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Task Group | Advanced Light Sources and Optical Materials

Manufacture of optical components in the laboratory at the Laser Zentrum Hannover. Photo: LZH

In most of the research projects within QUEST, special laser sources and optical materials are needed. In some of the research groups, mainly within the research area “Enabling Technologies”, it is exactly these sources and materials which are being investigated, improved, developed, and tailored to overcome current limits and to explore new frontiers in QUEST research.

The Task Group “Advanced Light Sources and Optical Materials” has been established for mainly two different purposes. On the one hand in order to optimize the cross-linking between the laser and optical materials research groups. For this reason, a monthly laser seminar takes place at the Laser Zentrum Hannover in which the different groups present their latest results and discuss the challenges they face. This seminar provides an efficient, quick, and informal means for exchanging information between these research groups. On the other hand, it also serves as an interface to the other “laser-using” groups in QUEST, who are given an opportunity to benefit from the latest laser and optics developments in their own research.