Pioneering new developments in infrared technology were presented at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF from March 14–15, 2017 as part of the »43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium«. With a record number of more than 130 participants, a comprehensive presentation program and engaged discussions, the conference succeeded in bringing together international stakeholders from across various economic and industrial sectors to strengthen collaboration in the areas of infrared technology and drive forward the development of applications. Fraunhofer IAF offers its sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this exciting exchange of knowledge and experience, and extends an invitation to the 44th Infrared Colloquium on March 19 and 20, 2019 – save the date!
With more than 40 presentations, the program for the two-day workshop covered a broad range of topics. Renowned guest speakers from Europe, Israel, the US and Australia presented their latest research findings, new developments in the component manufacturing process and applications in various industrial sectors. Alongside traditional applications in areas such as safety, security and astronautics, the colloquium addressed other important application areas for infrared detectors and lasers. Infrared technology is used in everything from medical diagnostics, gas analysis and spectroscopy to materials processing and climate research.
The presentations made clear that each new research development expands the opportunities for use, with speakers consistently drawing connections between the latest innovations in laser and detector technologies and concrete improvements in potential applications. Prof. Mäntele of the Goethe University Frankfurt showed how recent advancements in laser technology have made it easier to determine blood sugar levels. Dr. Itzler of the American company Princeton Lightwave addressed the use of infrared technologies to improve quantum communications, demonstrating how the semiconductor indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) contributes to hack-proof communications. In his discussion of a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Prof. Hargrave from Cardiff University showcased how innovative detectors can allow us to look deeper into space, thereby opening up exciting new opportunities in meteorology, astronomy and Earth observation.
With these and other presentations from a diverse range of research and application areas, the »Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« offered a unique forum for discussion. The next »Freiburg Infrared Colloquium« will be held on March 19–20, 2019. Save the date!