Growth core+ continues successful research cooperation
Jena, September 2018: The last week of August saw the launch of the growth core+ Freeform Optics Plus (fo+). In close cooperation with regional companies and research institutes, asphericon is further expanding its commitment to the development of freeform optical systems in the spectrally broadband UV-VIS-IR range.
The three-year project continues the research cooperation fo+, which was successfully completed and awarded the science prize of the Stifterverband in May 2018. The project will again receive funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Innovative regional growth cores” programme. The total project volume amounts to just under 27 million Euros.
“In view of our extensive experience in successfully placing aspherical optical components on the market, we want to make freeform optics the future standard in optics. To this end, we are pooling our strengths and starting the next project phase with a powerful consortium with strong regional roots,” says Managing Director Sven R. Kiontke. New accuracy dimensions in the UV-VIS-IR area should open up access to broader user areas, for example in laser material processing, automation technology and quality assurance. At component and system level, the aim is to transfer freeform technology to series maturity.
About the growth core+
In the regional growth core+ nine companies and two research institutes of the Thuringian photonics industry work together in the development and marketing of innovative freeform optical systems. In the future, freeform optics will make it possible to produce complex optical systems that are considerably smaller, lighter and more functional. The project is funded over three years by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Innovative regional growth cores” programme.
A list of all partners involved can be found here: www.fo-plus.de/en/the-partners/