Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence
Fraunhofer CAPS is one of currently six Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence. The Fraunhofer Clusters of Excellence promote the cooperative development and processing of system-relevant topics through an inter-institute research structure. In organizational terms, these research clusters correspond to a “virtual institute” spread over multiple locations. The aim of the research clusters is not just to temporarily implement single projects but rather to follow a roadmap for the long-term development of a complex technological trend.
Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS
The central subject of Fraunhofer CAPS is to develop a new generation of laser systems by increasing the output power of ultrafast lasers by an order of magnitude as well as researching their potential applications. This goal is achieved by investigations in three research areas:
- laser source concepts
- system technology concepts for for fast beam shaping and deflection
- their application in industrial production as well as in fundamental research
To accelerate the introduction of these novel laser sources to application development, two application laboratories in Jena and Aachen will be opened this year. These two locations together form the User Facility, where new processes are being made industrially relevant.