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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

phone: +49 721 608 22741

e-mail: Christian Koos does-not-exist.kit edu

Project Partners


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Prof. Dr. Christian Koos

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Institute of Photonics & Quantum Electronics (IPQ)



Within PHOIBOS, KIT acts as project coordinator, develops novel concepts for multi-chip integration, and explores the viability of these concepts in proof-of-principle experiments. Moreover, KIT is involved in developing equipment and fabrication processes for photonic multi-chip modules. Work is performed at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ).

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was established on October 2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe, one of Germanys leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, one of the largest research centers of the Helmholtz association. With more than 23 000 students and more than 9 000 employees, KIT is one of the largest research institutions in Europe. Optics and Photonics is one of the major research fields of KIT.




Carl Zeiss AG

Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Hübner

Corporate Research and Technology 



ZEISS is an international leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. Founded in 1846 in Jena, ZEISS has been contributing to technological progress for more than 160 years and has more than 24,000 employees today. Beside others ZEISS develops and produces solutions for the semiconductor and mechanical engineering industries.

Corporate Research and Technology (CRT) at ZEISS works on the identification, characterization and development of innovative technologies and solutions for future products. Therefore CRT defines studies, and subsequently entire projects that target realizing demonstrator systems incorporating new functionalities relevant for customers. In order to strengthen existing or to develop future competences, CRT includes numerous international academic groups in this innovation process.

Within PHOIBOS, ZEISS works on the fabrication technology for photonic wirebonds. ZEISS develops and realizes a novel Photonic Wirebonder platform aimed at automated industrial processes.



Nanoscribe GmbH

Dr. Michael Thiel (CSO)



Nanoscribe GmbH, located in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen near Karlsruhe, Germany, offers 3D printers for the micro-and nanometer scale as well as photoresists and process solutions tailored to specific application areas. Nanoscribe has established itself in this field as the technological and global market leader with its laser lithographic processes.

Founded in 2007, the second generation of 3D printers “Photonic Professional GT” was awarded the Prism Award in the category “Advanced Manufacturing” at the world’s largest photonics conference and exhibition “Photonics West 2014”. The enabled applications of 3D printed objects ranges – among many - from integrated optics and photonics, interconnects, to microfluidics, MEMS as well as templates for tissue engineering.

Based on more than ten years of experience in 3D micro- and nanolithography Nanoscribe contributes to Phoibos with its process and integration experience in the field of 3D intergrated photonics. Nanoscribe supplies a photonic wirebonder for automated high-speed fabrication of 3D optical interconnects and wirebonds. To complete the fabrication chain the wirebond material is also produced by Nanoscribe.



Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut


Am Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (FhG-HHI) ist die anwendungsorientierte Forschung und Entwicklung von photonischen Komponenten eines der Institutsschwerpunkte seit dem Jahre 1982. In der heutigen Abteilung Photonic Components, die ca. 75 Mitarbeiter umfasst, werden eine Reihe verschiedener photonischer Komponenten erforscht, entwickelt und als Musterserien hergestellt, in der Regel in Kooperation mit industriellen Partnern. Einsatzgebiete sind traditionell der Telekom-/Datacom-Sektor, zunehmend aber auch Gebiete wie optische Sensorik, optische Messtechnik und THz-Technologie. Basistechnologie für diese Entwicklungen ist die InP-Halbleitertechnologie, in der das HHI über eine 25-jährige Erfahrung verfügt. Zusätzlich werden auch photonische Bauelemente auf Polymerbasis bearbeitet, vor allem in hybrid integrierter Form in Verbindung mit InP-Komponenten.

Das FhG-HHI ist im Vorhaben für die Entwicklung der optischen Sendekomponenten auf InP verantwortlich.



Dr. Lars Zimmermann


IHP is focused on research and development of silicon-based systems, high-frequency circuits and technologies including new materials. It creates innovative solutions for application areas such as wireless and broadband communication, aerospace, biotechnology and medicine, the automotive industry, security and industrial automation. In the frame of PHOIBOS IHP provides 200mm silicon photonics technology and develops the application specific photonic integrated circuits.




FCI Deutschland GmbH

Lars Bretschneider


 FCI Deutschland GmbH is part of the global FCI group which develops in Berlin optical modules and cables for well-known information technology and telecommunication solutions provider.

FCI is since 2009 the market leader in the area of ​​120Gb/s CXP cable. The main competencies include not only the design skills that manufacturing and process technologies as well as the implementation of optical-electrical verification tests up to 25 Gb/s.

This know-how is available for PHOIBOS. FCI will specify the to be developed photonic wire bonder and participate in the function demonstration of multi-chip modules and the studies on the reliability.



Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland

Dr. Thomas Pfieffer



Alcatel-Lucent International





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