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Public Outreach.

Traumberuf Technik

It's a good idea to study physics!
Pupils from schools all over Upper Austria came to get informed about natural sciences and, in particular, studying physics at JKU.


Science in the Castle

Panel discussion in the castle of Linz, Upper Austria, with leaders from funding agencies, politicians, and the general public about the role of science in the society

science in the castle

Podcast: Versuch und Irrtum

Podcast about our research, in collaboration with Austria's public broadcaster ORF and the  Austrian Science Funds FWF

The link to the podcast can be found HERE, opens an external URL in a new window



Podcast Brehm

Long Night of Research 2022 @ JKU

The Department of Semiconductor Physics participated in the Long night of Research 2022.

The interest in cleanrooms, quantum light and playing Lego using atoms was tremendous.


Photo below: © Andreas Röbl


LIT Lecture at JKU


19 January 2022:

LIT lecture at JKU. 15 min talk for the general public about our state-of-the-art research


Prize for movie "Cats, Rats & Lovebirds"

At the virtual festival "29. Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage 2020", opens an external URL in a new window, the movie "Cats, Rats and Lovebirds", written by Moritz Brehm and Martyna Grydlik, won the Silver Cup of the "Grand Prix Victoria" in the category "Technology, Research and Development" in June 2020.

The short movie Cats, Rats & Lovebirds (M. Grydlik, M. Brehm) shows a seemingly perfect double date - if it wasn't for the salt shaker, some crystal structures and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle...
Presented at the Linz film festival Crossing Europe, opens an external URL in a new window on April 26, 2019 at 6 p.m.

28. February 2019:
Presentation and discussion for pupils about: "Quantenphysik in Nanostrukturen und Silizium Nanolaser"


Cats, Rats & Lovebirds

Premiere, opens an external URL in a new window: Thursday, 14 June 2018, 14:00, Moviemento Linz, OK-Platz 1, 4020 Linz.

The Linz University of Arts is cooperating with Wissenstransferzentrums West, opens an external URL in a new window to find new alternative strategies of science communication. In line with the three movies "Maybe Palermo", "Rhinospider: Eine Operation in drei Akten" and "Battery Betty", the latest production „Cats. Rats and Lovebirds“ is a new cineastic approach to natural scientific research and dedicates itself to quantum physics research on the topic "Electrically driven Ge Quantum dot lasers towards on-chip applications".

The product of this interdisciplinary cooperation between WTZ West together with Moritz Brehm and Martyna Grydlik (Institute of Semiconductor Physics, JKU Linz) and Luzi Katamay and Christian Dietl of LAS GAFAS FILMS is an intimate play between longdrinks, quantum physics and nano lasers.

Cats. Rats & Lovebirds

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Lange Nacht der Forschung 2018

13. April 2018
Vortrag von Moritz Brehm zum Thema: "Moving Data Using Silicon Lasers"


Lunch Lecture at JKU

15 November 2017:
Lunch lecture at JKU. 15 min Talk for the general public about the research.


Czech finals of the Science slam

1 November 2017:

We were invited to have a guest appearance an present our Silicon quantum dot laser in the finals of the Czech Science Slam in Brno.
Link to a video about the event:, opens an external URL in a new window
Martyna and the boys from 0:30 on...
This was a fantastic organization of the event, a great location and audience. Thanks!

Video about our research

During the course of his PhD thesis, Florian Hackl created a video about our work on quantum dot growth and embedding single quantum dots into photonic crystal cavities.

Click here to access the video., opens an external URL in a new window

Article in emedia

Our research was mentioned in an article about next-generation microprocessors in the E-Media an Austrian monthly magazine about digital technology.


School outreach through FFG-project Socrates

Through the FFG-funded Projekt Sokrates (Leader: FH Kärnten) we presented our research about Silicon quantum dots and lasers in front of ~150 high school students in Carinthia. The main subject of the project was "What is Science". Link to the event., opens an external URL in a new window


Science Slam 2016, European finals - 2nd Place!

Martyna won the second place at the European finals of the Science Slam 2016 in Hamburg (Location: Uebel & Gefährlich), Germany.

It was fun participating with great performances from Switzerland, Finland, Czech Republik and Germany

Austrian Science Slam Finals in Vienna

Martyna won the Final of the Austrian Science Slam on 22 April 2016 in Vienna (Bühnenzelt, Wiener Heldenplatz at Lange Nacht der Forschung 2016).

Click here to access the video from the performance in Vienna., opens an external URL in a new window (in German)

Science Slam in Linz

Martyna participated and won the Upper Austrian Science slam in Linz on 8 March 2016.

Great organization by Bernhard Weingartner and great location in the Posthof.
Click here to access Martyna's performance, opens an external URL in a new window (in German)

Newspaper articles about our published Si quantum dot laser

Zombie Science Movie

Florian Hackl made a Zombie movie shot in our Institute.

From the defect-enhanced quantum dot group Martyna Grydlik, Florian Hackl and Moritz Brehm participated.
Have fun. Here is the link!, opens an external URL in a new window