Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Prism Grating Prism (PGP) system for applications in aerospace, precision optics or highly sensitive interferometers.
© Fraunhofer IOF

Prism Grating Prism (PGP) system for applications in aerospace, precision optics or highly sensitive interferometers.

Hot wire CVD deposition.
© Fraunhofer IST

Hot wire CVD deposition.

The Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces combines six Fraunhofer institutes that cooperate in the fields of lasers, optics, metrology and coating technology. The institutes combine complementary skills in the following areas: laser manufacturing techniques, beam sources, metrology, medicine and life sciences, optical systems and optics manufacturing, EUV technology, process and system simulation, materials technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, and thin-film, plasma and electron beam technology.

Competency by networking

Building on their basic research in the various fields of application, the institutes work together to supply fast, flexible and customer-specific system solutions in the fields of coating technology and photonics. Strategy is coordinated to reflect current market requirements, yielding synergies that benefit the customer. The institutes also collaborate with their local universities to provide the full range of student education, up to and including doctoral studies. As a result, the Fraunhofer institutes are not only partners to technological development, but also a continuous source of new talent in the fields of coating technology and photonics.

Core competencies of the Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

The Fraunhofer institutes' competencies are coordinated to ensure that research can be quickly and flexibly adapted to the requirements of the various fileds of application: laser manufacturing, beam soruces, metrology, medicine and life sciences, materials technology, optical systems and optics manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnologies, thin-film technology, plasma technology, electron beam technology, EUV technology, process and system simulation.

 

Fields of application

The Fraunhofer institutes are able to draw on extensive process expertise to provide customers with tailored, laser- and process-specific solutions that take material and product design, construction, means of production and quality assurance into account. These solutions serve a wide range of industries: automotive, biotechnology and life sciences, electronics and sensor technology, energy and the environment, aerospace, mechanical and plant engineering, tool and die manufacturing, optics.

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Summer School / 26.8.2019

8th International Summer School "Trends and new developments in Laser Technology"

August 26–30, 2019, Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

The one-week summer school offers students and PhD students the opportunity to study basic and applied aspects of laser technology. The program consists of expert lectures,

supplemented by participant presentations and informal discussion sessions, as well as laboratory practice.

Topics: Surface hardening technologies, High speed 2D laser cutting, Laser welding, Additive manufacturing processes, Applications of ultra short pulsed lasers, Laser process simulation, Laser micro/nano structuring, laser interference patterning

Language: English

 

 

Workshop / 15.9.2019

Workshop "Sensing with Quantum Light" 2019

As a successor to last year’s Autumn School on Quantum Enhanced Imaging and Spectroscopy, Fraunhofer IOF and IPM and the Institute of Physics, Humboldt University, are proud to announce a Workshop on "Sensing with Quantum Light", which will take place from Sunday, Sept. 15th to Wednesday 18th, 2019, at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef.

Latest News

6.8.2019

A cooling system without harmful refrigerants

A discovery from 1917 becomes viable for the future. A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is developing efficient magnetocaloric cooling systems that make do without harmful refrigerants. The esearchers hope to achieve 50 percent of the maximum efficiency level with their process. Comparable existing magnetocaloric systems reach only approximately 30 percent.
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26.7.2019

New steel materials for 3D printing

North Rhine-Westphalia has launched the NRW Leitmarkt project AddSteel, which is aimed at digitalizing the steel industry. Coordinated by SMS group GmbH, a plant engineering company based in Mönchengladbach, this three-year project will develop new function-adapted steel materials for additive manufacturing. One of the project’s key areas of focus is the qualification of the developed materials for laser powder bed fusion (LPBF), a metallic 3D printing process, at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen. One of the AddSteel project team’s first successes was the development of the first case-hardening and heat-treatable steel powders designed specifically for LPBF applications.
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25.7.2019

Further international award for Christoph Leyens

Prof. Christoph Leyens has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for his successful global commitment to Additive Manufacturing. At the beginning of this year, the Director of the Institute of Materials Science at TU Dresden and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS received the award of the same title from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
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16.7.2019

Fraunhofer: What’s next?

In the 70th year of its history, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is ideally positioned for the challenges of the future, a strategy it also demonstrated at LASER World of PHOTONICS, the world's leading photonics trade fair in Munich. The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, for example, presented state-of-the-art technology for quantum technologies, metallic 3D printing and electromobility.
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Contact

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Reinhart Poprawe

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhart Poprawe

Chairman Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
Steinbachstr. 15
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8906-110

Fax +49 241 8906-121

Arnold Gillner

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Dr.-Ing. Arnold Gillner

Managing Director Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology
Steinbachstr. 15
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8906-148

Fax +49 241 8906-121