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Prof. Dr. Jens Förstner

Prof. Dr. Jens Förstner

Theoretische Elektrotechnik (TET)

Leiter - Professor

Sonderforschungsbereich Transregio 142

Mitglied - Professor

Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics (CeOPP)

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DFG Graduiertenkolleg Micro- and Nanostructures in Optoelectronics and Photonics

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+49 5251 60-3013
+49 5251 60-3524

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Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn

Institut für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

Koordinator - Professor - Koordinator Studiengang Optoelectronics&Photonics

Institut für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

Stellvertretender Institutsleiter - Professor

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Pohlweg 47-49
33098 Paderborn
Prof. Dr. Jens Förstner
10/2021 - heute

Stellvertretender Institutsleiter des Instituts für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

11/2014 - heute

Vorstandsmitglied PC2 (Rechenzentrum der Uni Paderborn)

07/2013 - heute

Vorstandsmitglied CeOPP (Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics Paderborn)

06/2013 - heute

Professur W3 für die Theoretische Elektrotechnik an der Universität Paderborn, Deutschland

10/2019 - 09/2021

Institutsleiter des Instituts für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

04/2014 - 12/2019

Vorstandsmitglied Transregio 142

04/2007 - 05/2013

Leiter der DFG Emmy Noether Nachwuchs-Forschungsgruppe "Computational Nanophotonics", Universität Paderborn, Deutschland

01/2012 - 03/2012

Gastwissenschaftler in der Gruppe von H. Carmichael, Universität von Auckland


Goldene Kreide für exzellente Lehre


Forschungspreis 2009 der Paderborner Universität

10/2006 - 03/2007

Postdoktorand (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Technische Universität Berlin, Deutschland

10/2004 - 09/2006

Postdoktorand (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Universität Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA


Carl-Ramsauer-Preis 2005 für Doktorarbeit


Doktorarbeit "Light Propagation and Many-Particle Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures", Technische Universität Berlin, Deutschland

10/2000 - 09/2004

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Doktorand), Technische Universität Berlin, Deutschland

04/2000 - 09/2000

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Doktorand), Universität Marburg, Deutschland


Diplom in Physik, Universität Marburg, Deutschland

1997 - 1998

Auslandsstudium an der Universität Kent in Canterbury/England, Empfänger des Europhysics Prize 1998

1994 - 1996

Vordiplom (BSc) in Physik und Informatik an der Philips Universität Marburg

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Numerical study of light backscattering from layers of absorbing irregular particles larger than the wavelength

S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, Y. Grynko, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2023), 302, 108557

Optimized silicon antennas for optical phased arrays

H. Farheen, A. Strauch, J.C. Scheytt, V. Myroshnychenko, J. Förstner, in: Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XXVII, SPIE, 2023, pp. 124241D

We demonstrate a large-scale two dimensional silicon-based optical phased array (OPA) composed of nanoantennas with circular gratings that are balanced in power and aligned in phase, required for producing desired radiation patterns in the far-field. The OPAs are numerically optimized to have an upward efficiency of up to 90%, targeting radiation concentration mainly in the field of view. We envision that our OPAs have the ability of generating complex holographic images, rendering them an attractive candidate for a wide range of applications like LiDAR sensors, optical trapping, optogenetic stimulation and augmented-reality displays.

Tailoring the directive nature of optical waveguide antennas

H. Farheen, L. Yan, T. Leuteritz, S. Qiao, F. Spreyer, C. Schlickriede, V. Quiring, C. Eigner, C. Silberhorn, T. Zentgraf, S. Linden, V. Myroshnychenko, J. Förstner, in: Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XXVII, SPIE, 2023, pp. 124241E

We demonstrate the numerical and experimental realization of optimized optical traveling-wave antennas made of low-loss dielectric materials. These antennas exhibit highly directive radiation patterns and our studies reveal that this nature comes from two dominant guided TE modes excited in the waveguide-like director of the antenna, in addition to the leaky modes. The optimized antennas possess a broadband nature and have a nearunity radiation efficiency at an operational wavelength of 780 nm. Compared to the previously studied plasmonic antennas for photon emission, our all-dielectric approach demonstrates a new class of highly directional, low-loss, and broadband optical antennas.


Optimization of optical waveguide antennas for directive emission of light

H. Farheen, T. Leuteritz, S. Linden, V. Myroshnychenko, J. Förstner, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2022), 39(1), pp. 83

Optical traveling wave antennas offer unique opportunities to control and selectively guide light into a specific direction, which renders them excellent candidates for optical communication and sensing. These applications require state-of-the-art engineering to reach optimized functionalities such as high directivity and radiation efficiency, low sidelobe levels, broadband and tunable capabilities, and compact design. In this work, we report on the numerical optimization of the directivity of optical traveling wave antennas made from low-loss dielectric materials using full-wave numerical simulations in conjunction with the particle swarm optimization algorithm. The antennas are composed of a reflector and a director deposited on a glass substrate, and an emitter placed in the feed gap between them serves as an internal source of excitation. In particular, we analyze antennas with rectangular- and horn-shaped directors made of either hafnium dioxide or silicon. The optimized antennas produce highly directional emissions due to the presence of two dominant guided TE modes in the director in addition to leaky modes. These guided modes dominate the far-field emission pattern and govern the direction of the main lobe emission, which predominately originates from the end facet of the director. Our work also provides a comprehensive analysis of the modes, radiation patterns, parametric influences, and bandwidths of the antennas, which highlights their robust nature.

Numerical analysis of the coherent mechanism producing negative polarization at backscattering from systems of absorbing particles

S. Alhaddad, Y. Grynko, H. Farheen, J. Förstner, Optics Letters (2022), 47(1), pp. 58

We study a double-scattering coherent mechanism of negative polarization (NP) near opposition that is observed for powder-like surfaces. The problem is solved numerically for absorbing structures with irregular constituents, cubes, spheres, and ellipsoids larger than the wavelength of incident light. Our simulations show that double scattering between two random irregular particles shows weak NP. Adding one more particle significantly increases the relative contribution of double scattering which enhances NP. Simulations with regular shapes and controlled geometric parameters show that the interference mechanism is sensitive to the geometry of the scattering system and can also result in no polarization or even strong enhancement of positive polarization at backscattering.

Resonant evanescent excitation of OAM modes in a high-contrast circular step-index fiber

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, in: Complex Light and Optical Forces XVI, SPIE, 2022, pp. 120170F

Resonant evanescent coupling can be utilized to selectively excite orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes of high angular order supported by a thin circular dielectric rod. Our 2.5-D hybrid-analytical coupled mode model combines the vectorial fields associated with the fundamental TE- and TM-modes of a standard silicon photonics slab waveguide, propagating at oblique angles with respect to the rod axis, and the hybrid modes supported by the rod. One observes an efficient resonant interaction in cases where the common axial wavenumber of the waves in the slab matches the propagation constant of one or more modes of the rod. For certain modes of high angular order, the incident wave is able to transfer its directionality to the field in the fiber, exciting effectively only one of a pair of degenerate OAM modes

Light backscattering from numerical analog of planetary regoliths

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner. Light backscattering from numerical analog of planetary regoliths. In: 16th Europlanet Science Congress 2022, Granada, Spain, 2022.

Broadband optical Ta2O5 antennas for directional emission of light

H. Farheen, L. Yan, V. Quiring, C. Eigner, T. Zentgraf, S. Linden, J. Förstner, V. Myroshnychenko, Optics Express (2022), 30(11), pp. 19288

Highly directive antennas with the ability of shaping radiation patterns in desired directions are essential for efficient on-chip optical communication with reduced cross talk. In this paper, we design and optimize three distinct broadband traveling-wave tantalum pentoxide antennas exhibiting highly directional characteristics. Our antennas contain a director and reflector deposited on a glass substrate, which are excited by a dipole emitter placed in the feed gap between the two elements. Full-wave simulations in conjunction with global optimization provide structures with an enhanced linear directivity as high as 119 radiating in the substrate. The high directivity is a result of the interplay between two dominant TE modes and the leaky modes present in the antenna director. Furthermore, these low-loss dielectric antennas exhibit a near-unity radiation efficiency at the operational wavelength of 780 nm and maintain a broad bandwidth. Our numerical results are in good agreement with experimental measurements from the optimized antennas fabricated using a two-step electron-beam lithography, revealing the highly directive nature of our structures. We envision that our antenna designs can be conveniently adapted to other dielectric materials and prove instrumental for inter-chip optical communications and other on-chip applications.

Negative polarization of light at backscattering from a numerical analog of planetary regoliths

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, Icarus (2022), 384, pp. 115099

We model negative polarization, which is observed for planetary regoliths at backscattering, solving a full wave problem of light scattering with a numerically exact Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain (DGTD) method. Pieces of layers with the bulk packing density of particles close to 0.5 are used. The model particles are highly absorbing and have irregular shapes and sizes larger than the wavelength of light. This represents a realistic analog of low-albedo planetary regoliths. Our simulations confirm coherent backscattering mechanism of the origin of negative polarization. We show that angular profiles of polarization are stabilized if the number of particles in a layer piece becomes larger than ten. This allows application of our approach to the negative polarization modeling for planetary regoliths.

