Dr. Birgit Stiller

Research Group Leader

Head of Max Planck Research Group Quantum Optoacoustics

    Room: A 1.234

    Tel.: +49 9131 7133 265

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    My fields of expertise are Brillouin scattering and optomechanics, nonlinear fiber optics and photonic circuits, as well as classical and quantum communications. The projects in my group span from nonlinear optics to quantum optics with a focus on light-sound interactions and waveguide optomechanics. We want to explore optoacoustic interaction experimentally at the classical and quantum level with suitably engineered microstructured fibres and nanowaveguides to manipulate, in this way, light states

    Coherently refreshed acoustic phonons for extended light storage
    B. Stiller*, M. Merklein*, C. Wolff, K. Vu, P. Ma, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    “Coherently refreshed acoustic phonons for extended light storage”,
    Optica  7 (5), 492-497 (2020). Journal
    arXiv:1904.13167

     

    Crosstalk-free multi-wavelength coherent light storage via Brillouin interaction
    B. Stiller*, M. Merklein*, K. Vu, P. Ma, S. J. Madden, C. G. Poulton, and B. J. Eggleton,
    “Crosstalk-free multi-wavelength coherent light storage via Brillouin interaction”,
    APL Photonics  4 (4), 040802 (2019). Journal
    arXiv:1803.08626

     

    On-chip correlation-based Brillouin sensing: design, experiment and simulation
    A. Zarifi, B. Stiller, M. Merklein, Y. Liu, B. Morrison, A. Casas-Bedoya, G. Ren, T. G. Nguyen, K. Vu, D.-Y. Choi, A. Mitchell, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    J. Opt. Soc. Am. B  36 (1), 146-152 (2019). Journal
    arXiv:1809.07160.

     

    High-resolution distributed Brillouin sensing of micro-scale waveguides
    A. Zarifi, B. Stiller, M. Merklein, and B. J. Eggleton,
    Applied Sciences  8 (12), 2572 (2018). Journal

     

    On-chip multi-stage optical delay based on cascaded Brillouin light storage
    B. Stiller*, M. Merklein*, C. Wolff, K. Vu, C. G. Poulton, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    Optics Letters  43 (18), 4321-4324 (2018). Journal
    arXiv:1804.08799.

     

    Brillouin spectroscopy of a hybrid silicon-chalcogenide waveguide with geometrical variations
    A. Zarifi, B. Stiller, M. Merklein, Y. Liu, B. Morrison, A. Casas-Bedoya, G. Ren, T. G. Nguyen, K. Vu, D.-Y. Choi, A. Mitchell, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    Optics Letters  43 (15), 3493-3496 (2018). Journal
    arXiv:1806.00140.

     

    Brillouin based light storage and delay techniques
    M. Merklein*, B. Stiller*, and B. J. Eggleton,
    Journal of Optics  20, 083003 (2018). Journal

     

    Highly localized Brillouin scattering response in a photonic integrated circuit
    A. Zarifi, B. Stiller, M. Merklein, N. Li, K. Vu, D.-Y. Choi, P. Ma, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    APL Photonics  3, 036101 (2018). Journal
    arXiv: 1707.09684.

     

    A chip-integrated coherent photonic-phononic memory
    M. Merklein*, B. Stiller*, K. Vu, S. J. Madden, and B. J. Eggleton,
    Nature Communications  8, 574 (2017). Journal
    arXiv:1608.08767.

     

    Quantum-limited measurements of optical signals from a geostationary satellite
    K. Günthner*, I. Khan*, D. Elser, B. Stiller, Ö. Bayraktar, C. R. Müller, K. Saucke, D. Tröndle, F. Heine, S. Seel, P. Greulich, H. Zech, B. Gütlich, I. Richter, M. Lutzer, S. Philipp-May, R. Meyer,  C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs,
    Optica  4 (6), 611-616  (2017). Journal
    arXiv:1608.03511.

