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Argishti Melikyan

Crawford Hill, NJ, USA


2010 – 2014: PhD in Electrical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2007 – 2009: MS in Optics and Photonics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2003 – 2007: BA in Physics, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia.



Argishti received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany in May 2014. At KIT, Argishti contributed in demonstrations of novel plasmonic devices including SPP phase and absorption modulators, photodetectors, polarization splitters and mode converters. His research interests are silicon photonics, plasmonics and numerical methods in electromagnetics.

Research Interests

  • Optical Communication
  • Optical Devices

Selected Articles and Publications

  • A. Melikyan, L. Alloatti, A. Muslija, D. Hillerkuss, P. C. Schindler, J. Li, R. Palmer, D. Korn, S. Muehlbrandt, D. Van Thourhout, B. Chen, R. Dinu, M. Sommer, C. Koos, M. Kohl, W. Freude, and J. Leuthold, “High-speed plasmonic phase modulators,” Nat. Photonics, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 229–233, Feb. 2014.
  • A. Melikyan, K. Koehnle, M. Lauermann, R. Palmer, S. Koeber, S. Muehlbrandt, P. C. Schindler, D. L. Elder, S. Wolf, W. Heni, C. Haffner, Y. Fedoryshyn, D. Hillerkuss, M. Sommer, L. R. Dalton, D. Van Thourhout, W. Freude, M. Kohl, J. Leuthold, and C. Koos, “Plasmonic-organic hybrid (POH) modulators for OOK and BPSK signaling at 40 Gbit/s,” Opt. Express, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 9938-9946, Apr. 2015.
  • A. Melikyan, N. Lindenmann, S. Walheim, P. M. Leufke, S. Ulrich, J. Ye, P. Vincze, H. Hahn, T. Schimmel, C. Koos, W. Freude, and J. Leuthold, “Surface plasmon polariton absorption modulator.,” Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 9, pp. 8855–8869, Apr. 2011.
  • S. Muehlbrandt, A. Melikyan, K. Köhnle, T. Harter, A. Muslija, P. Vincze, S. Wolf, P. Jakobs, Y. Fedoryshyn, W. Freude, J. Leuthold, C. Koos, and M. Kohl, "Plasmonic Internal Photoemission Detectors with Responsivities above 0.12 A/W," in CLEO: 2015, paper FTh3E.3.
  • C. Hoessbacher, W. Heni, A. Melikyan, Y. Fedoryshyn, C. Haffner, B. Baeuerle, A. Josten, D. Hillerkuss, Y. Salamin, M. Kohl, D. Elder, L. Dalton, C. Hafner, and J. Leuthold, "Dense Plasmonic Mach-Zehnder Modulator Array for High-Speed Optical Interconnects," in Advanced Photonics 2015, paper IM2B.1.
  • W. Heni, A. Melikyan, C. Haffner, Y. Fedoryshyn, B. Baeuerle, A. Josten, J. Niegemann, D. Hillerkuss, M. Kohl, D. Elder, L. Dalton, C. Hafner, and J. Leuthold, "Plasmonic Mach-Zehnder Modulator with 70 GHz Electrical Bandwidth Demonstrating 90 Gbit/s 4-ASK," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, paper Tu2A.2.