Adolf Giesen had his head in the clouds when he came up with the idea for a disk laser in 1991. In this interview, he describes how the laser is reaching for the stars to rid the Earth’s orbit of space debris.
Taiwan’s economic miracle is also a laser miracle. Dr. Fanghei Tsau, General Director of the Laser & Additive Manufacturing Technology Center at the ITRI, and his team is at the forefront.
Dr. Peter Leibinger, Vice-Chairman of the Managing Board of the TRUMPF Group, on the meaning of digital photonics.
How lasers are making us virtually immortal
A Swiss start-up prints the most secure keys in the world: the Stealth Key. Alejandro Ojeda, cofounder of UrbanAlps, wonders why nobody else came up with the idea earlier.
Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur reflects on the discovery of black silicon and the art of serendipity.
At first, it is always science fiction. Until someone comes and gets down to business with the idea.
Aluminum, CFRPs and plastics are tomorrow’s most promising candidates for lightweight design. But what plans and visions do their makers have ? Read on to find out.
Doc Brown’s biggest letdown
Dr. Shuang Liu (28) earned her doctorate in the laser processing of materials. We asked her what drew her to light.
Professor Shuji Nakamura was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics and has devoted his entire research career to light. In this essay, he explains why inexpensive light is invaluable.
May 4th is Star Wars Day! Here you can arm yourself with some specialist knowledge: TRUMPF laser experts gave thoughts to lightsabers.
In 1978, William Lawson founded one of the first laser processing companies in America. In the following interview, he shares with us how he built up a customer base back when laser technology was still in its infancy.
Physicist Charles Hard Townes was a pioneer in the world of lasers. The scientist and Nobel Prize winner passed away last week at the age of 99.
Prof. Ulrich Wittrock, head of the Photonics Laboratory at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, seeks out the ultimate boundaries of laser technology
Helmut König worked at Audi AG in Ingolstadt for an incredible 50 years. Here the master of efficiency and lord of machines talks about the past and the future of automation.
Bold audacity — and the ability to see the forest in spite of the trees. Laser pioneer Paul Seiler recalls his experiences in the wild years of the 60s and 70s, when the laser era dawned.
Prof. Ferdi Schüth, jury chairman for the German Future Prize, is convinced that the push for resource efficiency will become industry’s new innovation driver.
Dr. Yongfeng Lu’s spiritual home is the international laser community. Here, he talks about everything except his presidency of the Laser Institute of America.
Klaus Löffler, current president of the Laser Institute of America (LIA), sees marked regional differences in laser safety and explains how the LIA is working to raise standards.
Dr. Bernhard Müller and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer on the near future of additive methods.
How does one become professor of quantum physics at the best university in Switzerland at the age of 33? For Ursula Keller it was grit, talent - and a bit of luck.
Dr. Dietrich Freiherr von Dobeneck explains his driving passion for electron beam welding and his determination to compete with lasers.
The next generation of ultra-short pulsed (USP) lasers will enjoy broad acceptance as a standard tool, says laser physicist Thomas Südmeyer.
As a pioneer in attophysics, Professor Ferenc Krausz observes electrons as they move through atoms. We asked him what motivates him.
After becoming an Emeritus Prof. Dr. Schuöcker founded a new research center in Austria. Here he tells us, what he is up to.
What is going on Down Under? Annaliese Kloe from Headland Machinery names the trends driving Australia's laser industry.
“That won’t work” is a phrase that has no place in scientific research, says Dr. Franz Trieb.
“Wherever production is high, there’s a similar need for lasers and laser systems. This increasingly applies to China, now and in the future,” says Günther Weinmann, General Manager Laser Technology at TRUMPF China.
Prof. Reinhart Poprawe calls himself a photon entangler. We asked him to explain what that means.
What advice does automotive laser expert Hongping Gu have? “Don’t be limited by machine capabilities. Lasers gives you freedom for new designs.”
Prof. Ernst Peter Fischer explains, why the break-through came when the new light shone on old technology.
How do you get a high-tech company off the ground? We asked someone who should know: Jörg Jetter, who took a strategic approach to launching his company 4JET Technologies and is always expanding into new markets.
Corporate planning is redundant - and damaging - asserts the long-term controller and now management consultant Niels Pfläging.
If you want to push the practical use of laser technology, you have to ‘soak’ young academics with experience in the first place — says professor Jyoti Mazumder.
Two Nobel Prize winners say: “Your idea is rubbish and it’s a waste of the faculty’s money.“ Prof. Charles Townes explains why one should take this as a good sign.
Laser diodes are tiny, robust and powerful — and can be had for increasingly affordable prices. The trend will continue, says Dr. Guido Bonati.