Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta

Fellow Member | Founder and Managing Director at RP Photonics AG
Paschotta, Rüdiger
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SPIE Membership: 12.5 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | 2019 SPIE Community Champion
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Area of Expertise: laser technology, fiber lasers and amplifiers, nonlinear optics, noise in optics, fiber optics, nonlinear frequency conversion
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Dr. Rüdiger Paschotta has an international reputation as a distinguished expert in technical areas such as lasers and amplifiers, nonlinear optics, fiber technology, ultrashort pulses, and noise in optics. He is author or coauthor of over 100 articles in scientific journals, of over 120 presentations at international conferences, and of several book chapters. Also, he is the author of the well-known Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology and three SPIE Field Guides.

Dr. Paschotta originally started his career in scientific research. In 2002, he achieved the habilitation at ETH Zürich and received the Fresnel Prize of the European Physical Society in 2002. Despite his success as a researcher (see his CV with publication list), in 2004 he started the company RP Photonics Consulting GmbH in Zürich, Switzerland, and moved to Bad Dürrheim, Germany, in 2010. His full-time occupation is now to serve companies in the photonics industry worldwide. Typical tasks are to work out feasibility studies and designs for lasers and other photonic devices, to identify and solve technical problems, to find suitable laser sources for specific applications, and to do tailored staff training courses on specialized subjects. Dr. Paschotta enjoys to be involved in manifold industrial projects with a great variety of both technical aspects and types of services, and regularly achieves very high levels of customer satisfaction.

Dr. Paschotta has also developed powerful simulation software. Particularly popular is the product RP Fiber Power for fiber lasers and amplifiers, which can also simulate ultrashort pulse propagation in fiber and bulk devices.

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