Welcome to the NATEC center

NAnophotonics for TErabit Communications

NATEC is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation to do fundamental research on devices based on quantum dots and photonic crystals and their application in terabit communication systems. This involves fundamental theory, fabrication, characterization and systems experiments.

The Centre of Excellence is headed by Prof. Jesper Mørk from DTU Fotonik and the research will be carried out in collaboration with DTU Nanotek (Antti-Pekka Jauho), DTU Mekanik (Ole Sigmund and Jakob Søndergaard Jensen), DTU CEN (Rafal Dunin-Bokowski), DTU DANCHIP (Mogens Rysholt Poulsen) and DTU Fotonik (Christophe Peucheret, Palle Jeppesen, Leif Oxenløwe, Kresten Yvind, Lars Frandsen, Jørn M. Hvam, Niels Asger Mortensen).

The overall funding is DKK 25 million over a period of five years. The Villum Kann Rasmussen foundation supports research activities, especially within the technical and natural sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences and industry research.

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November 2016: The Horizon Prize “Breaking the optical transmission barriers” has been awarded to a team led by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The proposal, named PHOTONMAP (PHOtonic chip enabled large-capacity data TransmissiONwith high-count Multi-core fibres and AmPlifiers) was developed by three partners from the Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, Fujikura Ltd., Japan and the University of Southampton, UK. The proposal originated from collaboration between the three partners in the Framework of various funded projects including the DTU-based  Centre of Excellence SPOC (Centre for Silicon Photonics for Optical Communications), the Horizon 2020 EU-Japan SAFARI (Scalable And Flexible optical Architecture for Reconfigurable Infrastructure) project and the DTU-based Centre of Excellence NATEC (NAnophotonics for TErabit Communications). 
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October 2014: Villum Fonden has awarded 30 mill DKK for a 5-year prolongation of the NATEC Centre of Excellence. The Centre focuses on the physics of light-matter interactions in nanostructures and possible applications in integrated photonics, and will explore the use of quantum dots, photonic crystals and nanoantenna arrays for exercising fundamental control of photons and electrons at the same time.


 DTU Fotonik

 DTU Nanotech

 DTU Mekanik


 DTU Danchip