According to the industry report of the industry association spectaris, the photonic industry in Europe holds a top position. World-wide, its share is at about eight percent – and in core areas even up to 16 percent. The global market volume is currently indicated at about 250 billion Euro. Photonics have thus become one of the most important innovation drivers of the global economy. It is a key technology used in many different industries, such as automotive, pharmaceuticals, energy, medicine,
bio, information and communication technology, and has become a vital part of these areas by now. In our networks, we bring together experts from the economy and science with the target of advancing the development of new products, services and applications in selected partial areas of photonics.
DR. MANFRED RAHE
Area manager I+P
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Optical measuring technology & sensors for the production of the future - industry 4.0
In light of current developments and challenges, intelligent, linked measuring technology and sensors are to be implemented for the production of the future (industry 4.0) in the scope of this network. Integration of such systems into production is to make it possible to automatically produce customer-specific products in standardised and controlled production processes. The developments of new measuring technology from the macro to the nano range and development of intelligent, linked process measuring technology and sensors, to development of new measuring methods in the area of imaging are to play central roles. As a supplementary aspect, industry 4.0 and the interfaces and standards needed for this in the area of measuring technology and sensors for industrial production are analysed and developed.
Contact: Dr. Manfred Rahe
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-0
Modular ultra-short impulse laser Technology
Ultra-short laser impulses with durations of a few femtoseconds (1 fs = 10-15 s) up to a few picoseconds (1 ps = 10-12 s) permit entirely new processing methods that are not possible in this manner with conventional tools. The target of the network is establishing ultra-short impulse laser technology as a tool in industrial production, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises. For this, application fields for ultra-short impulse laser technology are to be evaluated systematically and transferred to processes that can be implemented. Particular
attention should be on the use of new components for beam guidance and beam characterisation, as well as use of innovative sensors for optimal use.
Contact: Dr. Manfred Rahe
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-0
QPhot – Quantum Photonics
The control of single or few quantum states introduces a new era of applied quantum mechanics - the second quantum revolution. It enables novel applications in the fields of communications, computing, cryptography, sensing, medicine, material science and many more. QPhot is an innovation platform, rallying experts and leaders from Europe in order to bring quantum photonics technologies from breadboard setups in laboratories to real-life applications and products. Kicking off international projects within the public funding framework is one major goal along with the generation of new ideas for products and services within the field of quantum photonics.
Contact: Dr. Martin Garbos
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-281
Sensors and measurement technology for fast and quantitative on-site analysis
In several application areas there is a very high demand for innovative, networked on-site analytics, in particular for water/environmental analysis, safety controls, quality control in food production and in the field of medicine. The aim is to develop new methods, technologies and solutions for faster, more reliable, more precise and, in particular, quantitative results that can also be used digitally. This is based in particular on the latest developments in material production, miniaturisation, digitisation and automation. Focal points: Concept & Design; Sensor Technologies - Materials; Sensor Technologies - Lab-on-a-Chip; Combined Sensor Technology; Interfaces/ Networking; Miniaturization.
Contact: Markus Sebeck
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-257
Highly integrated microphotonics & microproduction of the future MyHi-Light
Miniaturization is a feature of almost all industries and technologies, including optical technologies. Miniaturization enables a more flexible use with reduced space requirements and integration of different functionalities of a system in a closed production step. The development focus in the network is on the development of optical and electro-optical components as well as standardized and automated manufacturing processes for the production and assembly of highly integrated optical components and systems. The network supports the members in coming together for developments in this area.
Contact: Florian Reiterer
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-276
Augmented reality for industrial applications
The target of the cooperation network promoted by the Federal Ministry of Economics is initiating innovations around augmented reality, planning and implementing the corresponding development projects and marketing the products or technologies resulting from this together. The previous network partners already form a complete value-added chain – from component manufacturers to processors of sensor data, specialists of image processing, indoor navigation and mapping, to software providers and users.
Contact: Patrick Hiesinger
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-216
IMMOS - Mobile and miniaturised optical sensor
The vision of IMMOS network is developing a basic model that permits the production of miniaturised optical sensors for application-specific indicators (composition and type of media) for various applications. They are based on modular soft- and Hardware platforms. The optical indicator (spectrum) does not play any role for the user but is converted into the application-relevant indicators by system-internal algorithms. Networking of the sensors also permits recording of branched measuring points.
Contact: Dr. Rainer Henking
Tel.: +49 40 5488704-36
Industrial LED Systems
The use of LED is bound to increase and enter many new market segments in the next years, due to the further developments in energy efficiency, luminance and availability of further wavelengths. The special properties of the LED require many different competences in order to produce the right light for the respective applications and direct it to the right location. Current industry applications demand more than individual products. Many different technologies are needed to develop an LED system. Most companies do not have all of these in their own company. The network provides these technologies through the competence of the Partners: LED, electronics, optics, thermal management and construction as well as design.
Contact: Wolfgang Scherer
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-217
Photonic process chain & industry 4.0
In light of the current challenges in optics production, the network has the target of closely linking the individual steps of the development chain from development and design of the lens to production and processing, to measurement and characterisation in light of establishing a continuous process chain. With the practical implementation of this process chain, the optical industry is to be enabled for the first time to design customer-specific optical components in detail and to automatically produce them via a standardised and controlled production process.
Contact: Dr. Thomas Schwarzbäck
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-251
Optics analyses Fluidics
Optofluidics is a relatively young and interdisciplinary technology that links optics and fluidics. The network has the target of developing new applications for optofluidics to broadly establish it, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises. Furthermore, new materials for microfluidic applications and new detection methods are to be developed as a partial area of optofluidics, specifically in the area of microfluidics, in order to keep up with the data
volumes that are generated in optofluidic microsystems.
Contact: Annika Hecht
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-232
Making the invisible visible
The target of the network is transferring the terahertz technology to specific applications and thus to suitability for practice. Identified application areas can be found in the following industries: Plastics, paper, plants, pharmaceutics and foods. For these industries, applications must be identified and possible solutions for identified applications must be developed together. These solutions are marketed together in order to develop synergy effects for the Network partners. In order to meet as many requirements from the application areas with the terahertz technology as possible, the network also develops solutions for the system components within a technology road map in terms of size and measuring speed.
Contact: Alexander Lohrey
Tel.: +49 40 548870-40