     

    Cascaded forward Brillouin scattering to all Stokes orders
    C. Wolff, B. Stiller, B. J. Eggleton, M. J. Steel, and C. G. Poulton,
    New Journal of Physics  19, 023021 (2017). Journal
    arXiv:1607.04740.

     

    A widely tunable, low phase-noise microwave source on a photonic chip
    M. Merklein,B. Stiller, I. Kabakova, U. S. Mutugala, K. Vu, S. J. Madden, B. J. Eggleton, and R. Slavik,
    Optics Letters  41 (20), 4633-4636 (2016). Journal

     

    Efficient single sideband microwave to optical conversion using an electro-optical whispering gallery mode resonator
    A. Rueda*, F. Sedlmeir*, M. C. Collodo, U. Vogl, B. Stiller, G. Schunk, C. Marquardt, J. Fink, O. Painter, G. Leuchs and H. G. L. Schwefel,
    Optica  3 (6), 597-604 (2016). Journal
    arXiv:1601.07261.

     

    Attacks on practical quantum key distribution systems (and how to prevent them)
    N. Jain, B. Stiller, I. Khan, D. Elser, C. Marquardt and G. Leuchs,
    Contemporary Physics (2016). DOI:10.1080/00107514.2016.1148333. Journal
    arXiv:1512.07990.

     

    Depolarized guided acoustic wave Brillouin scattering in hollow-core photonic crystal fibers
    W. Zhong, B. Stiller, D. Elser, B. Heim, C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs,
    Optics Express  23 (21), 27707-27714 (2015). Journal
    arXiv: 1508.01309.

     

    Classically entangled optical beams for high-speed kinematic sensing
    S. Berg-Johansen*, F. Töppel*, B. Stiller, P. Banzer, M. Ornigotti, E. Giacobino, G. Leuchs, A. Aiello, and C. Marquardt,
    Optica  2 (10), 864-868 (2015). Journal
    arXiv: 1504.00697.

     

    Risk analysis of Trojan-horse attacks on practical quantum key distribution systems
    N. Jain, B. Stiller, I. Khan, V. Makarov, C. Marquardt, and G. Leuchs,
    IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics  21 (3), (2014). Journal
    arXiv: 1408.0492.

     

    Phase regeneration of a star-8QAM signal in a phase-sensitive amplifier with conjugated pumps
    B. Stiller, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, and G. Leuchs,
    Optics Express  22 (1), 1028-1035 (2014). Journal

     

    Observation of acoustically-induced modulation instability in a Brillouin photonic crystal fiber laser
    B. Stiller, and T. Sylvestre,
    Optics Letters  38 (9), 1570-1572 (2013). Journal

     

    Distributed Brillouin Fiber Sensor With Enhanced Sensitivity Based on Anti-Stokes Single-Sideband Suppressed-Carrier Modulation
    D. M. Nguyen, B. Stiller, M. W. Lee, J.-C. Beugnot, H. Maillotte, T. Sylvestre, A. Mottet, and J. Hauden,
    IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  25 (1), 94–96 (2013). Journal

     

    Long-range and high-resolution distributed Brillouin fiber sensors
    T. Sylvestre, M. W. Lee, D. M. Nguyen, B. Stiller, J.-C. Beugnot, H. Maillotte, J. Hauden et L. Thévenaz,
    Instrumentation, Mesure, Métrologie  13(1-2), 31-45 (2013).

     

    Demonstration of polarization pulling using a fiber-optical parametric amplifier
    B. Stiller, P. Morin, D. M. Nguyen, J. Fatome, S. Pitois, E. Lantz, H. Maillotte, C. R. Menyuk, and T. Sylvestre,
    Optics Express  20 (24), 27248-27253 (2012). Journal

     

    SBS mitigation in a microstructured optical fiber by periodically varying the core diameter
    B. Stiller, A. Kudlinski, M. W. Lee, G. Bouwmans, M. Delqué, J.-C. Beugnot, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre,
    IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  24 (8), 667–669 (2012). Journal

     

    Black-light continuum generation in a silica photonic crystal fiber
    T. Sylvestre, A. R. Ragueh, M. W. Lee, B. Stiller, G. Fanjoux, B. Barviau, A. Mussot, and A. Kudlinski,
    Optics Letters  37 (2), 130-132 (2012). Journal

