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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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74 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics Laser systems have also proven to be a good alternative to other treatment methods in the destruction of gallstones and kidney stones. In clinical practice, interesting, unexpected effects have been seen here: certain laser types are better suited for the Asian market because the stones are darker there than in Western countries due to the different eating habits and their maximum absorption is therefore at different wavelengths. Berlin-based Limmer Laser GmbH specialises in the development and manufacture of medical lasers. The company’s products are used in almost all disciplines of human, dental, and veterinary medicine. The range extends from conventional CO 2 lasers to diode lasers and various special devices. Limmer Laser now offers fourth-generation CO 2 lasers, which deliver high performance and sharp beam diameters. www.limmerlaser.de/en Quantune Technologies GmbH develops and markets microscopic infrared laser spectrometers for highly innovative consumer products based on patented quantum cascade laser and photoacoustic technologies. www.quantune.com Medical glass fibre for laser treatment of vascular diseases with an inverted cone for lateral optical radiation (without cap) © Fraunhofer IZM The Berliner Glas Group is one of the world’s leading companies when it comes to precise optical components, optomechanical and electro-optical modules, assemblies, and systems. Production and assembly take place worldwide, including Germany, Switzerland, and China. Berliner Glas is a driving force in the continuous further development of medical technology. The products and solutions are primarily found in the healthcare market segments of dental medicine, endoscopy, and ophthalmology, as well as in the field of life sciences. Berliner Glas manufactures many different optical systems: from prism assemblies and beam guidance systems to RGB LED cold light sources for endoillumination, endoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery. In addition, there are companies that develop and manufacture peripherals and individual components for lasers, spectroscopic systems, and other diagnostic and therapeutic applications of optical principles in medicine. www.berlinerglas.com FCC FibreCableConnect GmbH manufactures laser cables and other fibre-optic connections, mainly for spectroscopy, biotechnology, and medicine. A specialty is the development of prototypes per special customer requirements and the transfer of the technology into serial production. Its products include high-performance fibre cables for industry, transmission fibre cables for medicine, optical fibre bundles and probes for spectroscopy, as well as optical fibre couplers. www.fibrecableconnect.de/en Adjustment and gluing of a prism assembly for camera systems in medical technology © Berliner Glas KGaA OBERON GmbH Fiber Technologies develops and produces fibre-optic bundles, splitters, probes, and cables with different numerical apertures, coatings, and sheaths to apply for UV-VIS-NIR wavelengths in the range of 190 nm to 2,200 nm OBERON manufactures multi-arm fibre bundles, cross section

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Biophotonics and Ophthalmic Optics 75 transducers, reflection probes, transmission probes, and vacuum feedthroughs for various applications in spectroscopy, sensor technology, and analysis technology. www.oberonfiber.com Loptek GmbH & Co KG is another company in the region working with fibre optics, fibre probes, and optical measuring heads for use in medicine and biotechnology. Loptek actively advises its customers on the design of fibre-optic systems, individual design services, and completely new developments. escotec Lasertechnik GmbH offers lasermanufactured micro-joints, especially for stainless steel and titanium. www.loptek.de/en www.escotec.com/en Growth of Pepper plants indoor using LED devices (inset) and Luminaires that are developed by Crocus Labs © Crocus Labs UG In March 2017, CLS GmbH was founded as the German subsidiary of the Swedish company Clinical Laserthermia Systems AB in Berlin-Adlershof. The work being done in Berlin focuses on the development and production of diffusely radiating optical fibres, which are introduced into tumour tissues to destroy it thermally with laser light. Clinical studies are currently underway in Europe, including the immune response after laser therapy. Under precise control with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the outer tissue of the tumour is heated to such an extent that the cancer cells die after a delay and antigens are released. The patient’s immune system is activated so that tumour cells circulating in the body are deactivated and metastases can no longer form. The method is suitable for the treatment of solid soft tissue tumours such as pancreatic, prostate, or renal cell cancers as well as metastases in the liver and lungs. www.clinicallaser.se/en/ AgriPhotonics Several trends in agri- and horticulture lead to more and more applications of photonic technologies on farms, and along the whole food supply chain. One challenge is the climate change: Increased exposure to sun light changes the fruit development process on fruits leading to sunburn on apples, for example. On the other hand, the growing legal regulation of agrochemicals demands new technologies for weed control. Precision agriculture is one possible response. There, for example, the proper identification of weed requires sophisticated sensor technology, either on the ground, in the air or even on satellites. A third trend is the increased awareness on losses during processing and storing of crops and fruit. Here, optical technologies helps to determine the exact state of food and how long it is edible, thus reducing food waste. The new technological developments most often unite a detailed understanding of the processes in the plants with sensing and data processing technologies. The close proximity of diverse research institutions in the German capital region has sparked a number of successful partnerships in recent years. This has led to company foundations and to a lively regional and international network of academic and industrial partners.

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