Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources (CAPS)

New generation of ultrashort pulsed lasers and their application

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Ultra-short pulsed lasers promise amazing possibilities. However, the technology has so far been limited by low laser power. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded the Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS in 2018 to solve this restriction. Under the leadership of the two Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen and the Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, the participating research groups concentrate on developing laser sources and process technology for outputs of up to 20 kW. The goal is international technological leadership in laser systems that achieve the highest performance with ultra-short pulses (UPP) and research into their potential applications. The new systems are to exceed all previous UKP lasers by an order of one magnitude in average laser power. At the same time, the necessary system technology and possible applications in industry and research are being developed.

The Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS is designed to research not only beam sources but also process technology and applications. Partners from research and industry are invited to participate. The cluster acts as a "virtual institute" in which experts from the 13 Fraunhofer Institutes FEP, IAF, IIS, IKTS, IMWS, ISE, ISIT, ITWM, IWM, IWS, IZI as well as ILT and IOF offer their focused expertise.