With the intention of creating tangible system innovation, the PHOS team specialises on multi-disciplinary research and development of optical, opto-electronic and mechanical components in a co-ordinated, holistic effort.
- Optical sensor and metrology systems, dealing with customer-defined applications as diverse as optical detectors for nano-particles in (automotive) exhausts to highly integrated imaging systems for bio-molecular analysis
- M(O)EMS based photonic systems solutions, designing complete, functional optical, mechanical and electronic systems incorporating suitable functional micro-components, e.g. various micro-mirrors
- Specialised high-performance laser systems, both around CTR’s HiPoLas® ultra-compact diode pumped solid-state high-power laser system or alternative lasers, with applications ranging from sensing applications to laser ignition
- Intelligent spectroscopic systems solutions, where research addresses both the spectroscopic hardware, from non-dispersive target sensors to MEMS-empowered spectrometers, and the spectroscopic intelligence, including multi-variate data analysis and e.g. condition-adaptive models
Related research typically addresses fundamental questions, like new optical designs or special components, alongside practical considerations, including geometrical and other use-defined constraints or e.g. tolerancing of optical elements. In line with that, R&D projects may range from initial technical and scientific feasibility studies to the realisation and characterisation of fully functional demonstrators.
The R&D area’s team covers all relevant scientific and technological disciplines, in particular optics and photonics, physics, optical- and systems-design, opto-electronics, laser physics, spectroscopy and chemistry. This allows competently dealing with topics including:
- Design and systems integration of (micro-)optical systems
- Simulation of complex, integrated systems, both on the optical and photonic and superordinate systems levels, taking also e.g. thermal, mechanical and electronic interactions and interdependencies into account
- Selection, adaptation and implementation of application-optimised systems components, like light sources and detectors, control and data acquisition / evaluation systems etc.
- Selection, adaptation and implementation of highly functional MEMS/MOEMS components in intelligent systems solutions
- Macroscopic and microscopic UV/VIS, near- and mid-IR and Raman spectroscopy and imaging, including spectral data evaluation models and procedures
- Development of specific optical-spectral analysers and sensors
- Development and application-specific adaptation of monolithic high-performance lasers (CTR HiPoLas® line)
- Laser ignition, e.g. of piston engines, turbines and space thrusters
- Comprehensive systems integration and optimisation
- Experimental characterisation and validation of optical systems and sub-systems
- Optical Design, Interferometry, THz-Imaging, ultrafast spectroscopy, non-linear optics, ToF-Sensors, Light-field microscopy…
The area’s research infrastructure includes laboratories for general optics, a dedicated, certified laser laboratory, a laboratory for spectroscopy and a chemical laboratory for sample preparation and reference analyses. Besides a full set of optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic components for laboratory setups, various metrology tools, including systems for characterising lasers of all classes, are available. In addition, the group possesses several high-end spectrometers, from the UV/VIS to the THz range, including an IR and a Raman microscope. This experimental infrastructure is furthermore supplemented by a continuously maintained and expanded state of the art simulation infrastructure (e.g. ZEMAX OpticStudio Premium und LightTrans VirtualLab Fusion and COMSOL Waveoptics) as well as spectral data evaluation software and reference databases.