ATIQ: bringing ion-trap-based quantum computers closer to applications

AMO GmbH is one of the partners of the project “ATIQ -Quantum Computers with Stored Ions for Applications”, a major initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the goal of developing a first generation of reliable, user-friendly and 24/7 available quantum-computer demonstrators based on ion trap technology. [read more »]

PERSEPHONe: harnessing perovskites for integrated photonics

AMO GmbH is partner of the newly started training programme for young researchers PERSEPHONe (PERovskite SEmiconductors for PHOtoNics). Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme with a budget of 3.75 million Euros, PERSEPHONe has the double aim of developing the technological basis of a novel photonic platform based on metal-halide perovskite semiconductors and, simultaneously, of training a new generation of researchers with top-notch skills in the field. [read more »]

Piotr Cegielski receives the JRF Dissertation Prize

In 2019, the Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF) has established the JRF Dissertation Prize. Endowed with €2000, the award promotes young talent within the JRF and the transfer of knowledge from university research into practice. The first to receive such a prize, in 2020, was Dr. Piotr Cegielski, for his pioneering PhD work on perovskite-based integrated lasers for silicon photonics. [read more »]

A new paradigm of THz-energy harvester based on graphene

Future-shaping concepts such as wearable electronics and the Internet of Things are driving the quest for low-power electronics and for energy harvesting at the device or at chip level. Researchers from AMO GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, Chalmers University and the University of Wuppertal have now developed a novel type of flexible energy harvester, which shows good prospects for powering wearable and conformal devices. [read more »]

A clever way of protecting graphene

One thing that has become clear in the last decade of graphene research is that it is necessary to protect the surface of graphene from external contaminants, to preserve its exceptional electronic properties and be able to exploit them into novel devices. The depositions of dielectric materials on top of graphene is therefore an essential step of manufacturing graphene-based electronic and photonic devices. [read more »]

End of an era: AMO’s wind turbine ANIMA is dismantled

Once a pioneer in Aachen, ANIMA, the “soul” of AMO (ANIMA: Italian for soul), retires after 26 years of service. It was one of the first turbines installed in the Aachen urban area and, for a long time, the largest wind turbine commissioned by a university campus in Europe. Financed by the EU structural-aid funds for the long-term promotion of research and innovation, the plant was operated by the non-profit research foundry AMO GmbH, which had already started to look for alternative energy sources. The goal was to generate part of the energy needed for the research institute itself. [read more »]