Optics and Photonics Materials

Nanostructure technology enables the development of new materials for optics and photonics such as photonic crystals and metamaterials, opening up completely new applications in the fields of imaging, ultra-compact light sources, nanomicroscopy and optical nanomanipulation. The investigation of these materials is carried out at the Center for Innovation Competence “ultra optics®”.

Applications lie in the fields of imaging, ultra-compact light sources, nano-microscopy and optical nano-manipulation.

 

Metamaterials

Optical metamaterials are artificially nanostructured media in which the propagation properties of light are primarily defined by their underlying structure...
 

Plasmonics

Metallic nanorings with diameters smaller than 100 nm show plasmonic resonances which result in a wide range of color effects. These resonances rely on...
 

Photonic cristals

The conditions of existence and propagation for light in so-called photonic crystals are controlled by the periodic structuring of dielectric materials...
 

Micro-optics materials

The choice of suitable materials is a crucial step on the path to the perfect system. The Fraunhofer IOF possesses extensive experience in the analysis...
 

Silicon optics

In association with companies, the Fraunhofer IOF is investigating a new technology to deposit X-ray amorphous silicon layers on ultra-precise substrates...