Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
With more than 7,250 square meters of floor space, the building complex at Leibniz-IPHT offers optimal working conditions for approximately 330 employees and visiting scientists. In addition to a cleanroom and a fiber drawing tower, Leibniz-IPHT also houses several CARS and femtosecond laboratories, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) facilities, and other specialized laboratories.
With approximately 1,000 square meters of floor space, the cleanroom is the heart of the institute. The latest processes and techniques in microfabrication are used and further developed here. Among other things, scientists are researching technologies to produce highly sensitive sensors for electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields. These sensors are one of the integral components in the terahertz security camera. Microfluidic components and bioanalytical chips can be developed and manufactured directly at Leibniz-IPHT. The process chain continues on to the production of prototypes and small series. Quality management of vital fundamental technologies has been ISO certified since 2002.
The fiber drawing towers used in the production of glass fibers with highly-complex cores are among the most advanced research facilities of fiber optics in Europe. Fibers can be drawn at speeds of up to 100 meters per minute in a broad range of parameters. Starting from different fiber preforms, complex fiber structures at sizes in the sub-micrometer range can be realized. Customized online measurement and control techniques ensure a high fiber quality and enable both the multi-coating and printed coating of optical fibers. This makes it possible to achieve a high level of technology and strengthens Leibniz-IPHT’s position as an attractive research partner.