The Division of Photonic Crystal Fibre Science is part of the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, founded in January 2009. It was formerly part of a Max Planck Research Group at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The Division has over 40 members (laboratory assistants, masters and doctorate students, post-doctoral researchers and visitors) from all over the world. There is a strongly international atmosphere, and as a result the working language is English (though many of us speak German).
For all general inquiries, please contact Bettina Schwender at:
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
D-91058 Erlangen, Germany
The Max Planck Institute is located right next to the Science Campus of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, on its northern edge. See the information page on how to find us.
The Division works on scientific applications of photonic crystal and microstructured fibres. Photonic crystal fibre was first proposed by Philip Russell in 1991, and his group reported the first example of a working PCF in 1996. Since that time many groups all over the world have become active in developing PCF and exploiting its many applications. In the division we are carrying out a wide range of experiments that make use of the remarkable properties of PCFs. These include ultrafast nonlinear dynamics in gas-filled hollow-core PCF, optomechanical effects in nano-scale glass structures, orbital angular momentum in twisted PCF and laser propulsion and manipulation of particles in hollow-core PCF.
Formation of optical supramolecular structures in a fibre laser by tailoring long-range soliton interactions
Nature Communications 10(1) 5756 1-9 (2019) | Journal
Pump-Probe Study of Plasma Dynamics in Gas-Filled Photonic Crystal Fiber Using Counterpropagating Solitons
Physical Review Applied 12 064015 1-6 (2019) | Journal
Sustained Self-Starting Orbital Motion of a Glass-Fiber “Nanoengine” Driven by Photophoretic Forces
ACS Photonics 6(12) 3315-3320 | Journal