Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

View of the Fraunhofer IST in Göttingen.
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View of the Fraunhofer IST in Göttingen.

The Application Center of the Fraunhofer IST at HAWK in Göttingen focusses on researching new, application-oriented fields in the area of plasma technologies under atmospheric pressure, photonics and the development of tailor-made plasma sources. Key topics are the environment, optics, hygiene, health, production and energy. 

What we offer in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts HAWK Göttingen

Our services range from feasibility studies for the treatment of various materials and surfaces using atmospheric pressure plasmas to the development and production of plasma components, power supplies and complete test set-ups.

  • Plasma particle technology
    • Particle layer synthesis: metal coating of thermolabile objects, plasma primers and catalytic films
    • Plasma polymerisation: bioactive and protective functional films
    • Activation/functionalization: (ultra-fine) cleaning, hydrophilization, hydrophobization
  • Surface modification of wood and wood-based materials
    • Joining technology: gluing, wood joints
    • Tempering processes: coating and impregnating
  • Laser-plasma hybrid technology
    • Micro-structuring: shaping, cutting, drilling and finishing
    • Surface modification: smoothing/polishing, activation and functionalization
    • Cleaning: decontamination and deactivation as well as layer removal without damaging the substrate
  • Plasma source development
    • Discharge concepts: dielectric impeded discharge (direct and indirect), rotationally symmetrical plasma sources (RSP) in jet and beam mode, direct energy-limited discharge (corona)
    • Device and plant construction: compact plasma systems and plasma-chemical/plasma-physical coating systems (fully automated)
  • Laser technology
    • Material processing: cutting, drilling, welding, microstructuring, engraving, finishing, cleaning and thermal surface modification
    • Characterization: laser intensity, spectral bandwidth, beam profile and quality
  • Plasma analysis and diagnostics
    • Surface analysis: determination of surface topography and texturing
    • Determination of surface energy and chemical composition, determination of optical material properties (reflection, transmission)

Our laboratory equipment at the Göttingen site

  • Spectroscopy: OES / EUV / UV / VIS / IR / LIBS
  • Microscopy: AFM / STM, REM / EDX, optical microscopy
  • XPS, PIV, LIF, fibre thermometry, mass spectrometry
  • High-speed recordings, film resistance measurement, electrical power determination
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscope XPS
  • Atomic force microscope AFM
  • Scanning tunnel microscope STM
  • Radiometer
  • Ozone monitor
  • Oscilloscope
  • Tensile tester
  • Mass spectroscope
  • Weathering system
  • Contact angle measuring system
  • Echelle spectrometer
  • Laser scanning microscope
  • Spectroscopy ellipsometer with integrated AFM


Site Göttingen

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Von-Ossietzky-Straße 100
37085 Göttingen

Phone +49 551 3705-219