Asymmetric, non-uniform 3-dB directional coupler with 300-nm bandwidth and a small footprint

H. Nikbakht, M.T. Khoshmehr, B. van Someren, D. Teichrib, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, B.I. Akca, Optics Letters (2022), 48(2), pp. 207

Here we demonstrate a new, to the best of our knowledge, type of 3-dB coupler that has an ultra-broadband operational range from 1300 to 1600 nm with low fabrication sensitivity. The overall device size is 800 µm including in/out S-bend waveguides. The coupler is an asymmetric non-uniform directional coupler that consists of two tapered waveguides. One of the coupler arms is shifted by 100 µm in the propagation direction, which results in a more wavelength-insensitive 3-dB response compared to a standard (not shifted) coupler. Moreover, compared to a long adiabatic coupler, we achieved a similar wavelength response at a 16-times-smaller device length. The couplers were fabricated using the silicon nitride platform of Lionix International. We also experimentally demonstrated an optical switch that is made by using two of these couplers in a Mach–Zehnder interferometer configuration. According to experimental results, this optical switch exhibits –10 dB of extinction ratio over the 1500–1600 nm wavelength range. Our results indicate that this new type of coupler holds great promise for various applications, including optical imaging, telecommunications, and reconfigurable photonic processors where compact, fabrication-tolerant, and wavelength-insensitive couplers are essential.

Light Scattering by Large Densely Packed Clusters of Particles

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, in: Springer Series in Light Scattering - Volume 8: Light Polarization and Multiple Scattering in Turbid Media, Springer International Publishing, 2022

We review our results of numerical simulations of light scattering from different systems of densely packed irregular particles. We consider spherical clusters, thick layers and monolayers with realistic topologies and dimensions much larger than the wavelength of light. The maximum bulk packing density of clusters is 0.5. A numerically exact solution of the electromagnetic problem is obtained using the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain method and with application of high- performance computing. We show that high packing density causes light localization in such structures which makes an impact on the opposition phenomena: backscattering intensity surge and negative linear polarization feature. Diffuse multiple scattering is significantly reduced in the case of non-absorbing particles and near-field interaction results in a percolation-like light transport determined by the topology of the medium. With this the negative polarization feature caused by single scattering gets enhanced if compared to lower density samples. We also confirm coherent double scattering mechanism of negative polarization for light scattered from dense absorbing slabs. In this case convergent result for the scattering angle polarization dependency at backscattering can be obtained for a layer of just a few tens of particles if they are larger than the wavelength.

Flexible source of correlated photons based on LNOI rib waveguides

L. Ebers, A. Ferreri, M. Hammer, M. Albert, C. Meier, J. Förstner, P.R. Sharapova, Journal of Physics: Photonics (2022), 4, pp. 025001

Lithium niobate on insulator (LNOI) has a great potential for photonic integrated circuits, providing substantial versatility in design of various integrated components. To properly use these components in the implementation of different quantum protocols, photons with different properties are required. In this paper, we theoretically demonstrate a flexible source of correlated photons built on the LNOI waveguide of a special geometry. This source is based on the parametric down-conversion (PDC) process, in which the signal and idler photons are generated at the telecom wavelength and have different spatial profiles and polarizations, but the same group velocities. Distinguishability in polarizations and spatial profiles facilitates the routing and manipulating individual photons, while the equality of their group velocities leads to the absence of temporal walk-off between photons. We show how the spectral properties of the generated photons and the number of their frequency modes can be controlled depending on the pump characteristics and the waveguide length. Finally, we discuss special regimes, in which narrowband light with strong frequency correlations and polarization-entangled Bell states are generated at the telecom wavelength.

Far-field Calculation from magnetic Huygens Box Data using the Boundary Element Method

C. Marschalt, D. Schroder, S. Lange, U. Hilleringmann, C. Hedayat, H. Kuhn, D. Sievers, J. Förstner, in: 2022 Smart Systems Integration (SSI), IEEE, 2022

In this publication a novel method for far-field prediction from magnetic Huygens box data based on the boundary element method (BEM) is presented. Two examples are considered for the validation of this method. The first example represents an electric dipole so that the obtained calculations can be compared to an analytical solution. As a second example, a printed circuit board is considered and the calculated far-field is compared to a fullwave simulation. In both cases, the calculations for different field integral equations are under comparison, and the results indicate that the presented method performs very well with a combined field integral equation, for the specified problem, when only magnetic Huygens box data is given.


HighPerMeshes – A Domain-Specific Language for Numerical Algorithms on Unstructured Grids

S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, S. Groth, D. Grünewald, Y. Grynko, F. Hannig, T. Kenter, F. Pfreundt, C. Plessl, M. Schotte, T. Steinke, J. Teich, M. Weiser, F. Wende, in: Euro-Par 2020: Parallel Processing Workshops, 2021

Solving partial differential equations on unstructured grids is a cornerstone of engineering and scientific computing. Nowadays, heterogeneous parallel platforms with CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs enable energy-efficient and computationally demanding simulations. We developed the HighPerMeshes C++-embedded Domain-Specific Language (DSL) for bridging the abstraction gap between the mathematical and algorithmic formulation of mesh-based algorithms for PDE problems on the one hand and an increasing number of heterogeneous platforms with their different parallel programming and runtime models on the other hand. Thus, the HighPerMeshes DSL aims at higher productivity in the code development process for multiple target platforms. We introduce the concepts as well as the basic structure of the HighPerMeshes DSL, and demonstrate its usage with three examples, a Poisson and monodomain problem, respectively, solved by the continuous finite element method, and the discontinuous Galerkin method for Maxwell’s equation. The mapping of the abstract algorithmic description onto parallel hardware, including distributed memory compute clusters, is presented. Finally, the achievable performance and scalability are demonstrated for a typical example problem on a multi-core CPU cluster.

Dielectric travelling wave antennas for directional light emission

T. Leuteritz, H. Farheen, S. Qiao, F. Spreyer, C. Schlickriede, T. Zentgraf, V. Myroshnychenko, J. Förstner, S. Linden, Optics Express (2021), 29(10), 14694

We present a combined experimental and numerical study of the far-field emission properties of optical travelling wave antennas made from low-loss dielectric materials. The antennas considered here are composed of two simple building blocks, a director and a reflector, deposited on a glass substrate. Colloidal quantum dots placed in the feed gap between the two elements serve as internal light source. The emission profile of the antenna is mainly formed by the director while the reflector suppresses backward emission. Systematic studies of the director dimensions as well as variation of antenna material show that the effective refractive index of the director primarily governs the far-field emission pattern. Below cut off, i.e., if the director’s effective refractive index is smaller than the refractive index of the substrate, the main lobe results from leaky wave emission along the director. In contrast, if the director supports a guided mode, the emission predominately originates from the end facet of the director.

Resonant evanescent excitation of guided waves with high-order optical angular momentum

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2021), 38(5), pp. 1717

Gaussian-beam-like bundles of semi-guided waves propagating in a dielectric slab can excite modes with high-order optical angular momentum supported by a circular fiber. We consider a multimode step-index fiber with a high-index coating, where the waves in the slab are evanescently coupled to the modes of the fiber. Conditions for effective resonant interaction are identified. Based on a hybrid analytical–numerical coupled mode model, our simulations predict that substantial fractions of the input power can be focused into waves with specific orbital angular momentum, of excellent purity, with a clear distinction between degenerate modes with opposite vorticity.

Configurable lossless broadband beam splitters for semi-guided waves in integrated silicon photonics

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, OSA Continuum (2021), 4(12), pp. 3081

We show that narrow trenches in a high-contrast silicon-photonics slab can act as lossless power dividers for semi-guided waves. Reflectance and transmittance can be easily configured by selecting the trench width. At sufficiently high angles of incidence, the devices are lossless, apart from material attenuation and scattering due to surface roughness. We numerically simulate a series of devices within the full 0-to-1-range of splitting ratios, for semi-guided plane wave incidence as well as for excitation by focused Gaussian wave bundles. Straightforward cascading of the trenches leads to concepts for 1×M-power dividers and a polarization beam splitter.

The HighPerMeshes framework for numerical algorithms on unstructured grids

S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, S. Groth, D. Grünewald, Y. Grynko, F. Hannig, T. Kenter, F. Pfreundt, C. Plessl, M. Schotte, T. Steinke, J. Teich, M. Weiser, F. Wende, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (2021), pp. e6616

Integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors on titanium in-diffused lithium niobate waveguides

J.P. Höpker, V.B. Verma, M. Protte, R. Ricken, V. Quiring, C. Eigner, L. Ebers, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, C. Silberhorn, R.P. Mirin, S. Woo Nam, T. Bartley, Journal of Physics: Photonics (2021), 3, pp. 034022

We demonstrate the integration of amorphous tungsten silicide superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors on titanium in-diffused lithium niobate waveguides. We show proof-of-principle detection of evanescently coupled photons of 1550 nm wavelength using bidirectional waveguide coupling for two orthogonal polarization directions. We investigate the internal detection efficiency as well as detector absorption using coupling-independent characterization measurements. Furthermore, we describe strategies to improve the yield and efficiency of these devices.

Optoelectronic sampling of ultrafast electric transients with single quantum dots

A. Widhalm, S. Krehs, D. Siebert, N.L. Sharma, T. Langer, B. Jonas, D. Reuter, A. Thiede, J. Förstner, A. Zrenner, Applied Physics Letters (2021), 119, pp. 181109

In our work, we have engineered low capacitance single quantum dot photodiodes as sensor devices for the optoelectronic sampling of ultrafast electric signals. By the Stark effect, a time-dependent electric signal is converted into a time-dependent shift of the transition energy. This shift is measured accurately by resonant ps laser spectroscopy with photocurrent detection. In our experiments, we sample the laser synchronous output pulse of an ultrafast CMOS circuit with high resolution. With our quantum dot sensor device, we were able to sample transients below 20 ps with a voltage resolution in the mV-range.

