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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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86 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microelectronics and Microsystems Technology The Institute for Materials, Development and Production at TH Wildau is home to the Microsystems Technology research group, headed by Prof. A. Foitzik. The group has extensive expertise in the field of plastics technology (CAD, CAM, simulation, as well as material and assembly). In its current research projects, IDM is cooperating with such companies as Allresist Gesellschaft für chemische Produkte und Mikrostrukturierung mbH. Founded in the years after the Wall came down, Allresist is now one of the world’s best-known companies in the field of resists development for optical and electron beam lithography. For selected questions and resists, which are applied in innovative technologies of microelectronics, IDM is realising chemical syntheses for material and process development. Allresist then uses these to develop and produce special resists for optical and electron beam lithography as well as the associated process chemicals for the manufacture of electronic components. Ball bond contact on a high-strength aluminium scandium (AlSc) chip metallisation © U. Geißler/TH Wildau HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences even offers a degree programme in microsystems technology. A bachelor’s degree can be earned in six semesters and a master’s takes additional four semesters. In addition to a solid education in the core engineering skills, the programme also teaches modern simulation and CAD techniques, computer science, electronics, sensor technology, and microtechnology. A hotspot for the miniaturisation and integration of electronics is the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. Here, too, companies and scientific institutions are supported in developing, establishing, and integrating robust and reliable electronics in applications. Fraunhofer IZM focuses on substrate and wafer level integration as well as the design and reliability of electronic microsystems. For example, work is being done on a universally applicable sensor platform with which sophisticated sensor technology can be made available more cost-effective in the future. Fraunhofer IZM emerged in 1993 from the research focus in microperipheric technologies at TU Berlin. Today, the Fraunhofer Institute and TU Berlin jointly operate the Berlin Center of Advanced Packaging (BeCAP), which is active in every aspect of miniaturisation and system integration. The Institut für Dünnschichttechnologie und Mikrosensorik e. V. (IDM) is a non-profit research institute active in the field of materials science. One focus area is the development of materials for optical technologies. Its work includes the chemical synthesis of optical and sensory functional materials, the development of structuring, processing, and replication technologies, as well as the development of optical and sensory functional elements. The “Start-A-Factory” laboratory complex was opened at Fraunhofer IZM in 2017. Together with start-ups, the researchers at IZM investigate which problems repeatedly occur in product development processes and develop tailormade solutions. In the end, the start-up garage of tomorrow will be built: with high-tech equipment tailored to the needs of young companies. start-a-factory.html

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Microelectronics and Microsystems Technology 87 mechanical loads during rocket launch. FBH developed an ultra-precise microintegration assembly for this purpose. It offers positioning tolerances below 100 nm. Microcamera with embedded passive and active components. The high integration density allows the contents of the image to be evaluated within the camera module. © Fraunhofer IZM/Volker Mai The PhoxLab is also located at Fraunhofer IZM. It is a manufacturer-independent platform for testing photonic components and architectures at different levels of modern data processing: from chip level and rack-to-rack solutions to long-distance connections for the Internet of the future. PhoxLab emerged from the European funding project PhoxTroT. The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH) offers microsystems for custom applications from medicine to space technology. For example, a flexible ophthalmology technology platform was developed at FBH. At its core, infrared laser light is efficiently converted to the yellow frequency range: the source delivers more than 2 W at 561 nm. The FBH also uses the same principle with different wavelengths for sensor and analytical applications. Compact measuring systems are created that deliver results quickly and reliably in situ. FBH’s laser systems for use in outer space also offer the highest integration densities on the smallest possible surface area. They work reliably even under adverse conditions such as space radiation, large thermal differences, or Precision assembly of a fibre-coupled diode laser module for space applications at FBH © FBH/ In addition, research is being conducted into new, compact diode laser sources that deliver high-precision pulses in the pico- and nanosecond range with high beam quality. Among other things, they use optimised HF microwave electronic components as controls. The flexibly adaptable sources are indispensable components in such applications as LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging), the laser-based radar required for autonomous cars and robots. Arquimea Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Arquimea, is also working on space applications. In Frankfurt (Oder), it is developing radiation-hard circuits for space technology. The high-quality chips are then produced in smaller quantities at IHP. An important aspect in the cooperation between science and industry is the spin-off of innovative companies from research institutes. One example is GOLARES GmbH. GOLARES was founded out of the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ) in Berlin-Adlershof. The core idea of

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