The research group »Smart Micro-Optics« (SMO) is working on the design and implementation of new and »smarter« components as alternatives to traditional silicon or silicon oxide based micro-optical components. Specifically the work of the group is dedicated to R & D of electro-active materials and their use in tunable micro-optical components.
The basic idea: Active elements made of intelligent, electro-active organic materials make dynamic manipulation of the components' characteristic parameters possible. The utilization of these new materials in combination with the silicon technology available at Fraunhofer IPMS is what makes the fabrication and ongoing development of innovative components for specific applications successful. Here the focus lies in the present research approaches for electro-active materials geared especially toward applications in integrated photonics and micro-optics.
The Smart Micro-Optics research group has competencies in R&D of electro-active organic materials, in simulation and modeling of optics and waveguide devices and in characterization of materials and optical devices. The fabrication of the innovative ‘smart’ organic materials based optical devices is carried out in the Fraunhofer IPMS cleanroom.