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Sixth episode: Jedi sword and quantum computer – Optics & photonics research in Berlin (Jedi-Schwert und Quantenrechner – Optik- & Photonikforschung in Berlin, listen directly to the episode as of 12th November 2020)


Whether it is the ‘Internet of Things,’ Industry 4.0 or the turnaround in transport – none of this would be possible without the research and developments in optics and photonics. In this episode, we explore the basics of the field as well as the numerous fields of application, ranging from superfast computer chips and laser systems for industry to distance and speed measurements (LiDAR systems) for autonomous driving. The guests of the show are: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Woggon (TU Berlin) – the Brain City Ambassador explains, among other things, how photons are created for quantum computers in nanomaterials and how the next generation of optical researchers is encouraged. Dirk Döbler from the Society for the Promotion of Applied Computer Science (GFaI) reports on how noise sources can be made visible with the help of the Acoustic Camera developed in Berlin. Prof. Dr. Günther Tränkle (Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibniz Institute for Highest Frequency Technology (FBH)) shows how self-propelled cars become reality with the help of LiDAR systems and how laser systems in space enable precise environmental monitoring.

The broadcast was recorded in the Pasteur Cabinet of WISTA in Berlin-Adlershof.

The episode is embedded in the Berlin Science Week and Falling Walls, which offers numerous (online) lectures, discussions and events on the knowledge landscape in Berlin between 1st  and 10th November 2020.