Students of natural sciences and engineering with an interest in laser technology will find an ideal environment at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Chair for Laser Technology LLT, the Chair for Technology of Optical Systems TOS and the Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Manufacturing Processes Instruction and Research Department NLD at RWTH Aachen University to acquire fundamental and practical knowledge.

The advantages of this internationally recognized competence center are obvious: state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent industrial contacts, methodological competence in project management, team spirit and entrepreneurial spirit, international employees, short communication channels and stays abroad in the subsidiaries in the USA and France. Based on their experience at the Fraunhofer ILT, some employees set up their own company after completing their thesis or doctorate.

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Laser Colloquium

At the "Laser Colloquium" of Fraunhofer ILT, representatives from industry will present current lectures on the topic of "LASER" at regular intervals. More information can be found on our German website.

Laser Tutorial

The word LASER is an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". It actually represents the principle itself but is also used to describe the source of the laser beam.

OPEN LASER LAB for Students: Insights into Laser Technology Labs

Experience applied research live in laser labs, talk to scientists and make valuable contacts! On May 9, 2022, interested students have the opportunity to gain exciting insights into laser technology research and development in Aachen.

The chairs for Laser Technology LLT, for Technology of Optical Systems TOS and the Instruction and Research Department for Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Manufacturing Processes NLD at RWTH Aachen University together with Fraunhofer ILT and the research campus DPP offer a look behind the scenes and into many different laboratories. The focus is, among others, on the topics quantum technology, additive manufacturing, medical technology, beam source development, measurement technology, surface technology, joining, cutting, digitalization, EUV & plasma technology as well as optical systems. 

Transform your own ideas into future-oriented technologies and applications!

The topics for bachelor's and master's theses and the job opportunities are as diverse as the research areas. Find out more and talk to our experts on site!

Save the Date! - May 9, 2022, 3 p.m., meeting point Steinbachstraße 15, 52074 Aachen, Germany

Robot system with LMD head and integrated laser line scanner, realized in the BMBF-funded project ProLMD: Scanning of the additive manufactured repair volume on the component. Thanks to the use of a fiber-guided system, the KUKA robot can operate with nearly no restrictions and can also manufacture complex geometrical shapes.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Ralf Baumgarten.
On May 9, 2022 interested students have the opportunity to participate in guided tours through selected laboratories and experience laser technology live.



Prof. Holly new head of the RWTH Chair for Technology of Optical Systems TOS

Following Prof. Peter Loosen's official retirement from RWTH Aachen University in February 2021, Prof. Carlo Holly now takes over his position as head of the Chair TOS. 

Holly studied Mechanical Engineering & Physics at RWTH Aachen University and received his PhD at the Chair for Laser Technology LLT in April 2019.


Max Planck School of Photonics

The Max Planck School of Photonics offers young scientists ideal conditions for a career start in photonics science or industry. At various events such as workshops or online lectures, the young talents are encouraged to pursue scientific curiosity. 


RWTH-MINT-EC-Camp Production Technology

From November 17-19, 20, students from MINT-EC schools had the opportunity to learn about production technology topics that are being researched in the Cluster of Excellence IoP at RWTH Aachen University. Insights were also given at the Chairs for Laser Technology LLT & for Technology of Optical Systems TOS as well as at Fraunhofer ILT.


Talk Lehre 2020 – Digitalization in Teaching & Learning

LIVE stream from the laser lab: At the virtual Talk Lehre event on November 12, 2020, researchers from the Chairs for Laser Technology LLT and for Technology of Optical Systems TOS of RWTH Aachen University as well as from Fraunhofer ILT presented a new mobile multi-camera setup with streaming functions for virtual lab tours.


Virtual “Schüleruni Maschinenbau 2020”

From July 27-31, 2020, school students were able to spend a week getting to know research and teaching at RWTH Aachen University. Lectures & experiment demonstrations on technical topics and virtual tours were given, which also made research at the Fraunhofer ILT tangible. 

Interested parties can find more info under the attached link.


Talent Take Off: Orientation for Choosing Studies

Virtual technology workshops, visits at Fraunhofer institutes and discussions with scientists: In the study orientation program "Talent Take Off", school students get exciting insights into the world of research and answers to questions about working life at Fraunhofer.


“5 to 12”: RWTH Science Night

Science explained clearly, made tangible and lightened up with music, art and culture: On November 8, 2019 there was a lot to discover for anyone interested from 19:00–0:00 in the lecture hall centre C.A.R.L. on Claßenstraße in Aachen.

The chairs for Laser Technology LLT, for Technology of Optical Systems TOS and for Digital Additive Production DAP of RWTH Aachen University show how versatile the tool light can be used.


jDPG Excursion: Experience Laser Technology

On 26.04.2019, 17 physics students visited Fraunhofer ILT during an excursion of the Junge Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (jDPG).

During a guided tour through the laboratories, the students gained insights into the institute's research in the fields of beam source development, EUV technology, laser measurement technology and additive manufacturing with LPBF.