»43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« – more than 130 infrared experts visited Freiburg

Infrarot-Detektoren bieten interessante Möglichkeiten für Meteorologie, Astronomie und die Erdbeobachtung. Prof. Hargrave von der Universität Cardiff präsentierte den Stand der Forschung und aktuelle Projektziele der Kooperation mit der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA.
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Infrared detectors offer exciting opportunities for meteorology, astronomy and Earth observation. Prof. Hargrave of Cardiff University presented the latest research and current project goals of a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Prof. Gardner vom Manchester Institute of Biotechnology präsentierte in seinem Vortrag Einsatzmöglichkeiten der Infrarot-Spektroskopie beim Screening von Biopsie-Proben bei Verdacht auf Prostata-Krebs.
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Prof. Gardner of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology addressed the potential for using infrared spectroscopy to screen biopsy samples when prostate cancer is suspected.

Dr. Rutz stellte die am Fraunhofer IAF entwickelten Detektoren für den kurzwelligen Infrarotbereich (SWIR) vor: Mit ihrem Einsatz in Nachtsichtgeräten verfolgen die Wissenschaftler das Ziel, innerhalb Deutschlands eine verlässliche Versorgungsquelle für hochwertige Nachtsichtgeräte aufzubauen.
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Dr. Rutz presented detectors for the shortwave infrared range (SWIR), which were developed at Fraunhofer IAF. By using these detectors in night vision devices, scientists are pursuing the goal of developing a reliable source of high-quality night vision devices within Germany.

Pioneering new developments in infrared technology were presented at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF from March 14–15, 2017 as part of the »43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium«. With a record number of more than 130 participants, a comprehensive presentation program and engaged discussions, the conference succeeded in bringing together international stakeholders from across various economic and industrial sectors to strengthen collaboration in the areas of infrared technology and drive forward the development of applications. Fraunhofer IAF offers its sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this exciting exchange of knowledge and experience, and extends an invitation to the 44th Infrared Colloquium on March 19 and 20, 2019 – save the date!

With more than 40 presentations, the program for the two-day workshop covered a broad range of topics. Renowned guest speakers from Europe, Israel, the US and Australia presented their latest research findings, new developments in the component manufacturing process and applications in various industrial sectors. Alongside traditional applications in areas such as safety, security and astronautics, the colloquium addressed other important application areas for infrared detectors and lasers. Infrared technology is used in everything from medical diagnostics, gas analysis and spectroscopy to materials processing and climate research.

The presentations made clear that each new research development expands the opportunities for use, with speakers consistently drawing connections between the latest innovations in laser and detector technologies and concrete improvements in potential applications. Prof. Mäntele of the Goethe University Frankfurt showed how recent advancements in laser technology have made it easier to determine blood sugar levels. Dr. Itzler of the American company Princeton Lightwave addressed the use of infrared technologies to improve quantum communications, demonstrating how the semiconductor indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) contributes to hack-proof communications. In his discussion of a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Prof. Hargrave from Cardiff University showcased how innovative detectors can allow us to look deeper into space, thereby opening up exciting new opportunities in meteorology, astronomy and Earth observation.

With these and other presentations from a diverse range of research and application areas, the »Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« offered a unique forum for discussion. The next »Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« will be held on March 19–20, 2019. Save the date!