As part of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) acts as an interdisciplinary hub for research on photonics and optical technologies in Erlangen. SAOT provides an Education Program of Excellence for national and international doctoral candidates, including Workshops, Seminars, and Academies. Furthermore, SAOT increases the Scientific Outreach to the general public and coordinates Joint Applications on research funding in the fields of photonics and optical technologies.

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On May 24, 2023, SAOT members and MAOT students visited the ASML headquarter Veldhoven and gained insights into the company, which is the world's largest supplier of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry.

Last year, Sebastian-Paul Kopp introduced a new technique for powder deposition in laser-based additive manufacturing of polymer structures. He transferred charged polymer particles to the build platform using a locally charged photoconductive plate. This enables high powder efficiency and the print...

Last year, Markus Labus and Peter Lang published on their new setup for optical temperature measurements in flames and aerosols. They continued their efforts and now were able to demonstrate calibration-free imaging of temperature fields in flames containing indium particles. The fluorescent ligh...

Last year, Lisa Ackermann already published on beam shaping of high-energy lasers for materials processing by using spatial light modulators (SLMs). As she pointed out, a drawback is the presence of speckle noise, which overlays the shaped intensity structure and drastically reduces the beam quality...

Snow, science, and soft skills: At the SAOT Winter Academy, our doctoral candidates learned about the basics of optics and data management. In addition, there was time to explore the wintry foothills of the Alps and Neuschwanstein Castle.