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  • Andreas Tünnermann in the lecture hall.
    © Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany / Walter Oppel.

    On September 16, 2019, Fraunhofer CAPS will host the Summer School for PhD students and all scientists from Fraunhofer institutes associated with Fraunhofer CAPS. The Summer School offers a broad spectrum of lectures on laser technology and systems engineering as well as exciting insights into their applications.

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  • The scaling of the multi-kW ultrafast fiber laser is based on the coherent combination of several individual beams.
    © Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany / Walter Oppel.

    Experts from 13 different Fraunhofer institutes are working on the development of multi-kW ultrafast lasers and various applications in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS. A user facility with application laboratories in Aachen and Jena is being created for this purpose, laboratories in which partners from industry and research can work with the new technology.

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  • USP Lasers Conquer Macroprocessing

    Press Release / 25.4.2019

    Dr. Arnold Gillner: The challenge is to get the photons to the workpiece.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

    Ultrashort pulse (USP) lasers have become firmly established in science and micromachining. At this year's “UKP-Workshop: Ultrafast Laser Technology” in Aachen, a new trend has emerged: Macroprocessing. Since multi-100-watt USP lasers up into the kW range have become available, the industry is looking at them with great interest for large-area applications. For this purpose, the institute is developing the complete process chain right through to fully digitized processes.

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  • Fraunhofer CAPS at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019

    Fair Participation / 1.4.2019

    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen / Klaus D. Wolf

    Scientists of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS will present the first results at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2019 in Munich. From June 24–27, visitors can find out more about the development of high-power ultra-short pulse lasers in the multi kW range and about the evaluation of their application potential in industry and science.

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  • The scaling of the multi-kW ultrafast fiber laser is based on the coherent combination of several individual beams.
    © Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany / Walter Oppel.

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is launching a highly ambitious undertaking: the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS. The cluster aims to achieve international technological leadership in laser systems that reach maximum performance with ultrashort pulses (USP), as well as researching their potential applications, all in cooperation with Fraunhofer partners. The new systems are proposed to surpass all previous USP lasers by one order of magnitude in average laser power. At the same time, the partners are working on the required system technology as well as promising applications in industry and research.

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  • More than 660 attendees met at AKL’18 in Aachen, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / Andreas Steindl.

    Visitors to this year’s AKL – International Laser Technology Congress in Aachen, Germany, had the unique chance to see where industrial laser technology stands today and where it will be tomorrow. The congress delivered the full picture of current technologies, from advanced laser sources and new process technologies to a wide range of applications such as Additive Manufacturing or even Quantum Sensing. To research such future topics, several projects have been started, and a whole new “I³ – Integrated Interdisciplinary Institute” has been inaugurated.

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  • Partners of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS met for the kick-off meeting on May 2, 2018 in Aachen. The coordinators: Cluster director Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer ILT (front row, second from right), and Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer IOF (front row, second from left).
    © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany / M. Conrad-Franzen.

    The kick-off event on May 2, 2018 in Aachen marks the beginning of an extraordinary venture. Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, announced together with Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, the launch of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS.

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