Ultrafast electric control of cavity mediated single-photon and photon-pair generation with semiconductor quantum dots

D. Bauch, D.F. Heinze, J. Förstner, K. Jöns, S. Schumacher, Physical Review B (2021), 104, pp. 085308

Employing the ultrafast control of electronic states of a semiconductor quantum dot in a cavity, we introduce an approach to achieve on-demand emission of single photons with almost perfect indistinguishability and photon pairs with near ideal entanglement. Our scheme is based on optical excitation off resonant to a cavity mode followed by ultrafast control of the electronic states using the time-dependent quantum-confined Stark effect, which then allows for cavity-resonant emission. Our theoretical analysis considers cavity-loss mechanisms, the Stark effect, and phonon-induced dephasing, allowing realistic predictions for finite temperatures.


Hybrid coupled mode modelling of the evanescent excitation of a dielectric tube by semi-guided waves at oblique angles

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, Optical and Quantum Electronics (2020), 52, 472

A dielectric step-index optical fiber with tube-like profile is considered, being positioned with a small gap on top of a dielectric slab waveguide. We propose a 2.5-D hybrid analytical/numerical coupled mode model for the evanescent excitation of the tube through semi-guided waves propagating in the slab at oblique angles. The model combines the directional polarized modes supported by the slab with analytic solutions for the TE-, TM-, and orbital-angular-momentum (OAM) modes of the tube-shaped fiber. Implementational details of the scheme are discussed, complemented by finite-element simulations for verification purposes. Our results include configurations with resonant in-fiber excitation of OAM modes with large orbital angular momentum and strong field enhancement.

Nonlinear dielectric properties of random paraelectric-dielectric composites

V. Myroshnychenko, S. Smirnov, P.M.M. Jose, C. Brosseau, J. Förstner, Acta Materialia (2020), 203, pp. 116432

The challenge of designing new tunable nonlinear dielectric materials with tailored properties has attracted an increasing amount of interest recently. Herein, we study the effective nonlinear dielectric response of a stochastic paraelectric-dielectric composite consisting of equilibrium distributions of circular and partially penetrable disks (or parallel, infinitely long, identical, partially penetrable, circular cylinders) of a dielectric phase randomly dispersed in a continuous matrix of a paraelectric phase. The random microstructures were generated using the Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm. The evaluation of the effective permittivity and tunability were carried out by employing either a Landau thermodynamic model or its Johnson’s approximation to describe the field-dependent permittivity of the paraelectric phase and solving continuum-electrostatics equations using finite element calculations. We reveal that the percolation threshold in this composite governs the critical behavior of the effective permittivity and tunability. For microstructures below the percolation threshold, our simulations demonstrate a strong nonlinear behaviour of the field-dependent effective permittivity and very high tunability that increases as a function of dielectric phase concentration. Above the percolation threshold, the effective permittivity shows the tendency to linearization and the tunability dramatically drops down. The highly reduced permittivity and extraordinarily high tunability are obtained for the composites with dielectric impenetrable disks at high concentrations, in which the triggering of the percolation transition is avoided. The reported results cast light on distinct nonlinear behaviour of 2D and 3D stochastic composites and can guide the design of novel composites with the controlled morphology and tailored permittivity and tunability.

Light backscattering from large clusters of densely packed irregular particles

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, J. Förstner, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2020), 255, pp. 107234

We numerically simulate multiple light scattering in discrete disordered media represented by large clusters of irregular non-absorbing particles. The packing density of clusters is 0.5. With such conditions diffuse scattering is significantly reduced and light transport follows propagation channels that are determined by the particle size and topology of the medium. This kind of localization produces coherent backscattering intensity surge and enhanced negative polarization branch if compared to lower density samples.

Light diffraction in slab waveguide lenses simulated with the stepwise angular spectrum method

L. Ebers, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, Optics Express (2020), 28(24), pp. 36361

A stepwise angular spectrum method (SASM) for curved interfaces is presented to calculate the wave propagation in planar lens-like integrated optical structures based on photonic slab waveguides. The method is derived and illustrated for an effective 2D setup first and then for 3D slab waveguide lenses. We employ slab waveguides of different thicknesses connected by curved surfaces to realize a lens-like structure. To simulate the wave propagation in 3D including reflection and scattering losses, the stepwise angular spectrum method is combined with full vectorial finite element computations for subproblems with lower complexity. Our SASM results show excellent agreement with rigorous numerical simulations of the full structures with a substantially lower computational effort and can be utilized for the simulation-based design and optimization of complex and large scale setups.

Towards Semiconductor-Superconductor-Crystal Hybrid Integration for Quantum Photonics

M. Protte, L. Ebers, M. Hammer, J.P. Höpker, M. Albert, V. Quiring, C. Meier, J. Förstner, C. Silberhorn, T. Bartley, in: OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference, 2020

We fabricate silicon tapers to increase the mode overlap of superconducting detectors on Ti:LiNbO3 waveguides. Mode images show a reduction in mode size from 6 µm to 2 µm FWHM, agreeing with beam propagation simulations.

Electrically controlled rapid adiabatic passage in a single quantum dot

A. Mukherjee, A. Widhalm, D. Siebert, S. Krehs, N. Sharma, A. Thiede, D. Reuter, J. Förstner, A. Zrenner, Applied Physics Letters (2020), 116, pp. 251103


Ultrafast electric control of a single QD exciton

J. Förstner, A. Widhalm, A. Mukherjee, S. Krehs, B. Jonas, K. Spychala, J. Förstner, A. Thiede, D. Reuter, A. Zrenner. Ultrafast electric control of a single QD exciton. In: , 2020.


Method of superposing a multiple driven magnetic field to minimize stray fields around the receiver for inductive wireless power transmission

S. Lange, M. Büker, D. Sievers, C. Hedayat, J. Förstner, U. Hilleringmann, T. Otto, in: Smart Systems Integration; 13th International Conference and Exhibition on Integration Issues of Miniaturized Systems, VDE VERLAG GMBH, 2019, pp. 1-4

This paper presents a new methodology by using a multiple coil array for energy transmission. The complex current strengths of the transmitting coil array are calculated by having the knowledge about of the mutual inductances and the symmetries of the transmitting coil array, so that its resulting magnetic field mainly penetrates only the receiving coil and is strongly attenuated outside. This method is used for an optimized wireless energy transmission but can also be implemented for other inductive applications.

Light scattering by 3-Foci convex and concave particles in the geometrical optics approximation

D. Stankevich, L. Hradyska, Y. Shkuratov, Y. Grynko, G. Videen, J. Förstner, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2019), 231, pp. 49

We consider light scattering from a new type of model particle whose shape is represented in the form of a generalized ellipsoid having N foci, where N is greater than two. Such particles can be convex as well as concave. We use the geometrical optics approximation to study the light scattering from 3-foci particles. Non-zero elements of the scattering matrix are calculated for ensembles of randomly oriented independent transparent particles, m = n + i0. Several internal reflection orders are considered separately. It was found that the transmission-transmission (TT) and transmission-reflectance-transmission (TRT) components dominate in the formation of intensity of scattered light at large and small phase angles, respectively. We found a significant role of the total internal reflections of the TRT in the middle portion of the phase angle range. The main factors in the formation of positive linear polarization are the R and TRT component. The TT component is responsible for the formation of negative polarization branch at large phase angles.

Oblique quasi-lossless excitation of a thin silicon slab waveguide: a guided-wave variant of an anti-reflection coating

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2019), 36, pp. 2395

Coupled microstrip-cavities under oblique incidence of semi-guided waves: a lossless integrated optical add-drop filter

L. Ebers, M. Hammer, M.B. Berkemeier, A. Menzel, J. Förstner, OSA Continuum (2019), 2, pp. 3288

We investigate optical microresonators consisting of either one or two coupled rectangular strips between upper and lower slab waveguides. The cavities are evanescently excited under oblique angles by thin-film guided, in-plane unguided waves supported by one of the slab waveguides. Beyond a specific incidence angle, losses are fully suppressed. The interaction between the guided mode of the cavity-strip and the incoming slab modes leads to resonant behavior for specific incidence angles and gaps. For a single cavity, at resonance, the input power is equally split among each of the four output ports, while for two cavities an add-drop filter can be realized that, at resonance, routes the incoming power completely to the forward drop waveguide via the cavity. For both applications, the strength of the interaction is controlled by the gaps between cavities and waveguides.

Optical transition between two optical waveguides layer and method for transmitting light

M. Hammer, J. Förstner, L. Ebers. Optical transition between two optical waveguides layer and method for transmitting light, Patent DE102018108110B3. 2019.

Die Erfindung betrifft einen optischen Übergang zwischen zwei optischen Schichtwellenleitern. Dazu ist eine Anordnung vorgesehen aus einem ersten optischen Schichtwellenleiter (2) und einem zweiten optischen Schichtwellenleiter (3), wobei der erste optische Schichtwellenleiter (2) und der zweite optische Schichtwellenleiter (3) voneinander verschiedene über ihre jeweilige Länge konstante Dicken (d, r) aufweisen, der erste optische Schichtwellenleiter (2) mit dem zweiten optischen Schichtwellenleiter (3) mittels einer optischen Schichtwellenleiterstruktur (4) verbunden ist, die über ihre gesamte Länge (w) eine Dicke (h) aufweist, die zwischen der Dicke (d) des ersten optischen Schichtwellenleiters (2) und der Dicke (r) des zweiten optischen Schichtwellenleiters (3) liegt. Erfindungsgemäß ist die Dicke (h) der optischen Schichtwellenleiterstruktur (4) über die gesamte Länge (w) der optischen Schichtwellenleiterstruktur (4) konstant. Damit wird eine Möglichkeit für einen effizienten und mit geringen Verlusten behafteten Übergang zwischen zwei optischen Schichtwellenleitern mit unterschiedlicher Dicke bereitgestellt.

