From Electronics to Photonics - replaced by Plasmonics?

Thu, 23.06.2022, Webinar

Simulation of photonic components, circuits and systems enables more robust and optimized designs. At the same time, simulation promises to reduce development time and cost, and achieve faster time-to-market. Device- and system-level tools enable designers to model interacting optical, electrical and thermal effects.

Learn about the topics covered at ETHZ's Institute for Electromagnetic Fields by Prof. Dr. Jürg Leuthold in a compact webinar. Prof. Leuthold will give an introduction to the field of plasmonics - the new technology that is set to replace photonics.  He will give insights into current research at the institute and present applications in the fields of communication and sensor technology.

Dr. Christian Bosshard, Managing Director Swissphotonics
Dr. Ervand Kandelaki, Cadfem Germany GmbH
The power of simulation – how virtual prototypes lighten product development

Prof. Dr. Jürg Leuthold, ETH Zürich
Plasmonics - a new enabling technology to replace Photonics

Dr. Nicholas Güsken, Senior R&D engineer – Polariton Technologies
Photonics & Plasmonics - building blocks of the communication network & how to simulate them

Company information
Polariton AG is a spin-off of ETH. Polariton Technologies supplies high-speed electro-optic modulators that convert data from electrical to optical signals, which can then be transmitted via fiber optic cables. The electro-optic modulators are based on plasmonics, which enables miniaturization of optical devices and thus a wide range of applications. 

CADFEM (Suisse) AG offers not only first-class simulation software, but also the necessary services to make simulation a complete success.

With the contribution of all partners in this webinar, you will get an overview of how simulation enables companies to build better products based not only on experience, but also on knowledge.

Device-level simulations allows for consideration of all physical aspects 

System-level simulation allows for the optimization of the performance of a photonic IC 

Resources: Photonics Simulation Software | Ansys Lumerical


Prof. Dr. Jürg Leuthold is the head of the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields (IEF) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland since 2013. His interests are in the field of Photonics, Plasmonics and Microwaves with an emphasis on applications in communications and sensing. From 2004 to 2013, he was affiliated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, where he was the Head of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) and the Helmholtz Institute of Microtechnology (IMT). From 1999 to 2004, he was affiliated with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, NJ, USA, where he performed device and system research with III/V semiconductors and silicon optical bench materials for applications in high-speed telecommunications. Jürg Leuthold received his Ph.D. degree in physics from ETH Zurich in Switzerland for work in the field of integrated optics and all-optical communication in 1998.

Dr. Nicholas Güsken has more then 7 years experience in photonics research and industry. He has a background in Physics (Msc at RWTH Aachen), nanotechnologies (Msc at Sorbonne) and economics (Msc RWTH Aachen).  He received his PhD from Imperial College London in 2020 specializing in plasmonics, nanophotonics and opto-electronics for which he received the Imperial Solid-StateThesis prize. He joined Polariton Technologies in 2020 where he develops high-speed plasmonic Si-photonic integrated modulators. He also received the Leopoldina postodoctoral fellowship to fund a post-doctoral research position at Stanford University. At Polariton Technologies, Nicholas is involved in the R&D and chip development as well as the integration of plasmonic modulators into standard Si-photonics technology. 

Dr. Ervand Kandelaki holds a PhD in Theoretical Solid State Physics from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. As a postdoctoral researcher he spent three years at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. One of the central topics in his research was the interaction of materials with light.  In 2018, he joined CADFEM in Germany and is responsible for the optical simulation section in the technical team.

Dr. Christian Bosshard, Managing Director Swissphotonics, received his degree in Physics (1986) and his doctorate (1991, Silver medal award) from ETH. From 2001-2021 he was working at CSEM, first as Section Head and then as Vice President and Head Photonics. Since 2013 he is Managing Director of Swissphotonics. Christian is a Fellow of Optica, Board Member of EPIC, and Member of the Board of the University of Basel.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

14:00 - 15:00


free of charge

This event requires registration (see link above). We will send you the access information (Zoom-link and ID) by email after the registration. With the registration you agree that you may be contacted by the organizers.

Deadline for registration
22 June 2022, noon

Contact Cadfem
Luca Fürer
Dipl. Marketingmanager HF
+41 52 368 01 05

Contact Swissphotonics
Dr. Christian Bosshard
Managing Director Swissphotonics
+41 79 405 18 26

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