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    ITS Alumnus Won 2018 Leibinger Innovation Prize

    Surabaya, ITS News – Muhammad Rodlin Billah, alumnus of the Physics Engineering Department of the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia, won the second best award for Leibinger Innovation Prize after take the innovation of Photonic Wire Bonding (PWB) techniques. The award is given to research groups from around the world who are considered to have contributed significantly to the laser field and its applications.

    Photonic Wire Bonding (PWB) technique is a standard technique of fiber optic development in the industrial world to integrate photonic components and mass production at low cost through the polymerization of two photons (basic particles). As is known, the optical fiber is a transmission medium or a kind of plastic/glass cable used to transfer light signals from one place to another.

    The man who is pursuing his doctoral studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany revealed that in 2020 there will be a capacity crunch phenomenon, namely the phenomenon of soaring data traffic beyond the growth of cable infrastructure or inadequacy to meet the demands of the world’s increasing information from year to year.

    PWB is present as one of the photonics integration techniques that promise as an alternative data transport, especially in terms of scalability for mass production and production cost efficiency. This is because the two-photon polymerization integration techniques are simpler compared to other previous techniques. “Because of this, PWB is considered a big breakthrough,” said the father of one child.

    If it viewed from the industry perspective, data storage service providers through the internet such as Google, Microsoft, and even Facebook will be able to increase their data storage capacity at a cheaper price.

    While from the public eye, various internet services and applications such as streaming video from YouTube or video calls with WhatsApp will be accessed more quickly and cheaply so that they can realize the Internet of Things during the 4.0 Industrial Revolution.

    The man who has lived in Germany since 2010 hopes that this innovation can show the importance of fiber optic communication systems for the world of communication in the present and the future. This should not only be done by building various fiber optic network data centers as has been attempted by the government but also followed by various universities to bringing up vocational study programs, masters, to doctoral in the field of optics and photonics, especially for the development of optical fiber.

    The possibility of PWB Innovations Developed in Indonesia
    The 2009-graduated of ITS revealed that PWB techniques have the potential to cost a lot cheaper than other photonic integration techniques. However, the supply of two-photon polymeric basic equipment and materials is still very expensive if the PWB is seen as a separate research field, especially in Indonesia. “For example, a femtosecond laser, one of the many important components for the TPP, has cost around Rp. 700 million,” he said.

    This fee does not include the installation of special laboratory rooms and other equipment to coordinate the two-photon polymerization techniques. “In particular, the development of PWB techniques in Indonesia is still possible even though in turn they will face big challenges from this perspective,” he concluded. (rio/gol)

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