Fundamental Research and Networks

Current approaches in the field of fundamental research concentrate on the understanding of coating structures with defined mixing phases, nonlinear properties, quantum wells and highest laser induced damage thresholds. Some special initiatives are for example:

DEHERA: DESIGN, HERSTELLUNG & CHARAKTERISIERUNG VON LASERAKTIVEN POLYMERFASERN

Further activities are presently concentrated on the development of novel laseractive polymer fibers within the project Design, Herstellung und Charakterisierung von laseraktiven Polymerfasern (DEHERA) within the cooperation Laseraktive Polymeroptische Fasern (LaPOF) funded on the basis of the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE).

QUANOMET: QUANTEN- UND NANOTECHNOLOGIE

The department is also involved in the Masterplan Quanten- und Nanotechnologie of the Universities in Hannover and Braunschweig featuring the research group Integrated Photonics. This new junior research group is dedicated to the development of laser active fibers for applications in space and will build up a complete infrastructure for the production of doped optical fibers in the HITec-Building in cooperation with the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. The facility includes an MCVD preform production system, a modern fiber drawing tower and a variety of adapted characterization systems.

QUEST: ADVANCED OPTICAL MATERIALS

Within the framework of the cluster of excellence QUEST (Quantum Engineering and Space Time Research) a working group Advanced Materials could be established which concentrates on basic research in the field of ion beam sputtering processes.

ACTIVITIES AT LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V.

The lab and cleanroom infrastructure at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. allows for the demonstration and implementation of various process concepts for optical coatings. Moreover, standard-compliant characterization methods for transmission properties from the VUV to the FIR spectral range, optical losses, laser-induced damage thresholds and the stability of optical components are available.

COMET: CENTER FOR OPTICAL COATINGS AND METROLOGY

Within COMET, the Laser Components Department at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. and the Thin Film Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) have created an optimum cooperation to be able to fulfil even complicated and most difficult demands on the optical components of tomorrow.

RCST: RESEARCH CENTER FOR SURFACE TECHNOLOGY

The goal of the Research Center for Surface Technology (RCST) is to foster field of thin film and surface technology in the European research landscape and to provide a continuous basis for research and development activities. It has been founded by the Russian and German Ministries on the basis of the research groups of Prof. Alexander Tikhonravov at Lomonosov University and the Laser Components Department of Prof. Detlev Ristau at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. in Mai 2011.