Russell Division

The research area of the Russell Division is nano- and micro-structured materials and their applications in photonics and related fields. The particular focus is photonic crystal fibre (PCF) - a new kind of optical fibre proposed by Philip Russell in 1991. The first example of a working PCF was reported in 1996, and since that time groups all over the world have become active in developing PCF and exploiting its multifaceted applications. In this division a range of experiments are carried out that make use of the remarkable properties of PCFs. These include scientific uses of PCF, e.g., low threshold nonlinear gas-laser devices and phononic bandgaps; and technological applications, e.g., biomedical sensors, supercontinuum sources and laser tweezer manipulation of particles in hollow-core PCF.

The group was founded in October 2005 as Division III of the Max Planck Research Group and is now a part of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. It has around 40 members (laboratory engineers, master and doctorate students, post-doctoral researchers and visitors) coming from all over the world. There is a strongly international atmosphere, and as a result our working language is English (though many of us speak German).

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