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National Photonics Research Labs – NPL
The aim of the research infrastructure »National Photonics Research Labs – NPL« is to explore the controllability of light with the help of their users. Gained knowledge will be used to develop new optical components and systems and to enable leading scientists all over the world to answer fundamental scientific issues. Technological challenges concerning the realization of such components and systems often go beyond the demands of micro- and nanoelectronics. Therefore, it is necessary to define deterministically and stochastically linked two- and three-dimensional structures with nanometer resolution on large surfaces (square meter scale) providing complex optical functionality. Major key technologies for the production of such challenging components and systems, especially tailored for the needs of science, are lithographic processes and their combination with freeform technologies as well as their characterization along all size scales.
NPL develops and runs a unique infrastructure that shall be established in a six-year build-up phase. The NPL is based on the competences of Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and its partner institute, the Institute of Applied Physics of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. It combines the complementary competences of the Helmholtz centers DESY Hamburg and GSI Darmstadt as well as the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PtB. With its work on the field of modern optics, NPL absorbs the Science Cases of national and international science communities in various disciplines. NPL is operated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its partners DESY, GSI and PtB.
The research infrastructure »National Photonics Labs – NPL« will be built on Beutenberg Campus near Fraunhofer IOF, Institute of Applied Physics and Abbe Center of Photonics. It will be embedded into a competence network containing nine research institutes and two start-up centers with more than fifty companies. The chosen location offers a family-friendly workplace with all-day childcare directly on site, which is mainly attractive for young scientists as it gives them long-term security for their family-work balance.
Shaping the future of optics together: The growth core of the Fraunhofer IOF receives the award for the development of a free-form process chain
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Developed a suitable source for entangled photon pairs
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