Effective November 2019, renowned laser physicist Dr. Constantin Häfner will be taking on the Directorship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen. He is currently Program Director for Advanced Photon Technologies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, where he has led the development of the world’s most powerful laser systems.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is one of the world’s leading centers for contract research in laser development and applications, with more than 540 employees and facilities covering a floor space of more than 19,500 m². The institute specializes in the development of advanced laser beam sources and their applications in manufacturing, medicine and environmental science, and the development of laser test and measurement systems.
Lasers and other optical devices are ubiquitous in today’s world. Fraunhofer ILT has developed many of the key technologies in use in industry today, and by sharing its know-how, has enabled many of its customers to become market leaders. Award-winning technology from Aachen can be found in factories that build lightweight cars, on board environmental satellites, and in hospitals, where it allows rapid analysis of cancer cells.
With its research into digital photonic production, new light and laser sources, quantum technology and electric mobility, Fraunhofer ILT will continue to set new standards in the development of innovative solutions for industry and research.