Oblique evanescent excitation of a dielectric strip: A model resonator with an open optical cavity of unlimited Q

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, J. Förstner, Optics Express (2019), 27(7), pp. 8

A rectangular dielectric strip at some distance above an optical slab waveguide is being considered, for evanescent excitation of the strip through the semi-guided waves supported by the slab, at specific oblique angles. The 2.5-D configuration shows resonant transmission properties with respect to variations of the angle of incidence, or of the excitation frequency, respectively. The strength of the interaction can be controlled by the gap between strip and slab. For increasing distance, our simulations predict resonant states with unit extremal reflectance of an angular or spectral width that tends to zero, i.e. resonances with a Q-factor that tends to infinity, while the resonance position approaches the level of the guided mode of the strip. This exceptionally simple system realizes what might be termed a “bound state coupled to the continuum”.


Solving Maxwell's Equations with Modern C++ and SYCL: A Case Study

A. Afzal, C. Schmitt, S. Alhaddad, Y. Grynko, J. Teich, J. Förstner, F. Hannig, in: Proceedings of the 29th Annual IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP), 2018, pp. 49-56

In scientific computing, unstructured meshes are a crucial foundation for the simulation of real-world physical phenomena. Compared to regular grids, they allow resembling the computational domain with a much higher accuracy, which in turn leads to more efficient computations.<br />There exists a wealth of supporting libraries and frameworks that aid programmers with the implementation of applications working on such grids, each built on top of existing parallelization technologies. However, many approaches require the programmer to introduce a different programming paradigm into their application or provide different variants of the code. SYCL is a new programming standard providing a remedy to this dilemma by building on standard C ++17 with its so-called single-source approach: Programmers write standard C ++ code and expose parallelism using C++17 keywords. The application is<br />then transformed into a concrete implementation by the SYCL implementation. By encapsulating the OpenCL ecosystem, different SYCL implementations enable not only the programming of CPUs but also of heterogeneous platforms such as GPUs or other devices. For the first time, this paper showcases a SYCL-<br />based solver for the nodal Discontinuous Galerkin method for Maxwell’s equations on unstructured meshes. We compare our solution to a previous C-based implementation with respect to programmability and performance on heterogeneous platforms.<br

Oblique incidence of semi-guided planar waves on slab waveguide steps: effects of rounded edges

L. Ebers, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, Optics Express (2018), 26(14), pp. 18621-18632

Oblique propagation of semi-guided waves across slab waveguide structures with bent corners is investigated. A critical angle can be defined beyond which all radiation losses are suppressed. Additionally an increase of the curvature radius of the bends also leads to low-loss configurations for incidence angles below that critical angle. A combination of two bent corner systems represents a step-like structure, behaving like a Fabry-Perot interferometer, with two partial reflectors separated by the vertical height between the horizontal slabs. We numerically analyse typical high-index-contrast Si/SiO2 structures for their reflectance and transmittance properties. When increasing the curvature radius the resonant effect becomes less relevant such that full transmittance is reached with less critical conditions on the vertical distance or the incidence angle. For practical interest 3-D problems are considered, where the structures are excited by the fundamental mode of a wide, shallow rib waveguide. High transmittance levels can be observed also for these 3-D configurations depending on the width of the rib.

Oblique Semi-Guided Waves: 2-D Integrated Photonics with Negative Effective Permittivity

M. Hammer, L. Ebers, A. Hildebrandt, S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, in: 2018 IEEE 17th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Electromagnetic Theory (MMET), IEEE, 2018

Semi-guided waves confined in dielectric slab waveguides are being considered for oblique angles of propagation. If the waves encounter a linear discontinuity of (mostly) arbitrary shape and extension, a variant of Snell's law applies, separately for each pair of incoming and outgoing modes. Depending on the effective indices involved, and on the angle of incidence, power transfer to specific outgoing waves can be allowed or forbidden. In particular, critical angles of incidence can be identified, beyond which any power transfer to non-guided waves is forbidden, i.e. all radiative losses are suppressed. In that case the input power is carried away from the discontinuity exclusively by reflected semi-guided waves in the input slab, or by semi-guided waves that are transmitted into other outgoing slab waveguides. Vectorial equations on a 2-D cross sectional domain apply. These are formally identical to the equations that govern the eigenmodes of 3-D channel waveguides. Here, however, these need to be solved not as an eigenvalue problem, but as an inhomogeneous problem with a right-hand-side that is given by the incoming semi-guided wave, and subject to transparent boundary conditions. The equations resemble a standard 2-D Helmholtz problem, with an effective permittivity in place of the actual relative permittivity. Depending on the properties of the incoming wave, including the angle of incidence, this effective permittivity can become locally negative, causing the suppression of propagating outgoing waves. A series of high-contrast example configurations are discussed, where these effects lead to - in some respects - quite surprising transmission characteristics.

Application of the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain Method in Nonlinear Nanoplasmonics

Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, in: 2018 IEEE 17th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Electromagnetic Theory (MMET), IEEE, 2018


Polarization Conversion Effect in Biological and Synthetic Photonic Diamond Structures

X. Wu, F.L. Rodríguez-Gallegos, M. Heep, B. Schwind, G. Li, H. Fabritius, G. von Freymann, J. Förstner, Advanced Optical Materials (2018), 6(24), pp. 1800635

Polarization of light is essential for some living organisms and many optical applications. Here, an orientation dependent polarization conversion effect is reported for light reflected from diamond‐structure‐based photonic crystals (D‐structure) inside the scales of a beetle, the weevil Entimus imperialis. When linearly polarized light propagates along its 〈100〉 directions, the D‐structure behaves analogous to a half‐wave plate in reflection but based on a different mechanism. The D‐structure rotates the polarization direction of linearly polarized light, and reflects circularly polarized light of both handednesses without changing it. This polarization effect is different from circular dichroism occurring in chiral biological photonic structures discovered before. The structural origin of this effect is symmetry breaking inside D‐structure's unit cell. This finding demonstrates that natural photonic structures can exploit multiple functionalities inherent to the design principles of their structural organization. Aiming at transferring the inherent polarization effect of the biological D‐structure to technically realizable materials, three simplified biomimetic structural models are derived and it is theoretically demonstrated that they retain the effect. Out of these structures, functioning woodpile structure prototypes are fabricated.

Unveiling and Imaging Degenerate States in Plasmonic Nanoparticles with Nanometer Resolution

V. Myroshnychenko, N. Nishio, F.J. García de Abajo, J. Förstner, N. Yamamoto, ACS Nano (2018), 12(8), pp. 8436-8446

Metal nanoparticles host localized plasmon excitations that allow the manipulation of optical fields at the nanoscale. Despite the availability of several techniques for imaging plasmons, direct access into the symmetries of these excitations remains elusive, thus hindering progress in the development of applications. Here, we present a combination of angle-, polarization-, and space-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy methods to selectively access the symmetry and degeneracy of plasmonic states in lithographically fabricated gold nanoprisms. We experimentally reveal and spatially map degenerate states of multipole plasmon modes with nanometer spatial resolution and further provide recipes for resolving optically dark and out-of-plane modes. Full-wave simulations in conjunction with a simple tight-binding model explain the complex plasmon structure in these particles and reveal intriguing mode-symmetry phenomena. Our approach introduces systematics for a comprehensive symmetry characterization of plasmonic states in high-symmetry nanostructures.

Intensity surge and negative polarization of light from compact irregular particles

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, J. Förstner, Optics Letters (2018), 43(15), pp. 3562

We study the dependence of the intensity and linear polarization of light scattered by isolated particles with the compact irregular shape on their size using the discontinuous Galerkin time domain numerical method. The size parameter of particles varies in the range of X = 10 to 150, and the complex refractive index is m = 1.5 + 0i. Our results show that the backscattering negative polarization branch weakens monotonously, but does not disappear at large sizes, up to the geometrical optics regime, and can be simulated without accounting for wave effects. The intensity backscattering surge becomes narrower with increasing particle size. For X = 150, the surge width is several degrees.

Simulation leitungsgeführter Störspannungen von DC-DC-Wandlern

T. Baumgarten, P. Scholz, D. Sievers, J. Förstner, in: Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit - Internationale Fachmesse und Kongress 2018, 2018, pp. 47

In diesem Beitrag werden simulatorische und messtechnische EMV-Untersuchungen von Gleichspannungswandlern vorgestellt. Der Fokus liegt auf leitungsgeführten Störspannungen, ihre Abhängigkeit vom Schaltungslayout und ihre Unterdrückung durch Filterung. Der Simulationsprozess besteht aus kombinierten Feld- und Netzwerksimulationen. Zur Bewertung der Simulationsresultate werden zwei Prototypen gezeigt, die gute und schlechte EMV-Eigenschaften aufweisen. Bei der Beurteilung der Resultate wird insbesondere Wert auf die Untersuchung gelegt, inwieweit einfache Schaltungssimulationen ausreichen, um leitungsgeführte Störspannungen korrekt vorherzusagen und wann aufwändigere Feldsimulationen notwendig sind.

OpenCL-based FPGA Design to Accelerate the Nodal Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Unstructured Meshes

T. Kenter, G. Mahale, S. Alhaddad, Y. Grynko, C. Schmitt, A. Afzal, F. Hannig, J. Förstner, C. Plessl, in: Proc. Int. Symp. on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), IEEE, 2018

The exploration of FPGAs as accelerators for scientific simulations has so far mostly been focused on small kernels of methods working on regular data structures, for example in the form of stencil computations for finite difference methods. In computational sciences, often more advanced methods are employed that promise better stability, convergence, locality and scaling. Unstructured meshes are shown to be more effective and more accurate, compared to regular grids, in representing computation domains of various shapes. Using unstructured meshes, the discontinuous Galerkin method preserves the ability to perform explicit local update operations for simulations in the time domain. In this work, we investigate FPGAs as target platform for an implementation of the nodal discontinuous Galerkin method to find time-domain solutions of Maxwell's equations in an unstructured mesh. When maximizing data reuse and fitting constant coefficients into suitably partitioned on-chip memory, high computational intensity allows us to implement and feed wide data paths with hundreds of floating point operators. By decoupling off-chip memory accesses from the computations, high memory bandwidth can be sustained, even for the irregular access pattern required by parts of the application. Using the Intel/Altera OpenCL SDK for FPGAs, we present different implementation variants for different polynomial orders of the method. In different phases of the algorithm, either computational or bandwidth limits of the Arria 10 platform are almost reached, thus outperforming a highly multithreaded CPU implementation by around 2x.

