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Connecting the optics community in Jena.
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26. September 2024

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Dear Optics Community,
dear Optics-Valley Jena,

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming Optics Meet-up!
Please take a moment to make a note for the 26th of September 2024, in your calendar. Program details and registration will follow by mid of June.


The event will feature three fascinating talks (~15 minutes each) by three inspiring speakers from the field of Optics & Photonics, followed by networking at the bar. The event will start at 7:00 PM (entrance from 6:30 PM) and last until 10:00 PM.


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Impressions from our
6. Optics Meet-Up

Svenja Hübner
Moderator from our Co-Host Optonet e.V.
Full House at the 6th Optics Meet-Up
Thanks to all who joined us in Kombinat01 in Jena
Dr. Jan Werschnik
Host and CEO of PPE
Dr. Florian Kolb
Senior Key Expert from AMS OSRAM
Aleksei Garshin, PHD
Optical Engineer from PPE
Dmitrii Stefanidi
Scientific researcher from Frauenhofer IOF
The Hosts PPE and Optonet e.V.
Svenja Hüber from Optonet (left) and Thomas Strzeletz from PPE (right)
The Speakers of our 6. Optics Meet-Up
From left to right, Dr. Florian Kolb (AMS OSRAM), Dmitrii Stefanidi (Frauenhofer IOF) and Aleksei Garshin (PPE)

ReCent Speakers

Dr. Florian Kolb

Senior Key Expert

The next evolution in automotive headlamps is the introduction of high resolution LED matrix light sources. This new technology provides a new level of control over the light distribution in front of the vehicle. Safety is improved by driving with high-beam enabled, while other vehicles are selectively excluded to avoid unnecessary glare. In addition, new assistance functions are enabled, like road projection of guiding lines. The presentation will explain the various functions of a modern headlamp, as well as the technical solutions and optical challenges behind it. The new high resolution LED matrix light source EVIYOS from ams OSRAM is introduced as a key element of realizing an advanced automotive headlamp.

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Aleksei Garshin, PHD

Optical Design Engineer
Photonics Precision Engineering

Finding a better glass combination for a lens design remains challenging. In most cases, optical designers can rely on aberration theory, previous experience, and global optimization algorithms. The talk will highlight one more possible tool for glass substitution– sensitivity analysis. Using surface aberrations contributions, it can predict a better glass for color and monochromatic aberrations correction.

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Dmitrii Stefanidi

Scientific researcher at Department of Optical and Mechanical System
Fraunhofer IOF

Automotive lighting poses increasing optical challenges, particularly in achieving compact systems. Current headlamp design trends call for a "slit-like" module appearance with a system height < 20 mm, while still requiring high transmission and low-cost manufacturing. Absorption-free double-sided irregular microlens arrays offer a good solution for compact illumination, enabling flexible beam shaping for single or multiple LEDs. In this talk, he will give an insight into this approach and how it can be applied to various applications including headlights, automotive interior lighting and exterior signal projection.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timo Mappes

Deutsches Optisches Museum

In 2026 D.O.M. will open as a novel site to experience optics interactively. We will exhibit many historic objects to be used by the visitors. Each field is linked to the latest research and industrial use in optics and photonics. The iconic building will serve as a tourist attraction point for modern Thuringia. This talk will provide a first insight.

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Carolin Münzberg

Co-Founder & CFO
Photonics Precision Engineering GmbH

The idea of leaving your current job and starting your own business has crossed almost everyone's mind. But what do you do once you have decided to go into business for yourself? In this talk, Carolin Münzberg, co-founder of PPE GmbH, will take you through you the key steps in setting up your own business and share her personal experience.

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Dr. Torsten Feigl


25 years ago, Fraunhofer IOF started the very first project on EUV multilayer development. Torsten Feigl summarizes highlights of this exciting journey from the first still low reflecting multilayer coating made in 1998 to today’s 15 million € investment in optiX fab’s EUV optics fab.

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Dr. Pouya Rajaeipour

CTO & Co-Founder
Phaseform GmbH

Deformable Phase Plate (DPP) is the refractive counterpart of deformable mirrors capable of compensating high-order optical aberrations. Similar to a lens mounted in a conventional cage, DPP can be plugged-in to optical setups providing an easy-to-integrate Adaptive Optics solution.

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Dr. Daniel Werdehausen

Head of Visualization & HMI
Zeiss Group

Nanostructured optical materials have long been investigated for their potential to enable a new generation of imaging systems. However, despite decades of research in fields such as metamaterials, metalenses, and nanocomposites such materials have not yet been able to make the transition from research into commercial imaging products. In this talk, it will be discussed how nanocomposites can become suitable bulk optical materials for real-world imaging systems and it will be shown that nanocomposites enable the design of dispersion-engineering materials and could hence become one building block of next-generation imaging systems. Specifically, it will be discussed how such materials can enable “flat optics” that are suitable for broadband imaging systems.

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Dominik Schulz

Optical Engineer
Photonics Precision Engineering GmbH

Meta-structures are a novel class of optical devices that can manipulate light with unprecedented precision and control. However, the design and fabrication of meta-structures can be challenging, particularly for less parameter-sensitive lenses. This talk will provide a guide to the design of more robust meta-structures, including strategies in the optimization process for minimizing sensitivity to sources of error. Specific design considerations and techniques, as well as future directions for applicability in this rapidly evolving field will be discussed.

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Goran Baer & Jens Siepmann

Quadoa Optical Systems

An overview of the upcoming release of our next generation optical design software. We will present our core software principles and show how they improve on existing design approaches. Hands-on Workshop Quadoa Optical CAD: Let's explore the software together. We will demonstrate Quadoa's features and perform some exemplary design tasks. Feel free to provide your own optical design challenges and see how well Quadoa is suited.

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Kseniia Zavatskaia

Optical Engineer
Photonics Precision Engineering GmbH

In this presentation Kseniia will share practical recommendations on how to make your system more manufacturing-friendly and increase the odds of it performing properly. All the tips come from personal design and troubleshooting experience in close cooperation with manufacturing unit.

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Nils Fahrbach

Managing Director

Complexity is a free resource in 3D printing. We show different examples of how the geometrical design freedom can lead to micro-optical devices with superior optical performance while being manufacturable in a single process step.

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