As a materials research institute, Fraunhofer ISC opens up the potential of innovative materials for tomorrow’s products, focusing in particular on efficient and safe energy use, sustainable utilization of resources, and affordable, personalized health care.
Apart from developing new and enhanced materials, we are also developing the entire technologies, and the design of manufacturing processes tailored to specific production environments.
Fraunhofer ISC develops and licences superior optical materials based on inorganic-organic hybrid materials (ORMOCER®s) and the corresponding process techniques. Materials and technologies are adaptable for various applications and can be used on wafers, on foils in roll-to-roll process schemes, on optical printed circuit boards (PCBs) or on individual optical components.
The optical materials are characterized by low absorption losses, widely adjustable refractive indices and the process capability for different technologies and combinations.
Microoptical outcoupling layer
Arrangement of 10.000 microprisms forming the logo of Fraunhofer ISC. Bottom left: Part of the symbol on the left side of the emblem, magnified 10x. Bottom middle: The same area at 50x magnification, with individual prisms visible. Bottom right: A false-color image indicating the height of a single prism.
Geometry of each prism: size = 60 µm; height = 25 µm.
3D printed optics
3D printed freeform optics: Printed test pattern with a maximum height of 3.6 mm and 25 mm in diameter. The object was made from an inorganic-organic hybrid polymer (Ormocer) with outstanding optical quality and high mechanical stability.
Multi-level diffractive optical element
Multi-level diffractive optical element fabricated by two-photon polymerization.
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