Tailored UV Emission by Nonlinear IR Excitation from ZnO Photonic Crystal Nanocavities

S.P. Hoffmann, M. Albert, N. Weber, D. Sievers, J. Förstner, T. Zentgraf, C. Meier, ACS Photonics (2018), 5, pp. 1933-1942

Ultrafast electric phase control of a single exciton qubit

A. Widhalm, A. Mukherjee, S. Krehs, N. Sharma, P. Kölling, A. Thiede, D. Reuter, J. Förstner, A. Zrenner, Applied Physics Letters (2018), 112(11), pp. 111105

We report on the coherent phase manipulation of quantum dot excitons by electric means. For our experiments, we use a low capacitance single quantum dot photodiode which is electrically controlled by a custom designed SiGe:C BiCMOS chip. The phase manipulation is performed and quantified in a Ramsey experiment, where ultrafast transient detuning of the exciton energy is performed synchronous to double pulse p/2 ps laser excitation. We are able to demonstrate electrically controlled phase manipulations with magnitudes up to 3p within 100 ps which is below the dephasing time of the quantum dot exciton.


Radar backscattering from a large-grain cometary coma: numerical simulation

S. Dogra, Y. Grynko, E. Zubko, J. Förstner, Astronomy & Astrophysics (2017), 608, pp. A20

We numerically simulate the circular polarization ratio of the radar signal backscattered from a large-grain cometary coma and compare the simulation results with the radar measurements for seven comets. We apply the discrete dipole approximation method and a model of random irregular particles. Our results confirm water ice composition of the cm-sized chunks detected by the NASA Deep Impact space probe in the vicinity of the nucleus of Comet 103P/Hartley 2. The index of the power-law size distribution in this case can be constrained to the range n ≈ 3.3–4.3. For the other considered comets the circular polarization ratio can be reproduced with variations of the power index between 2 and 5.

Hybrid coupled-mode modeling in 3D: perturbed and coupled channels, and waveguide crossings

M. Hammer, S. Alhaddad, J. Förstner, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2017), 34(3), pp. 613-624

The 3D implementation of a hybrid analytical/numerical variant of the coupled-mode theory is discussed. Eigenmodes of the constituting dielectric channels are computed numerically. The frequency-domain coupled-mode models then combine these into fully vectorial approximations for the optical electromagnetic fields of the composite structure. Following a discretization of amplitude functions by 1D finite elements, pro- cedures from the realm of finite-element numerics are applied to establish systems of linear equations for the then- discrete modal amplitudes. Examples substantiate the functioning of the technique and allow for some numerical assessment. The full 3D simulations are highly efficient in memory consumption, moderately demanding in com- putational time, and, in regimes of low radiative losses, sufficiently accurate for practical design. Our results include the perturbation of guided modes by changes of the refractive indices, the interaction of waves in parallel, horizontally or vertically coupled straight waveguides, and a series of crossings of potentially overlapping channels with fairly arbitrary relative positions and orientations.

Spiral modes supported by circular dielectric tubes and tube segments

L. Ebers, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, Optical and Quantum Electronics (2017), 49(4), pp. 49:176

The modal properties of curved dielectric slab waveguides are investigated. We consider quasi-confined, attenuated modes that propagate at oblique angles with respect to the axis through the center of curvature. Our analytical model describes the transition from scalar 2-D TE/TM bend modes to lossless spiral waves at near-axis propagation angles, with a continuum of vectorial attenuated spiral modes in between. Modal solutions are characterized in terms of directional wavenumbers and attenuation constants. Examples for vectorial mode profiles illustrate the effects of oblique wave propagation along the curved slab segments. For the regime of lossless spiral waves, the relation with the guided modes of corresponding dielectric tubes is demonstrated.

Direction-tunable enhanced emission from a subwavelength metallic double-nanoslit structure

X. Song, N. Wang, M. Yan, C. Lin, J. Förstner, W. Yang, Optics Express (2017), 25(12), pp. 13207-13214

Controlling light emission out of subwavelength nanoslit/aperture structures is of great important for highly integrated photonic circuits. Here we propose a new method to achieve direction-tunable emission based on a compact metallic microcavity with double nanoslit. Our method combines the principles of Young’s interference and surface plasmon polaritons interference. We show that the direction of the far-field beam can be controlled over a wide range of angles by manipulating the frequency and relative phase of light arriving at the two slits, which holds promise for applications in the ultracompact optoelectronic devices.

Simulation of Second Harmonic Generation from Photonic Nanostructures Using the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain Method

Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, in: Recent Trends in Computational Photonics, Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp. 261-284

We apply the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain (DGTD) method for numerical simulations of the second harmonic generation from various metallic nanostructures. A Maxwell–Vlasov hydrodynamic model is used to describe the nonlinear effects in the motion of the excited free electrons in a metal. The results are compared with the corresponding experimental measurements for split-ring resonators and plasmonic gap antennas.

Directional Emission from Dielectric Leaky-Wave Nanoantennas

M. Peter, A. Hildebrandt, C. Schlickriede, K. Gharib, T. Zentgraf, J. Förstner, S. Linden, Nano Letters (2017), 17(7), pp. 4178-4183

Flexible FPGA design for FDTD using OpenCL

T. Kenter, J. Förstner, C. Plessl, in: Proc. Int. Conf. on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), IEEE, 2017

Compared to classical HDL designs, generating FPGA with high-level synthesis from an OpenCL specification promises easier exploration of different design alternatives and, through ready-to-use infrastructure and common abstractions for host and memory interfaces, easier portability between different FPGA families. In this work, we evaluate the extent of this promise. To this end, we present a parameterized FDTD implementation for photonic microcavity simulations. Our design can trade-off different forms of parallelism and works for two independent OpenCL-based FPGA design flows. Hence, we can target FPGAs from different vendors and different FPGA families. We describe how we used pre-processor macros to achieve this flexibility and to work around different shortcomings of the current tools. Choosing the right design configurations, we are able to present two extremely competitive solutions for very different FPGA targets, reaching up to 172 GFLOPS sustained performance. With the portability and flexibility demonstrated, code developers not only avoid vendor lock-in, but can even make best use of real trade-offs between different architectures.


Second harmonic generation spectroscopy on hybrid plasmonic/dielectric nanoantennas

H. Linnenbank, Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, S. Linden, Light: Science & Applications (2016), 5(1), pp. e16013

Oblique incidence of semi-guided waves on step-like folds in planar dielectric slabs: Lossless vertical interconnects in 3D integrated photonic circuits

A. Hildebrandt, S. Alhaddad, M. Hammer, J. Förstner, in: Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XX, SPIE, 2016


Light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds: From exact numerical methods to physical-optics approximation

A. Konoshonkin, A. Borovoi, N. Kustova, H. Okamoto, H. Ishimoto, Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2016), 195, pp. 132-140

The problem of light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds is considered in the case of a hexagonal ice plate with different distributions over crystal orientations. The physical-optics approximation based on (E, M)-diffraction theory is compared with two exact numerical methods: the finite difference time domain (FDTD) and the discontinuous Galerkin time domain (DGTD) in order to estimate its accuracy and limits of applicability. It is shown that the accuracy of the physical-optics approximation is estimated as 95% for the averaged backscattering Mueller matrix for particles with size parameter more than 120. Furthermore, the simple expression that allows one to estimate the minimal number of particle orientations required for appropriate spatial averaging has been derived.

Comparison between the physical-optics approximation and exact methods solving the problem of light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds

A.V. Konoshonkin, N.V. Kustova, A.G. Borovoi, H. Okamoto, K. Sato, H. Ishimoto, Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, in: 22nd International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics, SPIE, 2016

In the problem of light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds, two exact methods (FDTD – finite difference time domain and DGTD – discontinuous Galerkin time domain) and the physical-optics approximation are used for numerical calculations of the Mueller matrix in the case of ice hexagonal plates and columns. It is shown that for the crystals larger than 10 μm at the wavelength of 0.532 μm the exact methods and physical-optics approximation closely agreed within three diffraction fringes about the centers of the diffraction patterns. As a result, in the case of random orientation of these crystals, the physical-optics approximation provides accuracy 95% for the averaged Mueller matrix.

Phase sensitive properties and coherent manipulation of a photonic crystal microcavity

W. Quiring, B. Jonas, J. Förstner, A.K. Rai, D. Reuter, A.D. Wieck, A. Zrenner, Optics Express (2016), 24(18), pp. 20672-20684

We present phase sensitive cavity field measurements on photonic crystal microcavities. The experiments have been performed as autocorrelation measurements with ps double pulse laser excitation for resonant and detuned conditions. Measured E-field autocorrelation functions reveal a very strong detuning dependence of the phase shift between laser and cavity field and of the autocorrelation amplitude of the cavity field. The fully resolved phase information allows for a precise frequency discrimination and hence for a precise measurement of the detuning between laser and cavity. The behavior of the autocorrelation amplitude and phase and their detuning dependence can be fully described by an analytic model. Furthermore, coherent control of the cavity field is demonstrated by tailored laser excitation with phase and amplitude controlled pulses. The experimental proof and verification of the above described phenomena became possible by an electric detection scheme, which employs planar photonic crystal microcavity photo diodes with metallic Schottky contacts in the defect region of the resonator. The applied photo current detection was shown to work also efficiently at room temperature, which make electrically contacted microcavities attractive for real world applications.

