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NanoCrystals in Fibre Lasers


Project Partners

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

Project Coordinator

At the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena, scientists use light to find solutions to questions and urgent problems in the fields of health, environment, medicine and safety. Under the motto “Photonics for Life”, they research light-based technologies that make our lives safer, healthier and cleaner. The institute was founded in 1992 and has been performing top, world-renowned research ever since. On January 1, 2014, Leibniz-IPHT became a member of the Leibniz Association, jointly supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government.

Primary goals of the research focus Fiber Optics are basic investigations for the efficient control of fiber-generated and fiber-guided light and research of fiber systems for a wide range of applications. For this purpose, the material scientific and technological expertise for the manufacture of special optical fibers is combined in a wide parameter range with the scientific competencies for the characterization and application of fiber-optic components and systems. A strength of the institute is the coverage of the closed chain from material preparation, fiber preform development, fiber production, fiber functionalization, and fiber integration to fiber system application. Research activities include the investigation of novel fiber concepts for life science or environmental issues, including disease diagnosis, advanced imaging in living organisms, and monitoring of pollution in gas- or liquid-containing environments.

Universidad Cantabria

The University of Cantabria (UC) is one of the three universities that has been in the Top 10 list of the main Spanish rankings both in education as well as in research quality. It is a modern public institution whose main purpose is to contribute to social progress through a firm commitment to teaching and scientific excellence. The scientific work developed in the UC is high-quality and some of its research groups are to be found amongst the leaders at an international level in their area of knowledge.

The High Pressure and Spectroscopy Group, hereafter named HPSG, is multidisciplinary group formed by physicists of the Departments of Earth Sciences and Condensed Matter Physics, Applied Physics and Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cantabria. Its research activity has a marked experimental character in the field of optical properties of insulating and semiconductor materials covering all stages of the research from the synthesis and characterization of materials (from single crystal to nanomaterials) to the study of their properties under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, and their eventual use in devices. The HPSG provides extensive experience in the field of material science and spectroscopy for more than 25 twenty years.

AGH University of Science and Technology

The AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow is a modern state university which develops collaboration with colleges and universities in Poland, Europe, and all over the world. The university’s priority is the accomplishment of tasks and projects that are part of the knowledge triangle: education – scientific research – innovations. The AGH University of Science and Technology is a technical university where exact sciences are strongly represented, and where they constitute basis for the development of a wide spectrum of applied sciences at a gradually increasing role of social sciences and humanities. In line with global trends, we create new branches of study, but at the same time we keep the conventional ones, which are indispensable for a proper development of science, technology, and the economy of our country.

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS conducts applied research on high-performance ceramics. The institute‘s three sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia), Germany, collectively represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics. As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops advanced high-performance ceramic materials, industrial manufacturing processes as well as prototype components and systems in complete production lines up to the pilot-plant scale. In addition, the research portfolio also includes materials diagnostics and testing. The test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics and microscopy contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants. The institute operates in nine market-oriented business divisions in order to demonstrate and qualify ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive testing methods for new industries, product concepts and markets within and beyond the established fields of application. Industries addressed include ceramic Materials and Processes, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Electronics and Microsystems, Energy, Environmental and Process Engineering, Bio- and Medical Technology, Non-Destructive Testing and Monitoring, Water as well as Materials and Process Analysis.

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a leading University located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey in the South East of England, UK. One of the most significant infrastructure developments by the University has been the Surrey Research Park, which was opened by HRH The Duke of Kent in 1985. The Park accommodates more than 100 companies, which employ 2,500 staff engaged in research and development activities, many of which relate closely to the work of the University’s faculties. In the 2000s, the University expanded to a new campus at Manor Park. Since 2000, our estate has been transformed through a £400 million building development and improvement programme – on top of this has come a further investment in the form of a new £45 million School of Veterinary Medicine and £70 million support for the 5G Innovation Centre, one of the world’s first research centres dedicated to mobile communications and future internet technologies. The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) is one of University of Surrey’s research centers. It brings together researchers with an international outlook in Quantum Information, Nanotechnology, Energy, and Advanced Materials. The ATI’s activities are divided into four research groups, united by cross-cutting themes.

LASOS Lasertechnik GmbH

In the last centuries laser technology has become one of the key technologies in nearly all fields of industry and science. Many modern applications in manufacturing and research are only possible due to the unique properties of laser radiation.

Many world known companies and research institutes specialized in the field of Photonics are situated in the region around Jena also called the “Optical Valley”. Embedded in this tradition it’s the ambition of LASOS to built high quality products to serve industry and research with the right tools of manufacturing, measuring, analysis or inspection. Due to the precise knowledge of photonics developments LASOS applies the latest technical expertise for the supply of innovative products. Besides the highly qualified staff at LASOS this is supported by a network of research institutes and companies in which LASOS is integrated.

With the closed chain of development, design and manufacturing LASOS is able to adapt customer’s requirements and to deliver customized solutions including laser modules, optomechanical systems and fiber technology up to complete system solutions. So LASOS has become the world’s leading supplier of laser technology for confocal microscopy.

LASOS laser technology helps to

  • Detect cancer and other diseases
  • Encrypt the DNA to improve health care
  • Inspect the quality of our daily food
  • Analyze emissions to help protecting our environment
  • Inspect component parts to assure constant quality
  • Measure small length variations in construction site and many more.