Paul Roth received dissertation prize from the Max Planck Society

Paul Roth received the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements in his doctoral thesis. He researched applications of twisted photonic crystal fibres. The ceremonial awarding of the medals, which are endowed with 7,500 euros, took place on the first day of the annual meeting of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.

Award ceremony with Paul Roth

A photonic crystal fibre is a glass fibre with a transverse microstructure. It is surrounded by a core through which scientists can guide light. When a fibre is twisted, new optical effects are observed through the twisted space. In his dissertation, Paul Roth investigated various linear and non-linear properties of twisted photonic crystal fibres.

His motivation in research has several sources. On the one hand, he is enthusiastic about light and its properties: "It fascinates me how we can measure and influence them. On the other hand, I love experimental work, which requires not only theoretical knowledge but also an understanding of a technical implementation."

His doctorate led him to the semiconductor industry: he is currently working in a team of optics developers on the further development of high-power CO2 lasers.

The Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society

Since 1978, the Max Planck Society has awarded the Otto Hahn Medal to up to 30 young scientists each year for outstanding scientific achievements in connection with their dissertation.  The award is usually presented during the annual meeting of the Max Planck Society the following year.

 


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