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News 2017

2017-12-12: KTH celebrates the Nobel week with webcast in China
KTH, in collaboration with Scientific American, celebrated the Nobel week with two webcast discussions about the Nobel prize in chemistry and physics, respectively. Prof. Gunnar Björk and the ADOPT Ph.D. student Katarina Stensson had an almost hour-long discussion about The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the instrument that finally detected gravitational waves. This observation rendered some of the instrument’s inceptors and chief scientists the Nobel prize in physics for 2017. The discussion, in English with Chinese voice-over, can be watched here .

2017-11-30: KAW finances a national Quantum Technology center
On Nov. 15, the Knut och Alice Wallenberg (KAW) foundation announced that they will support a national center in Quantum Technology with 600 MSEK over ten years. It is hoped that the center will raise another 350 MSEK from industry and co-financing from the Swedish Universities. “This is a very welcomed and timely investment in quantum science” says ADOPT’s Gunnar Björk, who was one of the co-applicants for the center proposal. Read more

2017-10-02: ADOPT-researcher speaks about teleportation on Swedish national radio
In the radio-program series “Den gömda koden,” (in Swedish) Prof. Gunnar Björk speaks about entanglement, teleportation, and quantum key distribution with the narrator Roger Dackegård. The audio file is available here.

In the program's sequel, broadcast on Oct. 7, Peter Shor and Gunnar Björk discuss quantum computers and how they potentially can compromise the security of cryptography on internet. The audio file is available here .

2017-09-27: Large KAW grant to ADOPT researchers
One of 18 project grants for 2017 from “Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse” was awarded to ADOPT researchers under the leadership of Prof. Valery Zwiller. The grant amounts to 34,6 MSEK over a period of five years to develop “Quantum sensors”. The co-applicants were G. Björk, K. Gallo, J. Widengren, och H. Wallin.

2017-09-14: ADOPT sponsors travel to JORCEP workshop
ADOPT will sponsor joint activities with the Joint Research Center in Photonics (JORCEP) through sponsoring ADOPT scholars to travel to this year's JORCEP workshop. This time the event will take place on 10th of November in Guangzhou. A total amount of 40 kSEK is reserved for the sponsorship. Each person will get up to 10 kSEK. Those who would like to get the funding please email to Val Zwiller ( First come first serve.

More info:
As every year we are planning to organize a JORCEP workshop in China. The workshop will take place in Guangzhou November 10th and is organized as a part of the largest conference in the Asia-Pacific region on optical communication, photonics and relevant technologies, ACP, November 10-13, 2017 (
JORCEP, The Joint Research Center of Photonics is a research and education collaboration between the Royal Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University and Lund University in the areas of nanophotonics, plasmonics, optical metamaterials, optical networking, biophotonics and environmental monitoring.The goal of this workshop is to report and discuss the results of ongoing research in the cooperation projects as well as to explore new areas of collaboration and propose new collaboration projects. Workshop organizers (among others): Erik Forsberg ( from ZJU and Lech Wosinski ( from KTH.

2017-09-13: Optics and Photonics in Sweden 2017 at Kista
This national conference will be held on 18-19 oktober at Electrum, Kista. The conference language is English. ADOPT’s Ph.D. students and postdocs are encouraged to attend and a maximum of 15 of Ph.D. students/postdocs will be sponsored with 1500 SEK each. First come, first served. Read more below.

Requirements: The sponsored student/postdoc must present a poster at the conference (where as usual, ADOPT and the Swedish Research Council (VR) funding should be acknowledged). The deadline for submission is Sept. 29. See the conference webpages (link below) for instructions.

Procedure: Ask your supervisor if he/she finds your participation appropriate. If so, send an e-mail to to apply for sponsorship. Include your supervisor’s name. First come, first served.

If approved, ask your supervisor to pay your conference fee and the fee for student membership from his/her ADOPT project account. 1500 SEK will subsequently automatically be transferred back to the account. The student early bird conference fee is 1500 SEK + a 110 SEK PhotonicSweden/Swedish Optical Society membership fee to get the reduced conference price, so participation will cost your group only 110 SEK.

