Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

Prof. Constantin Häfner named new Fraunhofer ILT director

Effective November 2019, the renowned laser physicist will succeed Prof. Reinhart Poprawe.

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Compact alexandrite lasers for climate research

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AKL’20 from May 6–8, 2020 in Aachen

With forums on the key topics of process control & AI, Additive Manufacturing and quantum technology – program online registration open!

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Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project futureAM at formnext 2019

Significant increase in scalability, productivity and quality of AM processes

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Symposium LSE’20:
Laser technology for
e-mobility

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New applications for a new generation of ultrafast lasers

Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS

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The international laser community honors photonics visionary
Prof. Reinhart Poprawe

An era is coming to an end: Throughout his professional life, Prof. Reinhart Poprawe shaped technological progress in photonics and specifically built up the next generation of young talent for the industry. Now the laser visionary is retiring in the fall of 2019. At the symposium “Digital Photonic Production and Industrie 4.0 and what it means for education and research” 280 laser experts and companions paid tribute to his work as a professor of laser technology, his services in basic and contract research and in the networking of industry and science. The symposium took place on June 23, 2019 in the run-up to the world's leading trade fair LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich.

Our Technology Focus

 

Lasers and Optics

This technology field focuses on developing innovative laser beam sources and high quality optical components and systems.

 

Laser Material Processing

Among the many manufacturing processes in the technology field Laser Materials Processing, cutting and joining in micro and macro technology as well as surface processes count among its most important.

 

Medical Technology and Biophotonics

Together with partners from the Life Sciences, the technology field Medical Technology and Biophotonics opens up new areas of applications for lasers in therapy and diagnostics as well as in microscopy and analytics.

 

Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology

The focus of the technology field Laser Measurement Technology and EUV Technology lies in manufacturing measurement technology, materials analysis, identification and analysis technology in the areas of recycling and raw materials, measurement and test engineering for environment and security, as well as the use of EUV technology.

 

Digitalization

The technology focus digitalization provides services and products for digitalization of manufacturing technologies in the context of efficient and transparent production.

Laser Technology for Your Industry

Laser technology can solve demanding tasks in many different industries. Whether as a tool in automotive production, as measuring equipment in the environmental sector, as a diagnostic or therapeutic instrument in medical technology or as a communication medium in space technology, the laser provides multiple uses with high productivity and high efficiency. Thanks to its intensive research and application-specific developments, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has been guiding its industrial partners in developing their innovations for more than 30 years – in the “branches” section you will find further information and a selection from our services.

 

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

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52074 Aachen

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5.12.2019

Collecting complex climate data thanks to compact alexandrite lasers

Higher atmospheric layers are becoming more and more interesting for climate researchers, but the areas above 40 km are only directly accessible with sounding rockets. A newly developed LIDAR system (Light Detection and Ranging) with a diode-pumped alexandrite laser will soon make such research possible remotely. Scientists from the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are developing a system that is not only easy to transport but also works independently. In the future, a LIDAR network will be able to deliver data from the atmosphere continuously and on a large scale.
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27.11.2019

AKL’20: Improving productivity through digitization in the laser industry

From May 6 to 8, 2020, laser manufacturers and users from various branches will meet at the AKL’20 for the 13th time. Featuring over 600 participants, 87 speakers and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress” has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. The program of events is already available at www.lasercongress.org – where you can also register now for AKL’20.
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14.11.2019

Laser Symposium on Electromobility in Aachen: trends for the mobility revolution

Following a successful premiere in 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will kick off the second Laser Symposium on Electromobility – LSE’20 – in Aachen on February 12, 2020. The two-day event will focus on high-efficiency laser techniques for every step in the process chain for producing batteries and electric vehicles. One of the main highlights will be a presentation from Swiss company E-Force One AG on the electrification of heavy-duty transportation.
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22.10.2019

formnext 2019: Fraunhofer ILT spin-off wins Start-up Challenge

A spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT receives a special distinction: the Aachen-based company Laser Melting Innovations GmbH & Co. KG is one of the winners of the “formnext Start-up Challenge” 2019. The young Aachen scientists will be honored by the jury for the development of their low-cost system on November 19 at the formnext in Frankfurt on the AM4U stage (hall 11.0-F71). With this system for Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) with metal powder, SMEs in particular have at their disposal an industry-suitable system technology for metallic 3D printing.
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