Photonik Zentrum Kai­sers­lau­tern Co­ordi­nates Res­earch Project on Ultra­fast Laser

to develop a new type of monolithic laser amplifier together with a passive energy control system for laser pulses

A new type of monolithic laser amplifier together with a passive energy control system for laser pulses is developed. (Source: PZKL)

Together with six partners, the Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern PZKL is coordinating the “HiPoRep” project in which a new laser system will be developed and tested in specific applications. Beside the PZKL, participants within the project are the Ferdinand Braun Institute for High Frequency Technologies FBH (Berlin), Amphos GmbH (Herzogenrath), GWU-Lasertechnik (Erftstadt), the Topag GmbH (Darmstadt) and GFH GmbH (Deggendorf). All of these German partners will contribute their specific know-how into the project. With the goal to develop a new generation of ultrafast lasers tested in specific applications as well as the introduction into industrial processes.

The research part of the Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern is to develop a new type of monolithic laser amplifier together with a passive energy control system for laser pulses. This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy via a Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium Enterprises (ZIM project) with 1 million euros over a period of three years.

Micro-materials processing with ultrashort laser pulses (< 10 ps) are well-established in many industrial applications such as cutting of solar cells or drilling of fine holes in injection nozzles. Currently available ultrafast laser systems lack the ability to control the exact time at which a single laser pulse is generated and emitted. Yet, various applications ask for an exact triggering of the laser pulse respectively of the dynamic adaptation of the repetition-rate-pulses. These requests are being addressed by the project.

Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern is a non-profit research institute and was founded 2009. It‘s goal is to transfer the optical technologies from research into the industry with special emphasize in supporting small and medium enterprises. Areas of specialty for the PZKL include optical measurement systems, laser development and micro-materials-processing using ultrashort laser pulses, together with their application in industrial processes. (Source: PZKL)

Links: Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern e.V. (PZKL)

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