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Technical Modules

The Technical Modules provide a deep insight into topics which are closely related to your own research project. Handling of LabVIEW, e.g., is very important for scalable measuring or control applications.

Klick on the different module names to see more information as well as the next available dates. All dates are subject to change.




Micro- and Nanotechnology Laboratory


  • Theoretical and practical introduction to micro- and nanotechnology, overview of technology facilities at KIT.
    • Optical lithography for patterning
    • Theory of photo resists, photochemical reaction, mask aligners, optical mask technology
    • Thin film deposition
    • Thermal evaporation, electron gun evaporation, sputtering
    • Micro optics and related technologies
    • Atomic Force Microscopy
    • Introduction in the technique of direct laser writing for fabrication of photonic crystals
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy and Focused Ion Beam


Laser Materials Processing


  • Laser based manufacturing has developed into one of the largest industries in the field of optical technologies.
  • Although laser material processing is not a focus of research activities at KIT, we consider it an important field for future careers of our doctoral researchers.
  • In collaboration with SCoPE (Stuttgart Center of Photonics Engineering)
  • provides knowledge and understanding of the manifold applications of the laser, especially for welding, cutting, drilling, structuring, and surface treatment.


Advanced Lithography for Biophotonic & Optofluidic Applications


  • application of advanced lithographic patterning for applications in optofluidics and biophotonics
  • typical applications of micro optical and nano photonic systems
  • fabrication chain for high-end structures covering
  • electron beam machines and their similarities to scanning electron microscopes
  • parallel and serial lithography
  • working principles of lithography machines as well as their limitations are presented
  • extreme ultra violet (EUV) lithography
  • interrelations of the individual process steps, the micro fabrication of (hybrid) optofluidic and biophotonic systems

February 12-16, 2018



Advanced Light Microscopy in Biological Science


  • Preparation of biological samples, fluorescence microscopy, live cell imaging, laser scanning microscopy

End of June 2018



Digital Signal Processing


  • Introduction into the theory of discrete signals, estimation and signal processing. Practical exercises as well as computer lab training complement the lectures.
  • Content:
  • Discrete signals
  • Fourier Transform
  • Random signals
  • Bayesian classification
  • Support vector machines
  • Markov Models / Hidden Markov Models
  • Kalman filter

March 19-23, 2018



Computational Photonics


  • finding solutions to those equations that describe the properties of light and its interaction with matter in a numerical sense
  • computational methods are often essential to understand actual experiments
  • simplify the design of optical materials and functional devices prior to any fabricatio
  • theoretical lectures and hands-on training using different software package
  • methods that solve rigorously Maxwell’s equations
  • The methods and tools we discuss, therefore, can be applied to systems, where wave optical properties are important
  • combination of internal and external scientific and industrial experts that will offer theoretical lectures and hands-on training
  • gain a solid knowledge of the basics of computational photonics and competences to solve a large variety of different problems
  • the acquired knowledge will help in your everyday research
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OCT and Related Optical Technologies Applications in Medical Technology


  • short three day course
  • understand how basic optical principles are applied in the design of modern optical medical equipment
  • optical coherence tomographes, low coherence light interferometric biometers or Shack-Hartmann-wave front meters
  • industrial research and design of optical medical devices

July 2-4, 2018



Design, Fabrication and Characterization of Solar Cells


  • Research on most efficient and cost-effective solar cell possible
  • potential active materials
  • last advances of (nano)photonics, materials science and applied physics
  • insights into the field of photovoltaics by discussing design, fabrication and characterization aspects
  • lectures, lab tours or visits of two recognized PV research centers




  • The KSOP-module will cover the National Instruments LabVIEW-courses “Core 1".

May 7-9, 2018





  • design and simulation of optoelectronic devices in MATLAB
  • implementation of algorithms and methods
  • suited for experienced and unexperienced participants
  • basic introduction into MATLAB programming
  • various optoelectronic devices are designed and simulated such as tandem solar cells, photodetectors, Bragg mirrors, thin film filter, differential equations, laser, color space of black bodies and color management in OLEDs
  • create a GUI from one of the device simulations
  • Introduction with the basic physics behind it and some MATLAB related hints
  • 25% introductions and the demonstrations of sample implementations
  • 75% programming sessions in order to implement the MATLAB code for given tasks



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