Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

The Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of Fraunhofer IST 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

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 coating with particles
    • 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
  • Biosciences/plasma medicine
    • Dermatology: identification of risk potential (physical, chemical) and impact potential as well as process characterization and evaluation
    • „„Hygiene: deactivation of ectoparasites and microbiological decontamination
    • Cell culturing: cell biology and protein-chemical fundamental research as well as studies of poration/transfection using plasma
  • 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)
    • High-voltage generators: analogue electrical engineering (transformers, matching networks) and electronics (power electronics, software development)
    • Device and plant construction: battery-operated hand-held units, compact plasma systems and plasma-chemical/plasma-physical coating systems (fully automated)
  • Sensor systems
    • Plasma-assisted sensors: leakage tests and plasma-assisted ionisation spectroscopy
    • Acoustic and optical sensors: interferometry, ultrasound and megahertz sensors (THz)
  • 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)
    • Plasma diagnostics: identification and measurement of relevant particle densities, particle generation and particle temperatures (gas, ion, electron and vibration temperature)

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
  • Laser-induced fluorescence LIF
  • Oscilloscope
  • Tensile tester
  • Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor 
  • Mass spectroscope
  • Weathering system
  • Contact angle measuring system
  • Echelle spectrometer
  • Laser scanning microscope
  • Spectroscopy ellipsometer with integrated AFM