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Processes in the industry can be made more precise, efficient and safe with laser measuring technology. Lasers can be used to identify, monitor or recycle materials at high throughput rates, in which, for example, geometrical and spectroscopic measurements can be used and combined. Fraunhofer ILT develops laser-based methods for material analysis, measuring and testing technology in the field of environment and safety. One focus is on industrial applications of laser-induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS) in automated measurement processes. In the context of Industry 4.0, inline control of intermediate and end products is becoming increasingly important.

The spectroscopic measurement processes can be used for the inline and offline analysis of gases, dust emissions and for the detection of pollutants and safety-relevant substances, or for the analysis and classification of sludge and wastewater. Laser-based analysis opens up further applications for material recycling or to verify metals in production.

For example, in the field of recycling, laser-based measuring processes are ideal for automated sorting processes. Metals, ceramics, glasses, slag, or raw materials can be identified very quickly and sorted by type. This makes it possible, for example, to reuse metal alloys in an energy-saving and environmentally friendly manner and to reclaim rare valuable materials such as technology metals from electronic devices that are no longer used.

The range of services offered includes feasibility studies, the development of application-specific, laser-based measuring methods, the integration of systems into industrial processing technology or special systems as well as individual consultation.

Miniaturized measuring head for inline DLS measurements.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
Miniaturized measuring head for inline DLS measurements.
Contactless exposure and unsoldering of circuit board components by means of laser radiation in a recycling process of the “ADIR” project.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
Contactless exposure and unsoldering of circuit board components by means of laser radiation in a recycling process of the “ADIR” project.
Board of a mobile phone and positions of components containing tantalum.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
Board of a mobile phone and positions of components containing tantalum.

Material Analysis

  • Development of spectroscopic measurement methods
  • Inline and offline investigations of gases and dust emissions
  • Analysis and classification of slurries and effluents
  • Detection of toxic and security-relevant substances
  • Analysis for material grade based recycling
  • Positive material identification in production lines

Measurement and Testing Technology

  • Automated testing for quality control
  • Material identification and  chemical analysis
  • Testing of geometric features
  • Online monitoring of processes
  • Inline control of intermediate and final products
  • Biometric applications

Development of Prototypes

  • Feasibility studies
  • Custom build solutions and laser measurement systems
  • Prototypes for measuring problems in industrial applications


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.

Read up about the innovations of the Fraunhofer ILT in a few selected industries and convince yourself!


Fricke-Begemann, C., Strauß, N., Noll, R.: 
Laser-based methods for chemical composition analysis of particulate emissions from steelmaking processes. 
Proc. of the CETAS 2011, Luxembourg, 17.-19. Mai 2011. OC19. pp. 131-138, 2011

Strauss, N., Fricke-Begemann, C., Noll, R.
Size-resolved analysis of fine and ultrafine particulate matter by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
J. Anal. Atomic Spectrom. 25, 867-874

P. Jander, R. Noll
Automated detection of fingerprint traces of high explosives using ultraviolet Raman spectroscopy
Appl. Spectrosc.
63, Nr 5, 559-563, 2009

C. D. Gehlen, E. Wiens, R. Noll, G. Wilsch, K. Reichling
Chlorine detection in cement with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in the infrared and ultraviolet spectral range
Spectrochim. Acta. Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 
64, 1135-1140, 2009

Q. Wang, P. Jander, C. Fricke-Begemann, R. Noll,
Comparison of 1064 nm and 266 nm excitation of laser-induced plasmas for several types of plastics and one explosive
Spectrochim. Acta Part B
63, 1011-1015, 2008

P. Jander, R. Noll
Remote Raman detection of trace explosives
Proc. of the Future Security Res. Conf.
pp. 333-336, 2008

V. Sturm, A. Brysch, R. Noll
Online Multielement Analysis of the Top Gas of a Blast Furnace by Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)
Berg- und Hüttenmännische Monatsh.
1, 28-32, 2007

V. Sturm, A. Brysch, R. Noll, H. Brinkmann, R. Schwalbe,
K. Mülheims, P. Luoto, P. Mannila, K. Heinänen, 
D. Carrascal, L. Sancho, A. Opfermann, K. Mavrommatis,
H. W. Gudenau, A. Hatziapostolou, S. Couris
Online multi-element analysis of the top gas of a blast furnace by LIBS
Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop 
"Progress in Analytical Chemistry in the Steel and Metal Industries
183-188, 2006

R. Noll, C. Fricke-Begemann
Stand-off Detection of Surface Contaminations with Explosive Residues Using Laser-spectroscopic Methods
Stand-off Detection of Suicide Bombers and Mobile Subjects 
(Eds.: H. Schubert, A. Rimski-Korsakov)
89-99, 2006