Best Student Paper Award for Max Heck 


Our doctoral student Maximilian Heck received the "Best Student Paper Award" at "SPIE.LASE 2019" - the most important conference for laser technologies - for his contribution to the sub-conference "Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics". The conference took place within the framework of "SPIE. Photonics West" in San Francisco.

In his successful contribution »Next generation of tailored mode selective transmission gratings for fiber integrated devices« Maximilian Heck presented a new approach to customized mode-selective glass fiber gratings. It was shown that with a long-periodic grating written by femtoseconds it is possible to precisely control and adapt the coupling to coated modes. This enables a completely new design of possible fiber-integrated components such as mode converters, sensor elements and transmission filters.
Maximilian Heck joined the GRK in 2015 as member of the first cohort and is now starting his final year. Concerning his award he commented: "It is always a lot of fun to present my work to an expert audience at such a large and renowned conference in the field of optics. As a young scientist this offers a great opportunity for a subject-related exchange with other experts. I am very grateful that this was made possible for me". Congrats, Max!


The awarded paper:

Maximilian Heck, Georg Schwartz, Ria G. Krämer, Daniel Richter, Thorsten A. Goebel, Christian Matzdorf, Malte P. Siems, Andreas Tünnermann, and Stefan Nolte "Next generation of tailored mode selective transmission gratings for fiber integrated devices", Proc. SPIE 10908, Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XIX, 109080N (4 March 2019).


The results were also recently published in Optics Express 

Maximilian Heck (front left) with supervisor Stefan Nolte (left).         Photo: SPIE