Photonics West

Photonics West – Meet and Greet

San Francisco, February 12, 2015

Multiphoton Optics celebrates the Year of the Light with a series of different events and presentations throughout the year. Kickoff was this years‘ Photonics West, being held between February 7 to 12, 2015 in San Francisco, CA (USA).

In a joint presentation with microresist technology (MRT) GmbH (Berlin, Germany) in the Optical Interconnects XV conference (OPTO, #9368), Arne Schleunitz from MRT presented an overview towards high-precision manufacturing of 3D optical components using UV-curable hybrid polymers. Another joint presentation of Multiphoton Optics (MPO) with Fraunhofer ISC (Würzburg, Germany) was given by Sönke Steenhusen on Two-photon polymerization of hybrid polymers for applications in micro-optics in Photonics Wests‘ Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics VIII conference (LASE, #9374).

North America’s leading Photonics Industry Fair as integral part of Photonics West opened its doors from February 10 – 12, 2015, where Multiphoton Optics has launched its first customized, stand-alone 3D Lithography Equipment platform LithoProf3D®. The equipment is available for standard 3D structuring jobs and sophisticated work flows with selectable exposure strategies – 3D printing from the sub-100 nm to the cm scale with highest precision. Not only visitors with technical background were interested in Multiphoton Optics‘ technology. Germany’s Consul General Stefan Schlüter and Vice Consul General Johannes Bloos visited the booth, and they were eager to understand the impact of MPO’s platform technology on optical packaging for High-Performance Computing applications particularly with respect to energy aspects of optical data transfer.

From left to right: Germany’s Vice Consul General Johannes Bloos, Consul General Stefan Schlüter, and Ruth Houbertz, CEO of Multiphoton Optics GmbH



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From left to right: Germany’s Consul General Stefan Schlüter, Horst Sickinger, CEO of Bayern Photonics e.V., Andreas Erhard, CEO of Photonics BW e.V., and Ruth Houbertz, CEO of


Mario Paniccia from Intel’s Silicon Photonics Group, Data Center Group, presented a keynote on Silicon Photonics for a New Era of Scalable Bandwidth on February 10, 2015, where he pointed out Intel’s perspective and trends for fundamental changes to data centers – enabled by silicon photonic interconnects and wafer-scale integration. This was the opening note for the podiums discussion moderated by Peter Hallet from SPIE’s Marketing and Industry Relations on Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits: an Industry Perspective, where Multiphoton Optics‘ CEO Ruth Houbertz was one of the participants, among other executives and representatives from Luxtera, IBM, Oracle, and IMEC ( From Mario Paniccia’s talk and the discussion it became obvious that the increasing demand for miniaturized and cheaper optical interconnects inside networks and computers will create a new market of miniaturized, low-cost photonic components that can leverage the scale of CMOS manufacturing.


Additional visibility for Multiphoton Optics was created by the Photonics West Show Daily Newspaper on February 11 and 12, respectively, where MPO was mentioned two times, one of which with a photo of the CEO’s hand holding a little statue of liberty created already in 2009 by Thomas Stichel, one of Ruth Houbertz’ PhD students in a Priority Program project funded by the German Science Society (SPP1327, grant HO 2475/3-1) with Multiphoton Optics’ 3D Lithography at the Fraunhofer ISC at that time.

Strong teams build the future. From left to right: Ruth Houbertz and Hermann Reitenbach (Multiphoton Optics GmbH) and Arne Schleunitz and Jan Klein (microresist technology GmbH), who shared the booth with MPO.

Multiphoton Optics would like to express its thank to all customers, partners, and friends for their great support which created a tremendous visibility for the present and upcoming markets on this year’s Photonics West.