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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Conference / 25.9.2018

3D Valley Conference 2018

The 3D Valley Conference from September 25-27, 2018 in Aachen focuses on industrial applications, shows new developments in processes, integrated process chains and innovative business models in the field of additive manufacturing.

 

Workshop / 12.11.2018

7th Workshop "Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries"

Latest News

13.8.2018

QUILT Autumn School »Quantum-Enhanced Imaging and Spectroscopy«

Within the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF from Jena, Germany, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM from Freiburg, Germany, will organize an Autumn School on Quantum-Enhanced Imaging & Spectroscopy at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, from September 9-12, 2018.
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8.8.2018

Lasers make the lotus effect on aircraft

Filigree engravings on external surfaces of aircraft are intended to ensure that airflow remains smooth and drag on the aircraft low. For this, engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, the Technische Universität Dresden and Airbus have developed a laser process that produces textured surfaces at high throughput making surface contamination more difficult.
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7.8.2018

Surface Finishing at High Speed

High precision and high quality, but too slow – this is how most laser processes for surface finishing can be described. In the EU research project ultraSURFACE, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, together with nine international partners, is developing two new optics by the end of 2018. With them, the laser beam shape can be specifically and quickly adapted to constantly changing processing situations. In the near future, lasers will be able to polish, coat or structure surfaces up to ten times faster than before thanks to this tuning.
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6.8.2018

Electron Beam Patterning for high-resolution full-color OLED displays

OLED microdisplays are increasingly establishing themselves in consumer-ready wearables and data glasses. In order to meet the requirements for higher efficiency, higher contrast, and higher resolutions in these applications, Fraunhofer FEP scientists have developed a new micropatterning approach for OLEDs on silicon substrates. This might eliminate the use of color filters and shadow masks in the future and allow full-color displays to be developed by means of a new process. An increase in efficiency and considerably broader color gamut have already been demonstrated in first experiments. The results will be presented at the Fraunhofer FEP booth no. 50 and during the poster session at IMID 2018 in Busan, South Korea, August 29-31, 2018.
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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