Fraunhofer meetings in May bring focus on lasers and CMOS imaging

March 26, 2014
AKL'14, organized by Fraunhofer ILT, and the Workshop on CMOS Imaging: From photon to camera, organized by Fraunhofer IMS, will bring international focus on their respective fields of photonics this May.
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AKL'14, organized by Fraunhofer ILT (Aachen, Germany), and the Workshop on CMOS Imaging: From photon to camera, organized by Fraunhofer IMS (Duisburg, Germany), will bring international focus on their respective fields of photonics this May.

For the 10th time, laser experts from research and industry will present the newest processes, beam sources, latest developments, and trends in laser technology at AKL'14 (May 7-9). The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT expects more than 600 participants.

A few of the most interesting topics:

Individualized series production--Linking the virtual world with that of laser production is opening new horizons for production technology, enabling individualized or particularly complex components to be manufactured under inexpensive conditions. Digital photonic production can pave the way for new business models.

Ultrashort pulse lasers--Three sessions will focus on ultrafast lasers, which are increasingly making their way into the industrial environment.

Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014--The ArbeitskreisLasertechnike.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI will award the Innovation Award Laser Technology for excellent innovations in the development and application of lasers in production technology. The award is endowed with 10,000 Euros.

For more information on AKL'14, visit:

The 7th Workshop for CMOS Imaging (May 20-21) is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems to discuss the latest trends in CMOS technology for imaging, and included topics such as the pinned photodiode, the limitations of mobile sensors, SWIR InGaAs FPAs for passive and active day and night vision, hyperspectral imagers, and single-photon counting. Computational imaging for industry and high-resolution Earth observation cameras will also be discussed.

For more information, visit the Fraunhofer IMS website:

About the Author

Conard Holton | Editor at Large

Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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