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Programme Areas

There are three programme areas at the Leibniz-IPHT in terms of organisation and as a basis for the programme budgets: Biophotonics, Fiber Optics and Photonic Detection.


In the program area Biophotonics we research and develop innovative photonic methods and tools of highest specificity, sensitivity and resolution for biomedical microscopy and imaging, multiscale spectroscopy, nanoplasmonics as well as bioanalytical, epidemiological and medical chip systems. We rely on key technologies and technological research in fiber optics and photonic detection.

Our goal is to provide medical, life and environmental science partners with new analysis, diagnosis and examination methods and to act as a bridge between optics and photonics on the one hand and life and environmental sciences, medicine and infectiology on the other. One of our main focuses is therefore on research into optical health technologies that can be applied to many relevant medical fields.

We map the entire process chain including sample preparation and evaluation, especially statistical, chemometric and imaging analysis, and integrate both into functional models. This is how we live our maxim "From Ideas to Instruments".

Fiber Optics

In the program area fiber optics we design novel fibers with remarkable properties to extend the technological limits of numerous light-based applications. We also open up new application possibilities for our highly developed glass fibers. At the interface with the Biophotonics program area, we focus on the development of fibers for life and environmental science applications. In this way, we contribute to the development of novel diagnostic tools, innovative methods for imaging in living organisms and precise tools for monitoring the cleanliness of air and water.

Photonic Detection

When light hits matter, various interactions occur. We use these interactions in the Photonic Detection program area to develop new detector systems for the time-, space- and spectrally-resolved detection of electromagnetic radiation, for example to measure the surface temperature on planets, and to research and develop new microscopy methods. We also want to understand and control the responses of different materials to the effects of light. To this end, we also rely on concepts from quantum technologies, for example in the fields of quantum sensors and quantum circuits, and we are developing novel optical measurement techniques.

Our application-oriented research is based on strong basic research, for example in the fields of biopolarisatin, solid state quantum systems or in-situ spectroscopy at interfaces.

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