Latest News

Here we will inform you about the latest research topics, upcoming events and other news of the department.


Press Release / 21.4.2021

Thickness Measurement at Top Speed

Together with TOPTICA Photonics, a manufacturer of lasers for research and semiconductor manufacturing, Fraunhofer ITWM has developed an industrial solution for inline coating-thickness measurement for ultra-high speed applications. This system enables 1600 thickness measurements per second for the first time and is thus suitable for use on fast-moving samples during ongoing production.


Press Release / 6.4.2021

Quantum-Inspired Terahertz Spectroscopy With Visible Photons

The researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM are working on the detection of terahertz waves based on new quantum optical methods. A year ago, the renowned journal »Science Advances« reported on first successes. Now the next milestone has been reached.

Prizes and Awards

Prize for Nina Schreiner

Our colleague Nina Schreiner has received the Poster Pitch Prize for the EuMC-32 session at the virtual European Microwave Week 2020. She was successful with her presentation on "Optimization algorithms for accurate FMCW thickness measurements".

Prizes and Awards

Best Paper Award

Our colleague Maris Bauer has received the THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award für das Jahr 2021 gewonnen.  

This recognized his IEEE publication "A High-Sensitivity AlGaN/GaN HEMT Terahertz Detector With Integrated Broadband Bow-Tie Antenna" as "most significant contribution by a published paper in the year 2019 to the field of interest of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society”.

Upcoming Events

Due to the developments regarding the spread of the corona virus in Germany, our events and also the visits to the events of the next weeks and months are canceled or postponed. We will inform you here as soon as the situation has changed and events are taking place again. Events with participation of our department which have been postponed or canceled can be found in the following overview.


Workshop / 08.03. – 09.03.2022

10th International Workshop on Terahertz Technology and Applications

In 2022, our Terahertz Workshop will again offer everyone the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of terahertz technology. Next year it will take place for the 10th time. Abstracts can be submitted in the Call for Papers until November 30, 2021.  

Technologietage / 27. - 28.10.2021

Technologietage des Fraunhofer Vision für die industrielle Qualitätssicherung

[only available in German]

Der Fraunhofer-Technologietag bietet einen Überblick über das Spektrum praxisrelevanter Technologien der Bildverarbeitung und optischen Messtechnik und reflektiert den aktuellen Stand der Technik.

Wir sind mit Expert:innen der Abteilungen »Bildverarbeitung« und »Materialcharakterisierung und -prüfung« vor Ort und werden mit zwei Vorträgen und zwei Exponaten zum Programm beitragen.


Virtual Meeting / 20.– 24.9.2021

DPG-Tagung of the Atomic, Molecular, Plasma Physics and Quantum Optics Section (SAMOP)

The meeting, organised with the support of the Technical University Kaiserslautern, is jointly run by the SAMOP divisions Atomic Physics (A), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Molecular Physics (MO), Quantumoptics and Photonics (Q) and the newly founded division Quantum Information (QI), as well as the working group »Young DPG« (AKjDPG).

Some of our experts from the department »Material Characterization and Testing« will be digitally present and contribute with posters to the program.

Events canceled and postponed


Events with catch-up date in 2022

  • 20th WCNDT, Seoul Korea
     February 28 - March 4, 2022 in Incheon, Korea
  • JEC World, Paris
    will take place from March 8-10, 2022 in Paris
  • Paint Expo, Karlsruhe
    April 26 -29, 2022 in Karlsruhe
  • InnoTrans 2020, Berlin
    September 20 - 23, 2022