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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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50 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Optical Analytics Extensive information on research and industry in the field of microscopy can also be found in chapter 2.5 “ Biomedical and Ophthalmic Optics”. The imaging spectrometer MOS-IRS developed at DLR and on board the IRS-P3 satellite from 1996 to 2005 was the first instrument of its kind. It was primarily developed to lay the foundations and prove the viability of satellite-based quantitative remote sensing. The imaging spectrometer MERIS on board ESA’s environmental satellite ENVISAT marked the transition to the regular provision of data for environmental monitoring by official users and to the monitoring of European environmental guidelines within the framework of the GMES programme. www.dlr.de/eoc/en The Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Working Group at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ deals with radar and optical methods for the analysis of such geo-hazards as earthquakes, mass movements, glacier dynamics, permafrost, and anthropogenic surface deformations. The aim of the research is to develop automated procedures for monitoring and sharing radar and optical data to determine hazardous locations. www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/section/remote-sensing-and-geoinformatics/overview With the mobile phone microscope from Oculyze, for example, it is possible to count cells automatically. © Oculyze GmbH Optical remote sensing of waterways The Remote Sensing of Waterways Working Group of DLR’s Earth Observation Center (EOC) has offices in Berlin-Adlershof. The working group is working on using optical methods to measure the elements found in waterways from afar. Plasma spectroscopy The Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS e. V. is a non-university research institution based in Dortmund with a branch in Berlin-Adlershof. ISAS is developing different spectrographic methods and systems for applications in material and biomedical analytics. ISAS is working closely with companies in Berlin-Adlershof which will often also subsequently market the systems. Together with LTB Lasertechnik Berlin GmbH, ISAS has established an application laboratory for Raman microscopy in the VIS-UV-DUV spectral range, using the Echelle spectrometer concept developed by ISAS. While non-imaging sensors are used for this purpose on board ships or in the water itself, imaging spectrometers are used on aircraft and satellites to provide a separate image of the landscape for each spectral channel. Remote sensing is the only technology that can observe the high spatial and temporal dynamics of water bodies. In cooperation with SENTECH Instrument GmbH, ISAS develops ellipsometers for thin-film analysis. These are used for tasks in the fields of biomedicine and optoelectronics. www.isas.de/en Arc Precision GmbH in Wildau has modular plasma sources for the highest industrial demands in its portfolio. These can be used to refine surfaces with ultra-hard coatings. The company also specialises in analysing the surfaces of coatings. www.arcprecision.com

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Optical Analytics 51 Process analysis of disperse materials The research and innovation centre innoFSPEC Potsdam (“innovative fibre-optic spectroscopy and sensor technology”) was founded in 2008 as a joint project of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the University of Potsdam’s Physical Chemistry Department with the aim of generating innovations through intelligent application of fibre optics. innoFSPEC Potsdam is developing a unique fibre-optic method for the absolute quantification of optical absorption and scattering properties of highly light scattering, opaque materials. Among other things, this will enable a high-performance particle size determination in highly concentrated dispersions as inline-process analytics. In close cooperation with research and industry partners, the technology is used in the fields of food and polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biomedicine. Prof. Hans- Gerd Löhmannsröben, Dr. Roland Hass, and Dr. Oliver Reich founded the spin-off PDW Analytics GmbH from the University of Potsdam to use their research for commercial purposes. SOPAT GmbH is a specialist for the analysis of particulate systems. The SOPAT system (Smart On-line Particle Analysis Technology) is a combination of photo-optical measurement technology and image processing software. It is used for in situ analysis of particle sizes in real time. In contrast to offline methods, this analysis takes place directly in the reactor, for the first time making it possible to control processes based on particle size. The technology allows easy measurement of drop size distribution before, during, or after a reaction, as it can be easily added to pipelines, columns, or reactors via standard flanges. www.sopat.de Flow measurement without media contact has been perfected by FLEXIM GmbH. The system works with liquids or gases and at extreme temperatures, strongly fluctuating flow rates, and pipes of any size. Refractometry, the measurement of the light refraction, has proven itself in the laboratory countless times as an analytical method for determining the concentration, density, and purity of liquids. FLEXIM shifts refractometry from the laboratory to the production process in order to take advantage of the measuring principle for inline measurements as well: speed, accuracy, reliability and the independence of gas inclusions, colour, and turbidity. www.flexim.com/en www.innofspec.de www.pdw-analytics.de L.U.M. GmbH is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of instruments for direct and rapid stability analysis and particle characterisation of dispersions. With the help of the extremely powerful measuring technology, material separation processes can be analysed quickly, efficiently, and reliably, and dispersions can be comprehensively characterised. L.U.M.’s innovative analytical instruments are standard equipment in the laboratories of large chemical, food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition to analytical measuring instruments, L.U.M. GmbH also offers analytical services and contract research in these same fields. L.U.M. GmbH is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and EN 46001. www.lum-gmbh.com Constantly improving product quality while using less and less resources: this requires detailed knowledge of the production processes. JP-ProteQ is active in the development of measuring instruments, analysers, sensors, and automation solutions. To this end, the company adapts any manufacturer’s process analysers to solve special analytical tasks as well as develops and implements metrological concepts. www.jp-proteq.com Thin-Film Analytics The precision control of thin film processes is particularly relevant due to its high innovation potential and the development of new inorganic, organic, and hybrid material structures. It can be found in key diagnostics for nanotechnologies, semiconductor technologies, and materials science. It enables the accelerated development of innovative complex material systems. The technological challenges are many. These include, for example, the further development of optics (FIR to XR), light sources (miniaturisation), detectors (sensitivity, dynamics), and algorithms for data evaluation, image processing/pattern recognition, as well as the miniaturisation and optimisation of more cost-effective systems for specific material-technological applications. Component

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