Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)


The Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge at the University of Stuttgart pursues the goal of contributing to the progress of laser technology and its successful use in manufacturing applications with research and development work and teaching activities.

Group photo in front of the IFSW in March 2019 (c) Max Kovalenko
Group photo in front of the IFSW in March 2019

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.

The scientific activities at the IFSW reach from fundamental scientific investigations and developments up to demonstration projects for industrial applications. Our structure and the holistic approach help us to work efficiently on complex research and development projects. The IFSW is organised with the following divisions

A lively professional exchange between the groups promotes interdisciplinary cooperation and helps to ensure that the knowledge gained in one of the areas can be incorporated into the work of the others. Overall, this approach promotes the rapid translation of scientific principles into industrially usable techniques.

The application-oriented research and development work requires the availability of state-of-the-art laboratory and equipment equipment as well as a corresponding infrastructure. These are provided by the cross-sectional department "Technology and Administration", which also carries out the administrative management of the research projects, in particular the extensive third-party funded projects.



Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW)

Pfaffenwaldring 43, D-70569 Stuttgart

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