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  • Brüning Wins Innovation Award for Laser Technology
Jun 2012
AACHEN, Germany, June 8, 2012 — A team led by Dr. Stephan Brüning of Schepers GmbH & Co. KG has won the €10,000 Innovation Award Laser Technology 2012 prize for the development of a 3-D microstructuring tool that uses high-power ultrashort-pulse lasers for embossing and printing applications.

The prize was initiated by Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik eV and the European Laser Institute ELI and was presented at the International Laser Technology Congress ALK’12 in Aachen.

Rainer Pätzel, director of marketing at Coherent GmbH, and his colleagues received second place in the 2012 competition for their work on excimer lasers for active-matrix LCD- and active-matrix OLED-based flat panel displays.

The third place team led by Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher from Precitek Optronik received the award for a 3-D capable coaxial laser brazing head with integrated seam tracking.

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research prize awarded at two-year intervals and can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group, whose skills and dedicated work have led to an innovation in the field of laser technology. The projects must center on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light and, ultimately, must be of demonstrable commercial value to the industry.

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excimer laser
A rare-gas halide or rare-gas metal vapor laser emitting in the ultraviolet (126 to 558 nm) that operates on electronic transitions of molecules, up to that point diatomic, whose ground state is essentially repulsive. Excitation may be by E-beam or electric discharge. Lasing gases include ArCl, ArF, KrCl, KrF, XeCl and XeF.
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