October 2, 2012

Honorary Student Paper Award at ECOC 2012

Thomas Richter, PhD student at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, has been awarded the "Best Student Honorary Award" at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) for his paper "Experimental Characterization of a Phase-sensitive Four-mode Fiber-Optical Parametric Amplifier". The award recognizes innovation, research excellence and presentation skills.

ECOC is the largest conference on optical communications in Europe.

Thomas Richter was one of five Best Student Paper finalists. The finalists were selected by the ECOC Technical Programme Committee (TPC) from the pool of semi-finalists among eligible student paper submissions in the six subcommittees. In a separate private session, the finalist gave a presentation (in addition to their regular talk) to the Competition Committee which was formed by one TPC member of each subcommittee and a representative of ADVA Optical Networking, the sponsor of the award.

The awards had been presented during the award section in the closing session. The first prize winner (Best Student Paper Award) received 1500 Euro and two papers with honorable mention (Best Student Honorary Award) received 750 Euro.

Thomas Richter works in the "Submarine and Core Systems" group of the Department of Photonic Networks and Systems at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, and is a PhD student at the Technische Universität Berlin under Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Petermann. The focus of his work is on optical parametric signal processing capable to handle advanced optical modulation formats for future optical networks. This includes important functionalities like low-noise amplification, phase/amplitude regeneration, wavelength conversion and ultra-dense optical multiplexing.

His award winning conference contribution was a joint work of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Chalmers University within the EURO-FOS project. EURO-FOS is a Network of Excellence project, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, Information and Communications Technologies.