Project number: 10162951
Funding agency: State of Berlin
Term of project: 01.01.2017 – 31.05.2020
The project is the first to research industrial production of reflection zone plates (RZP) worldwide. The biggest scientific and technical challenge for the project is that the diffractive optical high-tech elements have to be individually designed in a complex process. The innovation in this project is the development of an inexpensive replication process in order to finally make this RZP available to the market for efficient use in optical analysis. The three participating institutions (Neutron Optics Berlin NOB GmbH, Institute for Applied Photonics e.V. IAP, micro resist technology GmbH MRT) are researching new technologies and possible applications for the production of RZP. In addition, adapted measuring technology processes must be researched and developed in order to control the quality in the RZP production and to characterize properties such as the surface roughness, the reflectivity and the structural fidelity of the RZP.
The REFLEX project aims at the development of all processes in order to achieve an integrated value chain in the commercial production of reflection zone plates for the market. To date, these diffractive optical elements, which are characterized by high flexibility, high light output and high time resolution, have only been produced by research institutes. These new components, which allow both energy dispersion and focusing, are primarily intended to supply the market for optical measuring devices for analysis (spectrometers, monochromators).
With the development of a practice-relevant, efficient replication process, micro resist technology GmbH shows the high technical level of replication technology in-house. It also opens up another new market for the company to use its innovative, optical materials, hybrid polymers.
“This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).”