The work of this department focusses on the use of light as a tool in novel technologies for energy-efficient lighting, energy generation (photovoltaics), signal and data transmission, sensor technology and material processing. In addition, the corresponding manufacturing methods are developed and integrated into industrial production processes.

• Optical fibres: waveguides
• Lighting: colour mixing, light control (diffractive and refractive optical elements), light coupling and light transmission (e. g. for solid-state lighting, LED)
• Photodetectors: light guidance in modules and colouring; improved efficiency in photovoltaic modules / technology
• Optical components & systems: simulation, design and manufacturing of optimized optical components (diffractive, refractive, freeform micro-optics)

• Flex!PV_2.0: technologies for expanding the functionality and performance of flexible kesterite- and perovskite-based PV
• Green Photonics: Solutions for a sustainable life with light: fields of application are lighting, optical sensors and photovoltaics
• Kollsens: Bionische Kollisionssystem für unmanned aerial vehicles
• Next_Pro_Foil: Novel extrusion processes for next generation light management films
• PERMASOL: perovskite materials for efficient solar cells
• PHABLABS 4.0: PHotonics enhanced fAB LABS supporting the next revolution in digitalization
• SiTaSol: Application relevant validation of c-Si based tandem solar cell processes with 30% efficiency
• ThermOLED: thermal behavior of OLEDs: a holistic view.

Simulation of optimized novel (micro-) optical elements and structures
Design and rapid prototyping of optical elements and structures
Transfer of (micro-) optical elements and structures into close-to-production prototypes and first steps in process development
Optical analysis, physical and chemical characterisation of waveguides and structured films

Photovoltaics and optoelectronics
Intelligent light guidance
Colouring of solar cells and glasses for building integrated photovoltaics
Assessment and enhancement of LED and LD technology (phosphor conversion, lifetime modelling, reliability analysis)

Laser micro- and nano-processing of materials
Laser ablation, drilling, sintering, and functional surface modification

Light and Optical Technologies

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