prof. Thomas Lohse from the Department of Physics at the HU described how the telescope functioned and the scientific focus of the CTA project.

The São Paulo guests were very interested in and impressed by the progress made in the HU’s research results and praised the diverse opportunities that Adlershof science site has to offer for top-ranking natural science research and the education of international young scientists.

The Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is one of three strategic profile partners of the Humboldt University and consistently ranks one of the top universities in the South American subcontinent.



Outstanding Berlin Science: Seven excellence clusters for the Berlin University Alliance

Seven Cluster of Excellence in the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder approved for the Berlin University Alliance. Members of IRIS Adlershof participate in the following clusters as PIs:

Matters of Activity: Image Space Material - A new culture of material
(Prof. Jürgen P. Rabe, Prof. Matthias Staudacher)

MATH+  - How Berlin mathematics is shaping the future (Prof. Michael Hintermüller)

Unifying Systems in Catalysis (UniSysCat) - How to Understand and Utilize Networks in Catalysis
(Prof. Stefan Hecht, Prof. Christian Limberg)

We congratulate the participating researchers and look forward to a good cooperation!