Ask your supervisor for her/his invoice reference (=Fakturareferens in Swedish). Mine look like GBJORK KTHSCI and your supervisor’s should look similar. Register for the conference by following the link , give the e-mail address as the additional address the invoice should be sent to (in the box under “Country”). Don’t forget to fill in the box “Invoice Reference” with your supervisor’s invoice reference on the conference registration page. Under payment method, chose “Other method”.

To read more about the conference and submission procedure follow the link  Click on the registration link on that page to register. Click on the Programme link on the page to read more about the conference.

2017-08-16: Research ethics seminar for Ph.D. students
On Sept. 25, the physics departments at KTH will organize a research ethics seminar. This seminar is part of the compulsory curriculum for all Ph.D. students enrolled in the doctoral program in physics, but is strongly recommended for all ADOPT Ph.D. students. More information is found here (pdf 604 kB) .

2017-05-10: Photonic Sweden stakeholders’ annual meeting
PhotonicSweden will have its annual stakeholders’ meeting on June 14 at 17:30 at Electrum, Kista. Take Elevator B to Floor 6, RISE ICT Conferensroom Knuth. Read more .

2017-05-10: Invitation to Nordic Workgroup Meeting, May 29 in Oulu, Finland
For the first time Photonics Finland and PhotonicSweden are collaborating in arranging a joint Nordic Workgroup Meeting between our countries (equivalent to Photonic21 workgroups WG1-WG7) on May 29th, 16:00 to 19:00, at Radisson Blu hotel in Oulu, the day before the conference OPD2017 starts. Participation at the meeting is free. Read more . To register click here .

2017-04-27: IPRM Award to Prof. Sebastian Lourdudoss
Prof. Sebastian Lourdudoss at Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials, Dept. of Applied Physics will receive IPRM award for the year 2017 during Compound Semiconductor Week to be held in Berlin, Germany in May 2017. IPRM stands for Indium Phosphide and Related Materials. Instituted in 1993 originally as the prize for the best paper in the International Conference of IPRM, the criteria were revised in 1996 to recognize individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to the indium phosphide community.” The nomination committee motivates the choice of Prof. Lourdudoss for this award as: “For the development of hydride vapour phase epitaxy for fabricating discrete and integrated photonic components based on buried heterostructures and heteroepitaxy of InP on Si."

Along with his colleagues, Prof. Lourdudoss persistently developed hydride vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) technology and demonstrated its flexibility in fabricating buried heterostructures (BHs) of different types of devices for different applications. In the initial stages, edge emitting and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL), and later, in collaboration with American researchers, integrated photonic circuits were demonstrated for telecom/datacom applications. More recently, his team addressed mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers in collaboration with several leading European partners in a EU project. Their long term efforts to integrate III-V semiconductors on silicon for silicon photonics have attracted international attention.

Prof. Sebastian Lourdudoss
HVPE reactor at Electrum Laboratory used by Prof. Lourdudoss’ team.

2017-04-18: Seminar by PRL Editor
Dr. Serena Dalena, Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters, will give a seminar on Tuesday April 18 at 15:00-16:00 at room FA32, Albanova. The seminar title is “Successful Letters in Physical Review Letters: An Editor’s perspective”. Read more

2017-04-05: ADOPT director is awarded the 2017 Göran Gustafsson prize in Physics
Prof. Valery Zwiller, the current director of the ADOPT center, was awarded the 2017 Göran Gustafsson prize in Physics for his innovative research into quantum optics and nano physics. The prize comes with a cash award of 5 MSEK. Read more

2017-03-13: ADOPT sponsors 15 M.Sc. students to do project work at Zhejiang University
15 of the students enrolling in the course Modern Physics (SH1012) at KTH will be sponsored by ADOPT to be able to do the project work associated with the course at Zhejiang University. In the past, many of the students have selected to conduct their project at JORCEP, the joint KTH-Zhejiang-Lund photonics research center. Read more  

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