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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Fair / 1.4.2019

Hannover Messe 2019

You will find the Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces at the Hannover Messe 2019 in the Digital Factory, hall 6, booth A 30!

 

Workshop / 10.4.2019

5th UKP-WORKSHOP: Ultrafast Laser Technology

The 5th UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology will focus on processes and systems that can help companies capitalize on the full range of laser performance, such as high speed scanning or suitable beam shaping.

Latest News

20.3.2019

Hannover Messe 2019: The EOSS® (Enhanced Optical Sputtering System)

The EOSS® (Enhanced Optical Sputtering System) innovative sputtering system developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, enables to produce highly complicated and high-quality optical coatings with extreme precision and with a high process reliability. High throughput is achieved by coating up to ten substrates with a diameter of 200 mm. The EOSS® is commercially available and offered industrially by cooperating partners. The coating area is even bigger in a commercial version. At the Hannover Messe, the Fraunhofer IST presents an ultra-precise optical interference filter coated by EOSS®.
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18.3.2019

Transparent and flexible - the new lightness of light

Ultra-thin, transparent and flexible - these are the attributes that distinguish the innovative OLED technology. Within the European research project PI-SCALE, with a total of 14 partners, the lighting experts of EMDE development of light act as so-called "launching customers", i.e. as pilot customers. Together with renowned companies such as AUDI AG, Pilkington and REHAU, the experts contribute their know-how to adapting a pilot line under the LYTEUS branding to the needs of the market and customers. The aim is to make the innovative OLED lighting technology available to companies of any size in order to launch products quickly and cost-effectively. As an example of new possibilities in lighting design, EMDE development of light GmbH is presenting for the first time a prototype for a light art object at LOPEC in Munich (19 to 21 March 2019), which demonstrates the aesthetics and immaterial appeal of the latest OLED technology.
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14.3.2019

Turbomachinery manufacturing – getting the balance between environmental protection and productivity

A new term was coined recently at the “5th Conference of the ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing Aachen”, which was held on February 6 and 7, 2019. Some 200 participants from 18 countries discussed the best ways to achieve an “ecolonomic” form of turbomachinery manufacturing and deployment – in other words one that reduces both their cost and environmental impact.
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13.3.2019

12,000 holes per second with 1 µm diameter

A new generation of ultrafast process technology is on the market. Higher average laser power and greater pulse energy promise higher throughput and efficiency. When processing microfilters, for example, this makes it possible to drill hole sizes down to below one micrometer much more quickly. When scaling the processes, there are some non-trivial interaction mechanisms to contend with, which were one of the topics of the “5th UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology“ in Aachen.
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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