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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Workshops / 19.11.2019

MATERIALS FOR ENERGY

Two workshops – one goal: Shaping the future of energy systems

The development of new materials, their processing and integration into applications are key aspects in the development of safe and high

energy future generation energy storage systems. Combined within the joined topic of "Materials for energy" Fraunhofer IWS provides two

topical workshops covering latest innovations for two different classes of electrode materials and their impact on enhanced energy storage.

Language: English

 

Workshop / 11.12.2019

Hybrid Materials and Additive Manufacturing Processes (HyMaPro)

The 2nd HyMaPro Workshop provides information on additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for metallic and ceramic components by means of hybrid materials, CAE-based virtual design, structural and functional optimization to additive manufacturing devices for multi-material approaches and parts.

Experience the functionality of additive manufacturing machines in practical sessions. Individually planned guided tours, plenary sessions and discussions in relaxed atmosphere present a unique platform for scientists and engineers to discuss latest R&D results. Join the HyMaPro Workshop.

Latest News

15.10.2019

Putting quantum bits into the fiber optic network

Transporting quantum information over long distances with glass fibers and paving the way for the quantum Internet: With this goal in mind, the Dutch research center QuTech and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT launched the ICON project QFC-4-1QID on September 1, 2019. In this long-term strategic partnership between the research institutions, the scientists will be developing quantum frequency converters that will connect quantum processors to fiber optic networks. The new technology will be used in the world's first quantum Internet demonstrator in 2022.
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11.10.2019

Smart antibacterial surfaces using bidirectional display technology

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has been developing processes and equipment for cleaning, sterilization and surface modification for decades. Within the framework of an internal funding project, the Institute has been developing a novel approach for the automated detection and inactivation of biofilms. First results will be presented at parts2clean (October 22 – 24, 2019 in Stuttgart, booth no. C31, hall 9).
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8.10.2019

Fraunhofer lighthouse project futureAM at formnext

In the Fraunhofer lighthouse project “futureAM – Next Generation Additive Manufacturing,” an alliance of six Fraunhofer institutes shall accelerate 3D printing with metal powder by at least a factor of ten. The first tangible results prove that this is not a dream of the future. The futureAM team will be presenting these results at the joint Fraunhofer booth D51 in Hall 11 during formnext from November 19 to 22, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.
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2.10.2019

A leap forward in smart windows and glass façades for highly efficient energy management using novel switching technologies

In modern architecture, large-area glazing is a continuing trend because of its appearance and design variety. Large southwards-oriented windows help to reduce the energy demand for heating in winter. However, large-area glazing may significantly increase the energy demand for cooling and air-conditioning in hot summers. Smart Glass Solutions – such as electrochromic (EC) and thermochromic (TC) windows and glass façades – control the radiation energy transfer with the “touch of a button” and thus can drastically reduce the energy demands for heating and air conditioning of large buildings. In addition, they allow superior indoor lighting comfort in contrast to conventional mechanical window blinds. On October 1, 2019, the EU-funded initiative “Switch2Save” was launched to improve the availability and affordability of EC and TC smart glass technologies. The consortium of ten partners from research and industry will demonstrate the energy saving potential of smart glass solutions in two fully-operational buildings.
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Contact

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Karsten Buse

Contact Press / Media

Prof. Dr. Karsten Buse

Chairman Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM
Heidenhofstr. 8
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 8857-111

Fax +49 761 8857-234

Contact Press / Media

Dr. Heinrich Stülpnagel

Managing Director Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM
Heidenhofstr. 8
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 8857-269

Fax +49 761 8857-224

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Dr. Heinrich Höfler

Office Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM
Heidenhofstr. 8
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 8857-173

Fax +49 761 8857-224