Future and trends of laser technology

3D scanner in the cathedral Notre-Dame
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Reconstruction of Notre Dame

Laser scanner data could provide valuable assistance during the reconstruction.

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Laser Direct Structuring (LDS)
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Ultrashort pulse lasers pave the way for 5G

The key to the 5G cellular network are new antennas that are manufactured using laser technology.

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Curved CMOS-Sensor with fish eye function
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Start-Ups at the trade fair

The entrants for the Start-up Award are turning to imaging, 3D imaging, fiber-optic systems, and ultrashort pulse technology.

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Ultra-high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) at the Fraunhofer ILT
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Innovations at the trade fair

Ideas in the area of lasers and laser systems for production have one goal: The tool should be more flexible and precise.

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Printed electronics with the help of Laser technology
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Laser and print technologies

In Industry 4.0 processes, there is demand for inexpensive sensors and flexible product labeling.

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Laser-based X-ray imaging
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X-ray imaging

The Munich-based Center for Advanced Laser Applications is working on laser-based X-ray imaging.

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ANDOR-sCMOS-Cameras film NEO-impacts on the moon
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Making the invisible visible

Specialized cameras ensure transparency in space, under microscopes, in crash tests, and in fast production processes.

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Camera system in the oven sends data to smartphone
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Photonics as a domestic aid

In smart homes, optical sensors ensure clean laundry, sparkling crockery, and perfectly cooked meals.

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Lasers are supposed to optimize welding of thick sheets in shipbuilding
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Lasers in shipbuilding

Shipyards are increasingly using lasers to join heavy steel plates and enormous cabin modules.

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Laser high beam in the new Audi A8
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Laser high beam

Lasers can increase visibility during night driving to up to a kilometer. Light technology for vehicles is gathering pace.

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Robot swarm in use
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Agriculture & Poultry Farming

Lasers and optical processes could turn out to be key technologies for environmentally and animal-friendly farming.

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Laser desolders PCB components
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Rare earths

Lasers play an important role in the recycling of high-quality metal alloys.

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Nobel Laureates in physics 2018: Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland
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Nobel Prize for Physics 2018

The prize winners in Chemistry and Medicine also used photonic technologies in their research.

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The ultra-thin solar films weigh only 500 g/m²
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Organic electronics

Displays based on organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have reached the mass market. Lasers are paving the way.

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The telescope has a diameter of 1.5 m and is manufactured from Silicon-Carbide ceramics
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Global wind maps

The ESA satellite Aeolus now measures wind from space, using high power lasers.

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Laser technology and precision drives enable live cell imaging
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Quality guarantees

Suppliers parts to the exact nanometer, control laser processes, and ensure pure, dry air in the installation space.

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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is complementing remote laser welding in the automotive industry
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Inline monitoring

Optical systems track the bonding processes in real time to prevent production faults.

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Continental and DigiLens are developing novel head-up displays
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Virtual worlds

Photonics paves the way in virtual worlds and enriches reality with useful information.

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Ultra-high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) at the Fraunhofer ILT
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Effectively optimized surfaces

Lasers immunize component surfaces against wear and corrosion.

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Prof. Peter Vöhringer and Steffen Straub with laser and infrared spec-trometer at the University of Bonn
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Combat the inertia of CO2

The use of carbon dioxide (CO²) as a material would be a huge success in the fight against climate change.

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Endomicroscopy at the University Hospital Erlangen
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Medicine needs Photonics 4.0

Photonics 4.0 approaches are needed for doctors to be able to make optimum use of the various procedures available.

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Prototype sheet glass with curvatures on both sides
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Smart glass

Researchers around the world are pressing ahead with the development of smart glass with the help of optical technologies.

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Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
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Nobel Prize for photonics

Using a huge laser interferometer, the Physics Nobel Prize winners managed to prove the existence of gravitational waves.

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Increasing productivity is currently the biggest issue with USP lasers. Multiple beam systems offer a possible solution.
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Ultra short pulse laser

New concepts should enable faster and more productive processes.

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3D-printed microfluidic device realized on FEMTOprint´s 3D printing platform.
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Micro 3D printing

The number of providers in this new field of technology is growing. And with it the choice of additive manufacturing processes.

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The 3D Flash LIDAR constructs a complete 3D model of the vehicle surround-ings up to 200 meters away and as close as a few centimeters, in just 1.32 microseconds, 30 times per second.
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Autonomous vehicles

LiDAR (light detection and ranging) systems use lasers to measure the distance to obstacles in the vehicle’s surroundings.

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Monitored "on the fly"—Remote-Laserwelding
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Industry 4.0

Flexible production technology and reliable in-line quality monitoring are in demand. Photonics has suitable solutions.

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