Light scattering by irregular particles much larger than the wavelength with wavelength-scale surface roughness

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, J. Förstner, Optics Letters (2016), 41(15), pp. 3491-3493

We simulate light scattering by random irregular particles that have dimensions much larger than the wavelength of incident light at the size parameter of 𝑋=200 using the discontinuous Galerkin time domain method. A comparison of the DGTD solution for smoothly faceted particles with that obtained with a geometric optics model shows good agreement for the scattering angle curves of intensity and polarization. If a wavelength-scale surface roughness is introduced, diffuse scattering at rough interface results in smooth and featureless curves for all scattering matrix elements which is consistent with the laboratory measurements of real samples.

Light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds: comparison of the physical optics methods

A.V. Konoshonkin, N.V. Kustova, A.G. Borovoi, Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2016), 182, pp. 12-23

The physical optics approximations are derived from the Maxwell equations. The scattered field equations by Kirchhoff, Stratton-Chu, Kottler and Franz are compared and discussed. It is shown that in the case of faceted particles, these equations reduce to a sum of the diffraction integrals, where every diffraction integral is associated with one plane–parallel optical beam leaving a particle facet. In the far zone, these diffraction integrals correspond to the Fraunhofer diffraction patterns. The paper discusses the E-, M- and (E, M)-diffraction theories as applied to ice crystals of cirrus clouds. The comparison to the exact solution obtained by the discontinuous Galerkin time domain method shows that the Kirchhoff diffraction theory is preferable.

Discrete plasmonic solitons in graphene-coated nanowire arrays

Y. Kou, J. Förstner, Optics Express (2016), 24(5), pp. 4714

e study the discrete soliton formation in one- and two- dimensional arrays of nanowires coated with graphene monolayers. Highly confined solitons, including the fundamental and the higher-order modes, are found to be supported by the proposed structure with a low level of power flow. Numerical analysis reveals that, by tuning the input intensity and Fermi energy, the beam diffraction, soliton dimension and propagation loss can be fully controlled in a broad range, indicating potential values of the graphene-based solitons in nonlinear/active nanophotonic systems.

The role of electromagnetic interactions in second harmonic generation from plasmonic metamaterials

J. Alberti, H. Linnenbank, S. Linden, Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, Applied Physics B (2016), 122(2), pp. 45-50

We report on second harmonic generation spectroscopy on a series of rectangular arrays of split-ring resonators. Within the sample series, the lattice constants are varied, but the area of the unit cell is kept fixed. The SHG signal intensity of the different arrays upon resonant excitation of the fundamental plasmonic mode strongly depends on the respective arrangement of the split-ring resonators. This finding can be explained by variations of the electromagnetic interactions between the split-ring resonators in the different arrays. The experimental results are in agreement with numerical calculations based on the discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method. (PDF) The role of electromagnetic interactions.... Available from: [accessed Aug 13 2018].

Fabrication and characterization of two-dimensional cubic AlN photonic crystal membranes containing zincblende GaN quantum dots

S. Blumenthal, M. Bürger, A. Hildebrandt, J. Förstner, N. Weber, C. Meier, D. Reuter, D.J. As, physica status solidi (c) (2016), 13(5-6), pp. 292-296

We successfully developed a process to fabricate freestanding cubic aluminium nitride (c-AlN) membranes containing cubic gallium nitride (c-GaN) quantum dots (QDs). The samples were grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). To realize the photonic crystal (PhC) membrane we have chosen a triangular array of holes. The array was fabricated by electron beam lithography and several steps of reactive ion etching (RIE) with the help of a hard mask and an undercut of the active layer. The r/a- ratio of 0.35 was deter- mined by numerical simulations to obtain a preferably wide photonic band gap. Micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) measurements of the photonic crystals, in particular of a H1 and a L3 cavity, and the emission of the QD ensemble were performed to characterize the samples. The PhCs show high quality factors of 4400 for the H1 cavity and about 5000/3000 for two different modes of the L3 cavity, respectively. The energy of the fundamental modes is in good agreement to the numerical simulations.

Simulations of high harmonic generation from plasmonic nanoparticles in the terahertz region

Y. Grynko, T. Zentgraf, T. Meier, J. Förstner, Applied Physics B (2016), 122(9), pp. 242



Full Resonant Transmission of Semiguided Planar Waves Through Slab Waveguide Steps at Oblique Incidence

M. Hammer, A. Hildebrandt, J. Förstner, Journal of Lightwave Technology (2015), 34(3), pp. 997-1005

Sheets of slab waveguides with sharp corners are investigated. By means of rigorous numerical experiments, we look at oblique incidence of semi-guided plane waves. Radiation losses vanish beyond a certain critical angle of incidence. One can thus realize lossless propagation through 90-degree corner configurations, where the remaining guided waves are still subject to pronounced reflection and polarization conversion. A system of two corners can be viewed as a structure akin to a Fabry-Perot-interferometer. By adjusting the distance between the two partial reflectors, here the 90-degree corners, one identifies step-like configurations that transmit the semi-guided plane waves without radiation losses, and virtually without reflections. Simulations of semi-guided beams with in-plane wide Gaussian profiles show that the effect survives in a true 3-D framework.

Unveiling Nanometer Scale Extinction and Scattering Phenomena through Combined Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Cathodoluminescence Measurements

A. Losquin, L.F. Zagonel, V. Myroshnychenko, B. Rodríguez-González, M. Tencé, L. Scarabelli, J. Förstner, L.M. Liz-Marzán, F.J. García de Abajo, O. Stéphan, M. Kociak, Nano Letters (2015), 15(2), pp. 1229-1237

Plasmon modes of the exact same individual gold nanoprisms are investigated through combined nanometer-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements. We show that CL only probes the radiative modes, in contrast to EELS, which additionally reveals dark modes. The combination of both techniques on the same particles thus provides complementary information and also demonstrates that although the radiative modes give rise to very similar spatial distributions when probed by EELS or CL, their resonant energies appear to be different. We trace this phenomenon back to plasmon dissipation, which affects in different ways the plasmon signatures probed by these techniques. Our experiments are in agreement with electromagnetic numerical simulations and can be further interpreted within the framework of a quasistatic analytical model. We therefore demonstrate that CL and EELS are closely related to optical scattering and extinction, respectively, with the addition of nanometer spatial resolution.

How planar optical waves can be made to climb dielectric steps

M. Hammer, A. Hildebrandt, J. Förstner, Optics Letters (2015), 40(16), pp. 3711-3714

We show how to optically connect guiding layers at different elevations in a 3-D integrated photonic circuit. Transfer of optical power carried by planar, semi-guided waves is possible without reflections or radiation losses, and over large vertical distances. This functionality is realized through simple step-like folds of high-contrast dielectric slab waveguides, in combination with oblique wave incidence, and fulfilling a resonance condition. Radiation losses vanish, and polarization conversion is suppressed for TE wave incidence beyond certain critical angles. This can be understood by fundamental arguments resting on a version of Snell’s law. The two 90° corners of a step act as identical partial reflectors in a Fabry–Perot-like resonator setup. By selecting the step height, i.e., the distance between the reflectors, one realizes resonant states with full transmission. Rigorous quasi-analytical simulations for typical silicon/silica parameters demonstrate the functioning. Combinations of several step junctions can lead to other types of optical on-chip connects, e.g., U-turn- or bridge-like configurations.

Subwavelength binary plasmonic solitons

Y. Kou, J. Förstner, Optics Letters (2015), 40(6), pp. 851-854

We study the formation of subwavelength solitons in binary metal-dielectric lattices. We show that the transverse modulation of the lattice constant breaks the fundamental plasmonic band and suppresses the discrete diffraction of surface plasmon waves. New types of plasmonic solitons are found, and their characteristics are analyzed. We also demonstrate the existence of photonic-plasmonic vector solitons and elucidate their propagation properties.

Robust Population Inversion by Polarization Selective Pulsed Excitation

D. Mantei, J. Förstner, S. Gordon, Y.A. Leier, A.K. Rai, D. Reuter, A.D. Wieck, A. Zrenner, Scientific Reports (2015), 5(1), pp. 10313

The coherent state preparation and control of single quantum systems is an important prerequisite for the implementation of functional quantum devices. Prominent examples for such systems are semiconductor quantum dots, which exhibit a fine structure split single exciton state and a V-type three level structure, given by a common ground state and two distinguishable and separately excitable transitions. In this work we introduce a novel concept for the preparation of a robust inversion by the sequential excitation in a V-type system via distinguishable paths.

Coupling Mediated Coherent Control of Localized Surface Plasmon Polaritons

F. Zeuner, M. Muldarisnur, A. Hildebrandt, J. Förstner, T. Zentgraf, Nano Letters (2015), 15(6), pp. 4189-4193

A process for the preparation of a population inversion in a quantum system using multi-pulse excitation

A. Zrenner, J. Förstner, D. Mantei. A process for the preparation of a population inversion in a quantum system using multi-pulse excitation, Patent DE102013012682B4. 2015.

