Our Profile

Fiber optic and photonic measuring systems drive development of innovative concepts of measurement and regulation while also opening up whole new areas of applied use. They play a role in the optimization of energy efficiency and serve as a key innovation factor for new and future-oriented markets.

In the Fiber Optical Sensor Systems department at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute the focus of our application-oriented research is squarely on a new generation of photonic sensors. These are distinguished by extreme miniaturization, high networking and communication capability and extremely low power consumption or even complete energy self-sufficiency.

The challenges this involves are manifold - new materials need to be researched and new processing methods for integrated optical components with ultrashort laser pules need to be developed along with new concepts for the production of chip based photonic sensors and sensor systems.

The Fiber Optical Sensor Systems department is located on the EnergyCampus in Goslar close to the Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen (EFZN) and the Clausthal University of Technology.

Topics

Femtosecond Laser Materials Processing

  • Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) processing
  • 3D-waveguide processing in glass, quartz and silicon
  • Chip spectrometers

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Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

  • Black silicon
  • Zinc oxide nanowires
  • Energy harvesting and nanogenerators

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Energy Efficiency and Smart Sensors

  • Monitoring of wind power plants
  • Smart control for mobility
  • Near-surface geothermal energy
  • Security at critical infrastructures

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Contact

Head of Department

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Schade
Tel. +49 5321 6855-150
Fax +49 5321 6855-179
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Office Manager

Astrid Stüber
Tel. +49 5321 6855-153
Fax +49 5321 6855-179
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