Dr. Vanessa Zamora

Dr. Alethea Vanessa Zamora Gómez completed her PhD in Physics in the optical fiber group at the University of Valencia in 2010. Her PhD research included a brief stay at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. Dr. Zamora Gómez was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada, before joining Fraunhofer HHI in Berlin. She is currently working as a Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IZM and the Technical University of Berlin, where her research covers low-loss coupling solutions and packaging for integrated photonics and fiber-based microstructures in relation to sensing applications.

Adhesive-free fused silica fiber joints made possible by direct laser welding

Fused silica may be expensive and complicated to produce, but the laser welding process developed at Fraunhofer IZM, which uses it as a connection for photonic chips, is something of a revolution. Welding with a CO2 laser enables robust and…