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Exzellenzcluster PhoenixD: Photonics, Optics, Engineering – Innovation Across Disciplines

Duration:01/2019 - 12/2025
Funded by:DFG

Bild Exzellenzcluster PhoenixD: Photonics, Optics, Engineering – Innovation Across Disciplines

Initial situation:

Over the last decade, production technology has evolved substantially, as characterized by the keywords ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Additive Manufacturing’. This allows for the manufacturing of individualized products at the same cost as mass production. At the same time, simulation techniques for optics and beyond have benefited from major progress in computational science and machine learning. It is now time to combine both of these and raise simulation and modern production technology to an optics precision level. PhoenixD is ready for a disruptive change in optical systems design and manufacturing. It is all about removing walls and bridging existing technological gaps to open a route towards a new era in optics and photonics.


PhoenixD relies on a combined effort of Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Chemistry. It concentrates cutting-edge optics, production technology, material, modeling, and simulation competences in one place.  PhoenixD involves teaching and knowledge transfer based on a networked university concept. The Cluster will be the nucleus for the establishment of an independent Faculty for Optics & Photonics at Leibniz Universität, and eight additional professorships will be permanently allocated to this new department, in a new dedicated building. The Cluster will thus evolve into an internationally unique center of competence for high-level academic research, excellent teaching and new spin-off companies, which will fertilize and broadly impact on industry, society, and academia.


PhoenixD will answer the following scientific question: How should future functional optical systems be designed and produced with optical precision, the required flexibility, resource and cost-efficiency, integration density, or high volume? The holistic concept of PhoenixD provides completely new individual solutions for a wide range of societal issues. The aim of the Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA) is therefore to develop a systematical approach for the design of an entire value chain.

Cooperation Partners (Industrial):

CadFEM GmbH München/Hannover

Carl Zeiss AG Jena/Oberkochen

Comsol Inc. Göttingen

Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA Lippstadt

Laseroptik GmbH Garbsen

LightTrans International UG Jena

Mahr GmbH Göttingen

Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH Regensburg

Continental AG Hannover

Trumpf Lasertechnik GmbH & Co. KG Ditzingen

Sartorius AG Göttingen

Viscom AG Hannover

Cooperation Partners (Institutions):

Aston University, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies Birmingham, UK

Australian National University, Non-Linear Physics Center Canberra, Australia

Boston University Photonics Center, College of Engineering Boston, USA

Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Physics Beijing, China

Ghent University, Photonics Research Group Ghent, Belgium

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Optics and Photonics Chennai, India

Laboratoire d'optique appliquee Palaiseau, France

Pohang University of Science and Technology,

Department of Chemical Engineering Pohang, South Korea

Politecnico Milano, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnology Milano, Italy

Polytechnic University, Institute of Mathematical Modeling and Intelligence Control St. Petersburg, Russia

Shenzhen University, Institute of Optoelectronics Shenzhen, China

University of California, Mechanical Engineering Berkeley, USA

University of New South Wales Canberra,

College of Engineering and Computer Science Canberra, Australia

University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science Tokyo, Japan

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