Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)

Founded: 1986

The IFSW shapes the global progress of laser technology in manufacturing through research and teaching.

Laser technology is universally applicable in manufacturing.

From laser sources to applications and back

The Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW) of the University of Stuttgart, founded in 1986, is reputed as one of the leading laser research centres worldwide. Its strength is based on a holistic research approach covering every aspect from laser sources to their applications and ranging from fundamental investigations to industrial technology transfer.

The main activities at the IFSW are currently concerned with selected topics in the fields of laser beam sources (especially the thin-disk laser), optical elements and components for beam delivery and beam shaping as well as fundamental investigations on the light-matter interaction with the subsequent process development of macro and micro applications for industrial manufacturing.


This image shows Thomas Graf

Thomas Graf

Prof. Dr. phil. nat.


This image shows Andreas Michalowski

Andreas Michalowski

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Deputy Director

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