Semiconductor Nanophotonics: Materials, Models, Devices
MathematicsPhysical sciencesElectrical engineering, electronic engineering , information engineeringNano-technology

The Integrated Research Training Group “School of Nanophotonics” (SoN) of the Collaborative Research Centre 787 brings together more than 80 doctoral students with diverse scientific backgrounds ranging from mathematics to physics and electrical engineering. Besides advanced training & education in all areas of nanomaterials research and optoelectronics, the SoN promotes scientific independence, international exchanges & visibility, transferable skills, and entrepreneurship.


The “School of Nanophotonics” of the CRC 787 combines complementary and interdisciplinary research areas aiming towards the development of novel nanophotonic devices. These include quantum key systems that are based on q-bit and entangled photon emitters, high frequency vertical cavity surface emitting lasers for future multi-terabus systems, quantum dot lasers and optical amplifiers for ultra-high bit rate Ethernet as well as deep UV laser diodes for applications in 3D printing and medical diagnostics. The main research areas are:

  • Project area A (nanomaterials) focuses on the epitaxy and investigation of the optical and structural properties of nanomaterials as well as advanced nano-characterization.
  • The goal of project area B (models) is the theoretical description of electronic, optical, and vibronic properties of nanomaterials as well as the simulation of complete nanophotonic devices.
  • In project area C (devices) advanced technological concepts are being developed and novel nanophotonics devices and systems are realized.

The SoN provides a stimulating environment for scientific exchange, discussions, specialized lecture courses as well as transferable skills training. In addition, the SoN put emphasis on the exploitation of research results such as patenting and entrepreneurship. Applicants require a MSc degree in physics, electrical engineering, or mathematics. Applications for PhD positions should be submitted directly to the corresponding principal investigator.

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Michael Kneissl
Prof. Dr. Janina Maultzsch
Prof. Dr. Andreas Knorr
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Christen
Technische Universität Berlin
Sekr. EW 5-5
Hardenbergstr. 36
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314 22247
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Technische Universität Berlin