Die Erfindung betrifft ein Verfahren zur Präparation einer Besetzungsinversion in einem Quantensystem (Q) mittels Mehrpulsanregung, wobei ein Quantensystem (Q) umfassend wenigstens einen Quantenpunkt mit zwei orthogonalen Zuständen (/X>, /Y>), insbesondere die mit zueinander orthogonalen Polarisationen (P1, P2) optisch anregbar sind, mit einem ersten Laserpuls (L1) beleuchtet wird, welcher zur resonanten Anregung des ersten (/Y>) der zwei Zustände (/X>, /Y>) eingestellt wird und zeitlich nachfolgend mit einem zweiten Laserpuls (L2) beleuchtet wird, der zur resonanten Anregung des zweiten (/X>) der zwei Zustände (/X>, /Y>) eingestellt wird.


Accelerating Finite Difference Time Domain Simulations with Reconfigurable Dataflow Computers

H. Giefers, C. Plessl, J. Förstner, ACM SIGARCH Computer Architecture News (2014), 41(5), pp. 65-70


Simulation of Planar Photonic Resonators

S. Declair, J. Förstner, in: Handbook of Optical Microcavities, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., 2014

Engineering plasmonic and dielectric directional nanoantennas

A. Hildebrandt, M. Reichelt, T. Meier, J. Förstner, in: Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVIII, SPIE, 2014, pp. 89841G-8941G-6

Optical and infrared antennas provide a promising way to couple photons in and out of nanoscale structures. As counterpart to conventional radio antennas, they are able to increase optical felds in sub-wavelength volumes, to enhance excitation and emission of quantum emitters or to direct light, radiated by quantum emitters. The directed emission of these antennas has been mainly pursued by surface plasmon based devices, e.g. Yagi-Uda like antennas, which are rather complicated due to the coupling of several metallic particles. Also, like all metallic structures in optical or infrared regime, these devices are very sensitive to fabrication tolerances and are affected by strong losses. It has been shown recently, that such directed emission can be accomplished by dielectric materials as well. In this paper we present an optimization of nanoscopic antennas in the near infrared regime starting from a metallic Yagi-Uda structure. The optimization is done via a particle-swarm algorithm, using full time domain finite integration simulations to obtain the characteristics of the investigated structure, also taking into account substrates. Furthermore we present a dielectric antenna, which performs even better, due to the lack of losses by an appropriate choice of the dielectric material. These antennas are robust concerning fabrication tolerances and can be realized with different materials for both the antenna and the substrate, without using high index materials.


Light scattering by randomly irregular dielectric particles larger than the wavelength

Y. Grynko, Y. Shkuratov, J. Förstner, Optical Letters (2013), 38(23), pp. 5153-5156


Cubic GaN quantum dots embedded in zinc-blende AlN microdisks

M. Bürger, R. Kemper, C. Bader, M. Ruth, S. Declair, C. Meier, J. Förstner, D. As, Journal of Crystal Growth (2013), 378, pp. 287-290

Microresonators containing quantum dots find application in devices like single photon emitters for quantum information technology as well as low threshold laser devices. We demonstrate the fabrication of 60 nm thin zinc-blende AlN microdisks including cubic GaN quantum dots using dry chemical etching techniques. Scanning electron microscopy analysis reveals the morphology with smooth surfaces of the microdisks. Micro-photoluminescence measurements exhibit optically active quantum dots. Furthermore this is the first report of resonator modes in the emission spectrum of a cubic AlN microdisk.

Whispering gallery modes in zinc-blende AlN microdisks containing non-polar GaN quantum dots

M. Bürger, M. Ruth, S. Declair, J. Förstner, C. Meier, D.J. As, Applied Physics Letters (2013), 102(8), pp. 081105

Whispering gallery modes (WGMs) were observed in 60 nm thin cubic AlN microdisk resonators containing a single layer of non-polar cubic GaN quantum dots. Freestanding microdisks were patterned by means of electron beam lithography and a two step reactive ion etching process. Micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy investigations were performed for optical characterization. We analyzed the mode spacing for disk diameters ranging from 2-4 lm. Numerical investigations using three dimensional finite difference time domain calculations were in good agreement with the experimental data. Whispering gallery modes of the radial orders 1 and 2 were identified by means of simulated mode field distributions.

Optimal second-harmonic generation in split-ring resonator arrays

Y. Grynko, T. Meier, S. Linden, F.B.P. Niesler, M. Wegener, J. Förstner, in: Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVII, SPIE, 2013, pp. 86230L-86230L-9

Previous experimental measurements and numerical simulations give evidence of strong electric and magnetic field interaction between split-ring resonators in dense arrays. One can expect that such interactions have an influence on the second harmonic generation. We apply the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain method and the hydrodynamic Maxwell-Vlasov model to simulate the linear and nonlinear optical response from SRR arrays. The simulations show that dense placement of the constituent building blocks appears not always optimal and collective effects can lead to a significant suppression of the near fields at the fundamental frequency and, consequently, to the decrease of the SHG intensity. We demonstrate also the great role of the symmetry degree of the array layout which results in the variation of the SHG efficiency in range of two orders of magnitude.

Collective effects in second-harmonic generation from split-ring-resonator arrays

F.B. Niesler, S. Linden, J. Förstner, Y. Grynko, T. Meier, M. Wegener, in: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2012, OSA, 2013

We perform experiments on resonant second-harmonic generation from planar gold split-ring-resonator arrays under normal incidence of light as a function of the lattice constant. Optimum nonlinear conversion occurs at intermediate lattice constants.


Convey Vector Personalities – FPGA Acceleration with an OpenMP-like Effort?

B. Meyer, J. Schumacher, C. Plessl, J. Förstner, in: Proc. Int. Conf. on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), IEEE, 2012, pp. 189-196

Although the benefits of FPGAs for accelerating scientific codes are widely acknowledged, the use of FPGA accelerators in scientific computing is not widespread because reaping these benefits requires knowledge of hardware design methods and tools that is typically not available with domain scientists. A promising but hardly investigated approach is to develop tool flows that keep the common languages for scientific code (C,C++, and Fortran) and allow the developer to augment the source code with OpenMPlike directives for instructing the compiler which parts of the application shall be offloaded the FPGA accelerator. In this work we study whether the promise of effective FPGA acceleration with an OpenMP-like programming effort can actually be held. Our target system is the Convey HC-1 reconfigurable computer for which an OpenMP-like programming environment exists. As case study we use an application from computational nanophotonics. Our results show that a developer without previous FPGA experience could create an FPGA-accelerated application that is competitive to an optimized OpenMP-parallelized CPU version running on a two socket quad-core server. Finally, we discuss our experiences with this tool flow and the Convey HC-1 from a productivity and economic point of view.

Cavity-assisted emission of polarization-entangled photons from biexcitons in quantum dots with fine-structure splitting

S. Schumacher, J. Förstner, A. Zrenner, M. Florian, C. Gies, P. Gartner, F. Jahnke, Optics Express (2012), 20(5), pp. 5335-5342

We study the quantum properties and statistics of photons emitted by a quantum-dot biexciton inside a cavity. In the biexciton-exciton cascade, fine-structure splitting between exciton levels degrades polarization-entanglement for the emitted pair of photons. However, here we show that the polarization-entanglement can be preserved in such a system through simultaneous emission of two degenerate photons into cavity modes tuned to half the biexciton energy. Based on detailed theoretical calculations for realistic quantum-dot and cavity parameters, we quantify the degree of achievable entanglement.

Photonic crystal waveguides intersection for resonant quantum dot optical spectroscopy detection

X. Song, S. Declair, T. Meier, A. Zrenner, J. Förstner, Optics Express (2012), 20(13), 14130-14136

Using a finite-difference time-domain method, we theoretically investigate the optical spectra of crossing perpendicular photonic crystal waveguides with quantum dots embedded in the central rod. The waveguides are designed so that the light mainly propagates along one direction and the cross talk is greatly reduced in the transverse direction. It is shown that when a quantum dot (QD) is resonant with the cavity, strong coupling can be observed via both the transmission and crosstalk spectrum. If the cavity is far off-resonant from the QD, both the cavity mode and the QD signal can be detected in the transverse direction since the laser field is greatly suppressed in this direction. This structure could have strong implications for resonant excitation and in-plane detection of QD optical spectroscopy.

Engineering high harmonic generation in semiconductors via pulse shaping

M. Reichelt, A. Hildebrandt, A. Walther, J. Förstner, T. Meier, in: Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVI, Proc. SPIE 8260, 2012, pp. 82601L

Paper Abstract High harmonic generation is investigated for a two-band model of a semiconductor nanostructure. Similar to an atomic two-level system, the semiconductor emits high harmonic radiation. We show how one can specifically enhance the emission for a given frequency by applying a non-trivially shaped laser pulse. Therefore, the semiconductor Bloch equations including the interband and additionally the intraband dynamics are solved numerically and the spectral shape of the input pulse is computed via an optimization algorithm. It is demonstrated that desired emission frequencies can be favored even though the overall input power is kept constant. We also suggest special metallic nano geometries to achieve enhanced localized optical fields. They are found by geometric optimization.

Collective Effects in Second-Harmonic Generation from Split-Ring-Resonator Arrays

S. Linden, F.B.P. Niesler, J. Förstner, Y. Grynko, T. Meier, M. Wegener, Physical Review Letters (2012), 109(1), pp. 015502

Optical experiments on second-harmonic generation from split-ring-resonator square arrays show a nonmonotonic dependence of the conversion efficiency on the lattice constant. This finding is interpreted in terms of a competition between dilution effects and linewidth or near-field changes due to interactions among the individual elements in the array.

