Claudia has always been fascinated by light. After her B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering at KIT, Germany, the Master program in “Optics and Photonics” stimulated her interest in the interaction of light with smallest structures. Following this interest, she researched integrated photonics, plasmonics and electro-optics during her PhD at ETH Zurich. In 2019, she was awarded the ETH Pioneer Fellowship to transfer her research project into innovative products and co-founded Polariton Technologies to accelerate information transport and reduce its power consumption.
In recent year, silicon photonics has become famous in the communications industry, since - based on standard processes of the semiconductor industry – it enables cost-efficient mass production. However, the performance of conventional silicon photonic devices is reaching its limits, as they rely on weak physical effects that require long devices and are limited in bandwidth. In this talk, I will discuss opportunities to use plasmonics in the silicon photonics platform and present Polariton Technologies’ effort to develop plasmonic modulators, featuring light confinement in the nanometer scale at highest switching speeds (>500 GHz).