     

    Differential phase-shift keying technique-based Brillouin echo-distributed sensing
    M. W. Lee, B. Stiller, J. Hauden, H. Maillotte, C. Roch, L. Thévenaz, and T. Sylvestre,,
    IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  24 (1), 79-81 (2012). Journal

     

    Temperature Coefficient of High-Frequency Guided Acoustic Modes in Photonic Crystal Fiber
    E. Carry, J-C. Beugnot, B. Stiller, M. W. Lee, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre,
    Applied Optics  50 (35), 6543-6547 (2011). Journal

     

    Frequency-selective excitation of guided acoustic modes in a photonic crystal fiber
    B. Stiller, M. Delqué, J.-C. Beugnot, M. W. Lee, G. Mélin, H. Maillotte, V. Laude, and T. Sylvestre,
    Optics Express  19 (8), 7689–7694 (2011). Journal

     

    Photonic crystal fiber mapping using Brillouin echoes distributed sensing
    B. Stiller, S. Foaleng-Mafang, J.-C. Beugnot, M.W. Lee, M. Delqué, A. Kudlinski, L. Thévenaz, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre,
    Optics Express  18 (19), 20136-20142 (2010). Journal

     

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    Book chapters

     

    Temporal and spectral properties of quantum light
    B. Stiller, U. Seyfarth, and G. Leuchs,
    Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics, Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School, edited by C. Fabre, V. Sandoghdar, N. Treps, and L. F. Cugliandolo, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198768609, 2017. Book
    arXiv:1411.3765.

     

    Son et lumière dans les fibres optiques microstructurées
    B. Stiller,
    in “Prix A'Doc de la jeune recherche en Franche-Comté n° 2011” (Doctoral Prize 2011 of the Graduate School), pp. 123-142, Presses Universitaires de Franche‐Comté (2011). Book

    Scientific career
    04/2019 – Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany, Quantum Optoacoustics
    06/2015 – 02/2019 Research fellow, The University of Sydney, CUDOS, Australia, Nonlinear Optical Phononics (Prof. Benjamin Eggleton)
    10/2012 – 05/2015 Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany, Optical Communication and Quantum Communication (Prof. Gerd Leuchs)
    02/2012 – 09/2012 Postdoctoral fellow, Institute FEMTO-ST, Besançon, France, Nonlinear Optics and Optoacoustics (Dr. Thibaut Sylvestre)
       
    Academic education
    01/2009 – 01/2012 Doctoral thesis, Institute FEMTO-ST, Besançon, France, “Brillouin scattering in photonic crystal fibre: from fundamentals to fibre optic sensors”, (Dr. Thibaut Sylvestre, Dr. Hervé Maillotte)
    10/2003 – 12/2008 Master’s degree Mathematics / Physics / Education, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Master thesis: „Fabrication of periodically poled LiNbO3 for nonlinear optical frequency conversion by quasi phase matching“ (Prof. Jan-Peter Meyn, Prof. Christine Silberhorn)
    Selected awards, fellowships, services
    2020 Editorial board New Journal of Physics
    2020 Fellow of the Max Planck School of Photonics
    2019 Conference chair, “Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin scattering - WOMBAT 2021”, Erlangen, Germany (planned for 16-18 June 2021)
    2019 Guest editor for APL Photonics for the Topical Issue “Optoacoustics - Advances in High-Frequency Optomechanics and Brillouin Scattering”
    2018 Co-Chair, “Nanophotonics 2018 – the next frontier”, Canberra, Australia
    2016 Co-Chair, “Quantum photonic connections conference”, Sydney, Australia
    2013 – 2015 Cusanuswerk career development program
    2011 Prix A’Doc 2011 of the Université Franche-Comté
    2009 – 2011 CNRS PhD Scholarship
    2009 Ohm-Preis 2008/2009 of the Physics department at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
    2004 – 2008 Scholarship Cusanuswerk
       

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