Main Research Areas

The three research groups of the chair carry out research and development in the areas of optical systems for lasers and laser applications, Computational Optics and EUV Technology.

Research is embedded in several projects funded by third-parties such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the European Union (EU).

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Optical Systems

Facet mirrors for beam shaping © Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT

The research group Optical Systems investigates new assembly technologies for compact optical systems, manufacturing and assembly oriented design, simulation of thermal influences as well as the integration of actors and sensors to actively control optical systems.

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Computational Optics

Simulation of light propagation through a freeform lens © Copyright: TOS

The Computational Optics group develops numerical methods for applications in optics and photonics. Subjects such as free-form optics, optical neural networks as well as diode lasers for quantum technology are treated and the inverse heat conduction problem for the derivation of application specific intensity distributions in laser material processing is solved.

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EUV radiation source © Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT

Compact EUV radiation sources from Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, enable new industrial and research applications in the field of nanotechnology, which are intensively studied in the EUV Technology group. Short wavelength and efficient interaction of EUV radiation with matter allow not only for large area nanostructuring but also for high precision thin film metrology and high resolution imaging.

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