PolyPhotonics Berlin

17.07.2017

Eleven regional enterprises and three research institutes teamed up as part of the innovation initiative 'Unternehmen Region' (Regional Enterprise) by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They form part of the 'PolyPhotonics Berlin' Growth Center. For the first time, the network partners will be able to implement comprehensive solutions using optical components made of polymer, which are globally not yet available in this form. The participants in this initiative want to create innovative materials and procedures for the production and assembly of photonic multiple-use components.

The PolyPhotonics Technology Platform provides a toolbox of hybrid-optical building blocks. Using suitable technologies, members of the initiative put these basic building blocks together to form flexible modules for integration into compact functional components of very flexible build (hybrid integration).  

At the core of the platform is a chip with optical waveguides, which are made of polymer. This chip may feature further passive elements such as optical fibers, thin film filters and micro-optics as well as active elements such as photodiodes or laser chips. In micro technological procedures, the latter components are connected to the waveguide chip.

To showcase the technology platform the partners develop Telecom/Datacom components such as multiplexers, 10G or 100 GE transceivers and tunable lasers for terahertz or analytical applications and interrogator solutions for fiber Bragg grating sensor systems.

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Fraunhofer HHI does research and development in the areas of photonic components and networks, fiber optic sensor systems, mobile networks, and video coding and transmission. With our 300 employees and 200 students, we focus on enabling the continuous growth of internet traffic, and on developing new sensor technologies for various applications. Due to our long standing history in research, nowadays every internet user is in contact – without knowing – with our technologies: Every second bit transported in the internet is a H.264 or H.265 encoded movie. HHI is a major contributor to these standards, which are installed on about two billion devices. Every second bit transported in the internet also touches on of our photonic components, which serve as optoelectronic converters in the nodes of the network.