Research and academic collaboration between the Townes Laser Institute, UCF and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, RWTH Aachen University (Germany) has been established in August 2009. Under this collaboration agreement a joint research program in the fields of laser development, material processing, novel system technology, and life sciences is being created, including the exchange of scientist and students.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) located in Aachen, Germany is the leading industrial laser and laser applications facility in Europe. For more than 20 years, ILT has stood for concentrated expertise in the field of laser technology. The innovative solution to manufacturing and production problems, the development of new technical components, competent consultancy and training, highly specialized personnel, the latest technology as well as an international reputation: all these factors make for long-term partnerships.
Fraunhofer ILTís interdisciplinary research activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, the use of modern laser measurement and testing technology and laser-supported manufacturing. This includes for example laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro-processing and rapid-prototyping. Furthermore, ILTís research involves laser plant technology and versatile system technology including process control. Besides solving questions of laser technology, the institute develops high-energy sources for soft X-rays for use in semiconductor production and in X-ray microscopy.
The close contact to the Department of Laser Technology at the RWTH Aachen University ensures that a continuous access to a wide knowledge base in the field of laser technology is ensured. RWTH Aachen University has achieved international recognition in several fields of engineering and science, currently ranked the first place in Germany in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. Several scientists affiliated with RWTH Aachen have won world-wide acclamations, including Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.