Scientific Profile

The fiber research and technology department is dedicated to issues regarding light guiding, light creation, and light control in optical fibers and for application as fiber optic light sources or fiber optic sensor components. The particular expertise of this research department lies in the modeling, creation, and application of guided light. The department is divided into 2 working groups:

  • Holographic Endoscopy
  • Optical Fiber Materials and Structures

The members of the two workgroups have many years of experience in the development of

  • Special optical fibers, including microstructured fibers and photonic crystal fibers
  • Passive and active fiber components and fiber modules, including fiber lasers and fiber Bragg gratings
  • Fiber optic sensor systems
  • Optical functions of nanostructures (e.g., in nanofibers and nanoprobes)

The research department has comprehensive technological equipment at its disposal for the production of high-precision optical fibers, including special equipment for the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) of differently doped glasses and in-house fiber drawing towers that are some of the most state-of-the-art research facilities in Europe. In addition, diverse technical options exist for the characterization, local structuring, and splicing of special optical fibers. Thus, IPHT is an attractive research partner for all issues concerning the production and application of state-of-the-art special optical fibers.

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