Areas of Competence


Optical and Mechanical System Design

Optics design, Mechanical design, Simulation and analysis, System design

Micro- and Nano-structured Optics

Photolithography, Laser beam lithography, Functional material printing, Stochastic structures for antireflection, Electron beam lithography, UV molding, Combination of lithography, dry etching and molding, Technologies for producing molding tools


Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems

Bonding technologies, Hybrid integration, Microassembly and packaging technologies for microoptical systems, Handling, positioning, alignment, Wafer-level-optics, System integration

Precision Optical Components and Systems

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Functional Surfaces and Coatings

Coating devices, Design of optical layer systems, EUV- and X-ray multilayers, VUV-, NIR- and VIS-layers, Plastic coating, Transparent and conductible coatings, Stochastic structures for antireflection

Laser and Fiber Technology

Assembly and joining technology for fiber lasers and fiber optics, Fiber-based amplification of laser sources, Q-switched microchip lasers, Fiber optics, Resonator design, Fiber technology

Imaging and Sensing

3D-measurement, Optics characterization, Surface and thin film characterization, Terahertz-measurement methods, Metrological computer tomography


Emerging Technologies

We enable revolutionary applications in science and industry with innovative solutions using new technologies, such as those from the field of quantum physics.