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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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  • Photonics
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  • Technologies
  • Optics
  • Microsystems
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  • Brandenburg

4.1 Adlershof

4.1 Adlershof Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), another Adlershof institute of international renown. Light – a core competency in Adlershof Optics and photonics have a long tradition in Berlin. In the “City of Light”, Max Planck and Albert Einstein did research. Emil Rathenau and Werner von Siemens founded their world-leading companies AEG and Siemens here. Therefore, it is only logical that optical technologies are one of the most important areas in Adlershof, too. About 60 companies are operating in this field in the science and technology park Adlershof. They generated revenues of more than 170 million Euro in 2010. Among those highly innovative companies is Optricon whose new optical reader for protein test strips are currently the only quantitative heart attack tests in the world. Another example is Limmer Laser, where lasers for medical and dental applications are developed and produced, such as the Diolas LFD 3000, the first medical laser combining the most important urological therapies in a single device. In Adlershof, about 1.000 people work in photonics. The robustness and dynamic of the area is evidenced by the fact that the number of employees could be kept constant during the financial crisis. Also, revenue of the companies increased rapidly since the end of the crisis. From 2009 to 2010, it grew from about 130 to more than 170 million Euro, a yearly increase of more than 30%. At the interface – microsystems technology, analytics and equipment engineering Where IT and optical technologies are strongly represented, like in Adlershof, good working conditions result for those who are active at the interface between these fields. Consider microsystems technology, which locally focuses on, among other things, conversion of optical signals into electronic signals, and, thus, is an example how procedures developed in scientific institutions are implemented in integrated systems. As a spin-off from the semiconductor company Infineon, AEMtec operates in Adlershof since 2000 and has evolved over time into a leading provider of optical and electronic multi-chip modules. With about 120 employees, ideas are translated into prototypes and production parts. In order to strengthen the field of microsystems technology even further, an appropriate technology center in Adlershof has been designed, which opened in summer 2011 as the youngest center so far. The Technology Center for Microsystems and Materials (ZMM) offers approximately 7,500 square feet of clean room, laboratory, workshop, and office space - room enough for more than 20 companies with around 200 employees. To keep the investment costs for new businesses low, it provides highly equipped areas, sometimes including laboratory equipment, and a shared conference room. The laboratories provide fume hoods, ventilation, air conditioning and several gas pipelines for pure ga- Number of employees in optical technologies and microsystems technology companies in Adlershof Source: WISTA Management GmbH 26

4.1 Adlershof ses and compressed air. The first tenants are already evidence for the international orientation of the Adlershof site: some come from the U.S., Norway and Israel. This goal is served, inter alia, by joint representations of Adlershof companies and institutions at international trade fairs organized by the site management. Therefore, Adlershof has been represented since many years with a booth at Photonics West, the international optics fair in San Francisco or at the Laser - World of Photonics in Munich. In addition, many Adlershof companies participate every two years in the locally developed Laser Optics Berlin, which grew such that it now takes place under the Funkturm Berlin in the ICC; it is now further developed by the Messe Berlin. Other events are organized locally, like the Photonics Summer School started in 2006, which demonstrates the competence of the Solar Campus Adlershof to students, young professionals and other interested parties worldwide with technical presentations and workshops. This summer school is organized jointly by the Adlershof site management company WISTA and Berlin's Humboldt University. The Berlin-Brandenburg optics industry association OpTecBB is also among its organizers. In addition, OpTecBB promotes the exchange of information among the regional players with information and other events, and its office is also located in Adlershof. Adlershof will continue to grow dynamically Center for Microsystems and Materials (ZMM) © WISTA Management GmbH Historically and - given the high density of academic institutions and research-oriented companies - also logically, the areas of metrology and scientific instruments play an important role for the location. Since its creation more than 20 years ago, the ccience and technology park Adlershof has evolved into a unique success story. Today, more people work in Adlershof than during the heydays of the East German research. And that will be by no means the end: By 2020, the number of employees will have doubled again. Key will be research, science, and the proximity of those who convert ideas into products. Already during GDR times, Adlershof was the center of the eastern part of Germany for the construction of scientific instruments and devices. About 1.700 staff developed and manufactured measurement technology, a tradition that has been preserved at the site. Spectroscopic methods continue to play an important role, the Leibniz-Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) in Adlershof researches on new measurement principles and procedures. The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) also maintain branches here. Furthermore, new industries create new requirements that will also be satisfied locally. An example is Sentech Instruments. This company builds instruments for layer thickness measurement, which were first used in the semiconductor industry. Following the strengthening of the photovoltaics industry, Sentech now provides in addition to PV production lines an instrument for quality control. Do good and talk about it – networking is no coincidence How does a site develop, where everybody works together and contributes their expertise to invent new processes and products? Adlershof is a mix of site management and industry initiatives which are working to bring the various players together and to let the brand Adlershof shine. Interior view of the ZMM © WISTA Management GmbH Contact: Dr. Bernd Ludwig Director of the Centre for Photonics and Optics Phone: +49 (0)30 / 6392 2252 Email: Jörg Israel Director of the Centre for Microsystems and Materials Phone: +49 (0)30 / 6392 2216 Email: WISTA Management GmbH 27

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