Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice

Open positions

Topics for Bachelor and Master theses can be found in the 'Jobs' section.

You can also find open Positions for Bachelor, Master and PhD Students at the University of Heidelberg.

Poster Prize for Lin Jin at Cleo 2023
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Poster Prize for Lin Jin at Cleo 2023

Lin Jin won a poster award for her poster about Niobium Nitride Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector on 4H-Silicon Carbide at the conference CLEO (2023) for Laser Science to Photonic Applications held in San José, California.
This highlights our efforts of 5 talks and 6 posters presented at this years version of the conference. Congratulations to Lin for her excellent work in the field of Silicon Carbide Photonics!

2022 Physical Computing
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International Workshop on Physical Computing

Prof. Dr. Antonio Calà Lesina (Leibniz University Hannover) and Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice (Heidelberg University) invited a fantastic goup of speakers to a picturesque medieval town in Sicily. The workshop theme is driven by the idea that physical concepts, functional materials and devices could be used to run computations directly, in contrast to using logic gates. There are several emerging themes and implementations of this concept, which we would like to cover in depth.
Please register before October 2nd, 2022.

Optical in-Memory Computing
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New joint research project called PHOENICS: 'Photonic Enabled Petascale In-Memory Computing With Femtojoule Energy Consumption' funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 takes off with the aim to develop brain inspired in-memory computer architectures!

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Press release (PHOENICS)

PHOENICS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017237

Johannes Feldmann
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Infineon-Doctorate Award Winner

Congratulations to Johannes for winning the Infineon-Doctorate Award awarded anually for the best PhD Thesis at the department of physics of the WWU for his work on "Photonic non-von Neumann Processors"!

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Optical neural networks

Our latest research on "All-optical spiking neurosynaptic networks with self-learning capabilities" appears in the current issue of Nature including a "news and views" by Geoffrey W. Burr!
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News and Views
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A new research project focussed  on Organic Quantum Integrated devices (ORQUID) together with partners in the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and France lead by Prof. Wolfram Pernice starts in April. The exciting new possibilites of using single oranic molecules for interfacing between photons, electrons and phonons will be explored to build quantum photonic networks!


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Nature Communications

Our paper "Calculating with light using a chip-scale all-optical abacus" is published in Nature Communications!

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Ebeam Arrival

The EBPG5150 from Raith Nanofabrication has arrived for electron-beam lithography!

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ERC "Consolidator Grant"

Prof. Pernice recieves "Consolidator Grant" from the European Research Council (ERC) for the next five years!

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APL Cover Article

Nico's contribution to atom clad waveguides in collaboration with R. Löw and T. Pfau at Uni Stuttgart appears on the cover of APL.
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APL Cover Article

Simone's article on multi-photon detection appears on the cover of APL.
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AOM Cover Article

Patrik's work on surface functionalized diamond devices appears on the cover of Advanced Optical Materials.