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  • Fraunhofer »research news« / 2022

    Quantum imaging: Pushing the boundaries of optics

    Press release / January 03, 2022

    Methan infrared spectrum recorded by the world's first quantum spectrometer
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    Quantum mechanically entangled light particles break down the boundaries of conventional optics and allow a glimpse into previously invisible wavelength ranges, thus bringing about new possibilities for imaging techniques, microscopy and spectroscopy. Unearthing these possibilities and creating technological solutions was the goal of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project QUILT. Fraunhofer IPM contributed to the success of the project by a world first, the »Quantum FTIR«, which is the quantum optical equivalent to the classical Fourier transform spectrometer.

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  • Fraunhofer "eHarsh" lighthouse project / 2021

    Performing under pressure: sensor systems for extremely harsh environments

    Press release / December 01, 2021

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    At the moment, industry is lacking in robust sensors that can withstand extremely high temperatures and pressures. Eight Fraunhofer Institutes have now developed a technology platform for building this type of sensor systems as part of the “eHarsh” lighthouse project. These are even capable of monitoring the insides of turbines and deep boreholes for geothermal systems.

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  • Magnetocaloric cooling system with high power density
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    With an innovative concept for heat transfer, researchers at Fraunhofer IPM together with industrial partners have been able to significantly increase the efficiency of magnetocaloric cooling systems. As part of a follow-up project, the team plans to apply this new technology to a refrigerator for medical products and further develop the technology to work towards marketability.

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  • MEDICA 2021: Point-of-care diagnostics / 2021

    New methods for detecting single molecules

    Press release / November 02, 2021

    Diagnostiksystem zum Nachweis multiresistenter Keime
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    Resistance to antibiotics is on the rise worldwide. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM alongside the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have developed a process for rapidly detecting multidrug-resistant pathogens. The unique feature: Even one single molecule of DNA is sufficient for pathogen detection. In future, the platform could be introduced as part of point-of-care diagnostics on hospital wards or in medical practices as an alternative to the established PCR analyses or in combination with other diagnostic methods. The system will be presented at MEDICA 2021.

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  • AKS-Bipolar research project is launched / 2021

    Quality assurance in fuel cell production

    Press release / October 13, 2021

    Bipolar-Platten sind zentrale Komponenten in Brennstoffzellen.
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    Bipolar plates are an essential component of fuel cells and are conventionally made of graphite. When it comes to efficiency and cost-effectiveness, metallic bipolar plates are far superior. However, the material forming process often engenders problems which impact quality. In the AKS-Bipolar research project, Fraunhofer IPM together with the University of Stuttgart and the industrial partners ThyssenKrupp and Chemische Werke Kluthe sets out to develop a digital-holographic sensor for comprehensive, in-line quality control of metallic bipolar plates.

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  • Alternative cooling technology / 2021

    A question of endurance: Fraunhofer IPM develops an elastocaloric cooling system with long-term stability

    Press release / October 11, 2021

    Langzeitstabiles elastokalorisches Kühlsystem
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    Caloric cooling systems have the potential to become the environmentally-friendly alternative to the widely used compressor-based cooling systems. The greatest challenge elastocaloric systems are facing is ensuring the long-term stability of the elastocaloric material while maintaining a high power density. A system presented by Fraunhofer IPM in the journal Communications Physics outperforms previous systems by several orders of magnitude when it comes to long-term stability – at the same time as achieving a high specific cooling power.

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  • Absorption spectrometer Ratiospect 2.0 / 2021

    The search for plants’ sundial

    Press release / September 21, 2021

    Absorption spectrometer Ratiospect 2.0
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    How do plants perceive light? A team of researchers at the Uniiversity of Freiburg are getting to the bottom of this question. Their most important tool for doing so is the measuring system Ratiospect 2.0 developed by Fraunhofer IPM – a highly accurate, specially adapted optical absorption spectrometer.

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  • AI Champions Baden-Württemberg / 2021

    Fraunhofer IPM awarded for development of AI tool that creates smart planning maps

    Press release / July 26, 2021

    Digital processes facilitate much more rapid and efficient planning and construction of urban infrastructure. Fraunhofer IPM has developed a tool which automatically interprets 3D environmental data using artificial intelligence methods to generate smart planning maps. Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, has crowned the team of researchers “AI Champions Baden-Württemberg” for their innovative development.

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  • Survey article in "Light: Advanced Manufacturing" 2, Article number: 15 (2021) / 2021

    Digital holography in production

    Press release / July 05, 2021

    3D Digital holography for manufacturing processes
    © Tobias Beckmann/Fraunhofer IPM

    In the journal “Light: Advanced Manufacturing”, researchers at Fraunhofer IPM in Freiburg provide a current overview on the range of industrial applications of digital holography with multiple wavelengths. Digital holographic measurement systems differ from other optical sensors by virtue of their high measurement accuracy combined with short measurement times.

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  • GUmProDig research project gets underway / 2021

    Digitalizing processes for more energy-efficient production

    Press release / June 30, 2021

    Substantial CO₂ savings are still there to be made in industrial production. As part of the GUmProDig research project, Fraunhofer IPM and its partners are developing a quality control and component tracing system for formed light metal parts, which is intended to enhance energy-efficient production. The aim of the system is not only to reduce rejects and recalls, but also to allow comparatively low-energy forming technology to be used in fields where power-hungry machining has been the norm to date.

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