NKT Photonics A/S (Denmark)

NKT Photonics A/S is the result of a merger in 2009 between Crystal Fibre A/S – the largest commercial supplier of microstructured specialty fiber and Koheras A/S – the leading company within ultra precise fiber lasers and SuperK Supercontinuum White Light Lasers. 

We focus on commercial optical solutions that simplify the value chain and bring enhancement for the end-customer.

Our vision is to continuously increase the functionality embedded in the fiber and thereby provide robust and simplified system architectures for our customers.

NKT Photonics will lead the way in the development of the photonics industry by setting new standards for fiber based lasers and light sources. From the design and manufacture of advanced photonic crystal fibers to the volume production of critical light engines, we are committed to serve our customers with fiber based products at any level of the value chain.

Role in the project

NKT Photonics will act as the leader of WP3 which has the responsibility of designing, producing and testing the PCFs upon which the light sources for solar cell processing will be based. Since CF is one of the world leaders within the PCF technology and is producing commercially available sub-assemblies, the company is well equipped for this task. Furthermore, NKTP will take part in the work concerning numerical modeling of the new PCF designs that will increase the fiber resistance to undesirable features such as photo-darkening, thermal effects etc.

The key personnel to be involved in the project activity includes:

Jes Broeng (Born January 17, 1971) received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark in 2000. His thesis included the first experimental demonstration of wave guidance by the photonic bandgap effect at optical wavelengths, along with developments of theoretical tools for design and analysis of PCF structures. He has been granted several prestigious awards such as the European Optics Prize (1999) and the Photonics Circle of Excellence Award (2004) for his pioneering work within the PCF field. Jes Broeng is a co-founder of Crystal Fibre, where he is heading the fiber research and development department.

Lasse Leick (born June 14, 1971) received his Ph.D. on optical telecommunication from the Technical University of Denmark in 2002.  From 2002 to 2006 he worked on design and test of integrated optics for telecommunication. From 2006 to 2009 he worked on ultra fast pulsed lasers and supercontinuum sources, in particular as a project manager on development of lasers for treatment of cataracts in a project under the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. In 2009 he joined Crystal Fibre where he is working as a project manager in the fiber research and development department.

Christina B. T. Olausson is currently a Ph.D. student at CF. She did her master studies in quantum and atom optics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The work consisted of creating a Bose-Einstein condensate using advanced laser cooling techniques with the aim of investigating the quantum interface between light and atoms. Her work at CF involves investigating the properties of active PCFs for high power applications. This includes PCF design using numerical simulation methods, fiber material investigations and development of fiber characterization systems.