12. - 14. November 2017

About 50 fiber technology experts from the USA over Sweden up to Australia came from 12-14. November 2017 to Jena to exchange their views on the future prospects and challenges of the laser industry to be part of the MIMAS workshop "Next generation fiber technology - perspectives and roadmap". The three-day workshop was a joint event of our institute IAP and the Fraunhofer-Institute IOF. Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, emphasized in his opening speech the importance of the photonics industry for the industrial location Jena and gave an outlook on the future of fiber laser technology. Both from an economic and a scientific point of view, this enormous potential, which should continue to be used in the future, bears. In particular, market segments such as communications technology and material processing would not be able to do without state-of-the-art fiber technology and high-performance laser systems.Representatives from industry and academia gave an overview of the current state of development. E.g., Prof. Georg Korn, Head of the Department of Experimental Programs and System Engineering by ELI-Beamlines, could be won as the keynote speaker for the topic "Fundamental research".
ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure) is an European collaborative research project on laser sources with unprecedented power densities and is therefore part of the German roadmap for research infrastructures, as well as the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). From an industrial point of view Dr. Berthold Schmidt - CEO and President of TRUMPF Photonics Inc., USA of the company TRUMPF GmbH & Co.AG - reported in his Keynote speech about Production and material processing challanges. He is responsible for production in the business division laser technology with regional responsibility for North America. TRUMPF is one of the world's leading companies for machine tools, lasers and electronics for industrial applications in almost every branch.
In the following working phase, the workshop participants commute their views on topics such as design, materials, manufacturing and industrial application of fiber lasers to generate new ideas for the implementation of such technologies. The results were finally recorded in a common, forward-looking roadmap for the next ten years. It has been presented to the public for the first time at the SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco at 30th January 2018 at the industry panel "Next Generation Fiber Technology: Perspective and Roadmap", and is now a so called living document.
Finally, all interested visitors were given a tour through the new Fiber Technology Center and through the labs of Prof. Limpert's group. Aspiration for the fiber laser researcher from Jena is, to be one of the most powerful towers in the world in future, which produces fibers for the next generation of high-power lasers, which will be used, among other things, for machine tools and in industrial production and could make therefore a significant contribution to the realization of the MIMASroadmap. Besides that, the workshop was characterized by very friendly terms -the participants appreciated the atmosphere in Jena, enjoyed the fruitful communication and regarded with curiosity our labs.

Keynote Dr. Schmidt
Keynote Speaker Dr. Berthold Schmidt, TRUMPF GmbH & Co.AG

Keynote Dr. Korn
Keynote Speaker Prof. Dr. Georg Korn, ELI Beamlines, Dolní Brezany
Working atmosphere in four workshops

Presentation of the workshop results
Labtout FTZ
Conclusive Labtour at the Fiber Technology Center with Dr.Thomas Schreiber (3rd from left)....

Labtour AG Limpert
... and in the labs of the research group of Prof. Jens Limpert (right side).
All of the Workshop participants.