Near-field coupling and second-harmonic generation in split-ring resonator arrays

Y. Grynko, T. Meier, S. Linden, F.B.P. Niesler, M. Wegener, J. Förstner, AIP Conference Proceedings 1475, 2012, pp. 128-130

We simulate the linear and nonlinear optical response from split-ring resonator (SRR) arrays to study collective effects between the constituent SRRs that determine spectral properties of the second harmonic generation (SHG). We apply the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain (DGTD) method and the hydrodynamic Maxwell-Vlasov model to calculate the SHG emission. Our model is able to qualitatively reproduce and explain the non-monotonic dependence of the spectral SHG transmission measured experimentally for SRR arrays with different lattice constants

Optimization of the intensity enhancement in plasmonic nanoantennas

A. Hildebrandt, M. Reichelt, T. Meier, J. Förstner, AIP AIP Conference Proceedings 1475, 2012

We design the geometrical shape of plasmonic nanostructures to achieve field patterns with desired properties. For this, we combine Maxwell simulations and automatic optimization techniques. By allowing variations of the geometrical shape, which can be based on either boxes or arbitrary polygons, we maximize the desired objective.


Transformation of scientific algorithms to parallel computing code: subdomain support in a MPI-multi-GPU backend

B. Meyer, C. Plessl, J. Förstner, in: Symp. on Application Accelerators in High Performance Computing (SAAHPC), IEEE Computer Society, 2011, pp. 60-63


Phonon-assisted decoherence and tunneling in quantum dot molecules

A. Grodecka-Grad, J. Förstner, physica status solidi (c) (2011), 8(4), pp. 1125-1128

We study the influence of the phonon environment on the electron dynamics in a doped quantum dot molecule. A non-perturbative quantumkinetic theory based on correlation expansion is used in order to describe both diagonal and off-diagonal electron-phonon couplings representing real and virtual processes with relevant acoustic phonons. We show that the relaxation is dominated by phononassisted electron tunneling between constituent quantum dots and occurs on a picosecond time scale. The dependence of the time evolution of the quantum dot occupation probabilities on the energy mismatch between the quantum dots is studied in detail.

Method for transmission of information about polarization state of photons to stationary system

J. Förstner, D. Mantei, S.M.. de Vasconcellos, A. Zrenner. Method for transmission of information about polarization state of photons to stationary system, Patent DE102010020817A1. 2011.

Die Erfindung betrifft ein Verfahren zur Übertragung des Polarisationszustandes von Photonen in ein stationäres System, bei dem mit Photonen eines Polarisationszustandes ein Quanten-System angeregt wird, das zwei Zustände aufweist, die mit zueinander orthogonalen Polarisationen anregbar sind und deren energetischer Abstand kleiner ist als die energetische Bandbreite der Photonen, wobei beide Zustände in Abhängigkeit von der Polarisation besetzt werden und das Quantensystem einen Superpositionszustand beider Zustände einnimmt.

Numerical analysis of coupled photonic crystal cavities

S. Declair, T. Meier, A. Zrenner, J. Förstner, Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications (2011), 9(4), pp. 345-350

We numerically investigate the interaction dynamics of coupled cavities in planar photonic crystal slabs in different configurations. The single cavity is optimized for a long lifetime of the fundamental mode, reaching a Q-factor of ≈43, 000 using the method of gentle confinement. For pairs of cavities we consider several configurations and present a setup with strongest coupling observable as a line splitting of about 30 nm. Based on this configuration, setups with three cavities are investigated.

Intensity dependence of optically-induced injection currents in semiconductor quantum wells

M. Pochwala, H.T. Duc, J. Förstner, T. Meier, in: CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA, 2011

The intensity dependence of optically-induced injection currents in semiconductor quantum wells is investigated numerically. Oscillatory behavior of the electron charge current transients as function of intensity and time is predicted and explained.

Injection currents in (110)-oriented GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells: recent progress in theory and experiment

H.T. Duc, M. Pochwala, J. Förstner, T. Meier, S. Priyadarshi, A.M. Racu, K. Pierz, U. Siegner, M. Bieler, in: Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XV, SPIE, 2011

We experimentally and theoretically investigate injection currents generated by femtosecond single-color circularly-polarized laser pulses in (110)-oriented GaAs quantum wells. The current measurements are performed by detecting the emitted Terahertz radiation at room temperature. The microscopic theory is based on a 14 x 14 k • p band-structure calculation in combination with the multi-subband semiconductor Bloch equations. For symmetric GaAs quantum wells grown in (110) direction, an oscillatory dependence of the injection currents on the exciting photon energy is obtained. The results of the microscopic theory are in good agreement with the measurements.

Electrong-factor anisotropy in symmetric (110)-oriented GaAs quantum wells

J. Hübner, S. Kunz, S. Oertel, D. Schuh, M. Pochwała, H.T. Duc, J. Förstner, T. Meier, M. Oestreich, Physical Review B (2011), 84(4), pp. 041301 (R)

We demonstrate by spin quantum beat spectroscopy that in undoped symmetric (110)-oriented GaAs/AlGaAs single quantum wells, even a symmetric spatial envelope wave function gives rise to an asymmetric in-plane electron Land´e g-factor. The anisotropy is neither a direct consequence of the asymmetric in-plane Dresselhaus splitting nor a direct consequence of the asymmetric Zeeman splitting of the hole bands, but rather it is a pure higher-order effect that exists as well for diamond-type lattices. The measurements for various well widths are very well described within 14 × 14 band k·p theory and illustrate that the electron spin is an excellent meter variable for mapping out the internal—otherwise hidden—symmetries in two-dimensional systems. Fourth-order perturbation theory yields an analytical expression for the strength of the g-factor anisotropy, providing a qualitative understanding of the observed effects.

Application of the discontinous Galerkin time domain method to the optics of metallic nanostructures

Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, T. Meier, AAPP | Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti (2011), 89(1), C1V89S1P041

A simulation environment for metallic nanostructures based on the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain method is presented. The model is used to compute the linear and nonlinear optical response of split ring resonators and to study physical mechanisms that contribute to second harmonic generation.

Application of the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain Method to the Optics of Bi-Chiral Plasmonic Crystals

Y. Grynko, J. Förstner, T. Meier, A. Radke, T. Gissibl, P.V. Braun, H. Giessen, D.N. Chigrin, AIP, 2011, pp. 76-78

A simulation environment for metallic nanostructures based on the Discontinuous Galerkin Time Domain method is presented. It is used to model optical transmission by silver bi‐chiral plasmonic crystals. The results of simulations qualitatively and quantitavely agree with experimental measurements of transmitted circular polarization.

Theoretical approach to the ultrafast nonlinear optical response of metal slabs

M. Wand, A. Schindlmayr, T. Meier, J. Förstner, in: CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications , Optical Society of America, 2011

We present an ab-initio method for calculating nonlinear and nonlocal optical effects in metallic slabs with sub-wavelength thickness. We find a strong localization of the second-harmonic current at the metal-vacuum interface.

Intensity-dependent ultrafast dynamics of injection currents in unbiased GaAs quantum wells

M. Pochwała, H.T. Duc, J. Förstner, T. Meier, physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters (2011), 5(3), pp. 119-121

The intensity dependence of optically-induced injection currents in unbiased GaAs semiconductor quantum wells grown in [110] direction is investigated theoretically for a number of well widths. Our microscopic analysis is based on a 14 x 14 band k . p method in combination with the multisubband semiconductor Bloch equations. An oscillatory dependence of the injection current transients as function of intensity and time is predicted and explained. It is demonstrated that optical excitations involving different subbands and Rabi flopping are responsible for this complex dynamics.

Oscillatory excitation energy dependence of injection currents in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells

H. Thanh Duc, J. Förstner, T. Meier, S. Priyadarshi, A.M. Racu, K. Pierz, U. Siegner, M. Bieler, physica status solidi (c) (2011), 8(4), pp. 1137-1140

The injection of photocurrents by femtosecond laser pulses in (110)-orientedGaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The roomtemperature measurements show an oscillatory dependence of the injection current amplitude and direction on the excitation photon energy. Microscopic calculations using the semiconductor Bloch equations that are set up on the basis of k.p band structure calculations provide a detailed understanding of the experimental findings.

Numerical investigation of the coupling between microdisk modes and quantum dots

S. Declair, T. Meier, J. Förstner, physica status solidi (c) (2011), 8(4), pp. 1254-1257

We numerically investigate the coupling between circular resonators and study strong light‐matter coupling of single as well as multiple circular resonators to quantum‐mechanical resonators in two dimensional model simulations. For all cases, the computed resonances of the coupled system as function of the detuning show anti‐crossings. The obtained mode splittings of coupled optical resonators are strongly depending on distance and cluster in almost degenerate eigenstates for large distances, as is known from coupled resonator optical waveguides. Vacuum Rabi splitting is observed for a quantum dot strongly coupled to eigenmodes of single perfectly cylindrical resonators.

Simulation of the ultrafast nonlinear optical response of metal slabs

M. Wand, A. Schindlmayr, T. Meier, J. Förstner, Physica Status Solidi B (2011), 248(4), pp. 887-891

We present a nonequilibrium ab initio method for calculating nonlinear and nonlocal optical effects in metallic slabs with a thickness of several nanometers. The numerical analysis is based on the full solution of the time‐dependent Kohn–Sham equations for a jellium system and allows to study the optical response of metal electrons subject to arbitrarily shaped intense light pulses. We find a strong localization of the generated second‐harmonic current in the surface regions of the slabs.


Phonon-mediated relaxation in doped quantum dot molecules

A. Grodecka-Grad, J. Förstner, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2010), 245, 012035

We study a single quantum dot molecule doped with one electron in the presence of electron-phonon coupling. Both diagonal and off-diagonal interactions representing real and virtual processes with acoustic phonons via deformation potential and piezoelectric coupling are taken into account. We employ a non-perturbative quantum kinetic theory and show that the phonon-mediated relaxation is dominated by an electron tunneling on a picosecond time scale.A dependence of the relaxation on the temperature and the strength of the tunneling coupling is analyzed.

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