Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors

Since the beginning of the internet era, transmitting gigantic amounts of data over wide distances in as short a time as possible became a natural component in our daily lives and work places. Thereby, optical communication technology and fibre technology represent the technological base of today’s internet

Each year, the transmitted data volume is growing many times and results in strongly increasing utilization of communication networks. Thus, optical networks, transmitting necessary data quickly, safely and reliably, will be of even bigger importance in the future. As well, the demand for optical and optoelectronic components and sub systems, which steadily improve the capacity to transmit data and reduce error rate and runtime in the system.

Optics for Communication and Sensors represents one of six activity fields of the Photonics Cluster Berlin Brandenburg. In doing so, the capital region is very well positioned in the field of optical data transmission. Here you will find the world market leaders, internationally renowned research institutions and highly innovative young companies.


Research Institutions



Success in funding of innovative research

Collaborative Research Centre 951 (CRC 951) receives funding by the DFG for another four years. The Collaborative Research Centre 951 "HIOS - Hybrid Inorganic / Organic Systems for Opto-Electronics" (HIOS) will receive funding for another four...


Advanced Material Competition 2019 - Call for Start-ups is open!

Advanced Material Competition 23 September - 8 October 2019 Call for start-ups is now open! AdMaCom addresses scientific driven startups with outstanding technologies and business models in the area of Advanced Materials. This year, AdMaCom will...


Sicoya Demonstrates 400G Silicon Photonics Technology

Sicoya, the leading innovator of monolithically integrated Silicon Photonics, has announced it will demonstrate its 400G Silicon Photonics technology at OFC 2019.  The demonstration is based on a pluggable module based on Sicoya's 400G...


FBH developments for space – application under challenging conditions

frequent 09_2018 – News on Research of Ferdinand-Braun-Institut Subject: FBH developments for space – application under challenging conditions Data highway in space – ultrafast optical communication at highest data rates Laser systems for...


LioniX International and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute intensify collaboration of their PIC platforms

LioniX International (LXI) and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin (HHI) will strengthen the collaboration of their Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) platforms by actively supporting the integration of both platforms together. Combining the...