Applied Photonics Award for Junior Scientist in Micro-Optics

September 25,2018

Award ceremony (left to right): Andreas Tünnermann (Director Fraunhofer IOF), Andreas Widl (Award winner category “Best Bachelor Thesis”) and Wolfgang Tiefensee (Thuringia’s State Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society). © Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has awarded highly qualified young scientists for their excellent final theses with the Applied Photonics Award. In the category “Best Bachelor Thesis” the winner is Andreas Widl from the University of Applied Sciences Munich. He was awarded for his work on the fabrication of an enlarged vortex using Nanoscribe’s two-photon polymerization system. The award ceremony took place on September 19 in Jena within the framework of the Photonics Days 2018.

Widl’s work focused on the optimization of phase masks for stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. Using Nanoscribe’s Photonic Professional GT he succeeded in producing ultra-smooth phase masks for vortex geometry. He optimized the printing parameters to produce high-quality optical surfaces within reduced printing time.

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