Published: 4 December 2013, 13:43 | By: Christian Helgert
Federal President Joachim Gauck has announced the jury's decision for the winner of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation, which is endowed with EUR 250,000 in prize money. It was be awarded on December 4, 2013 to the team of Dr. rer. nat. Jens König (Spokesperson - Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen), Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Nolte (Institut of Applied Physics & Fraunhofer IOF) and Dr. sc. nat. Dirk Sutter (TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG, Schramberg), with their project "Ultra-short pulse lasers for industrial mass production - manufacturing with light flashes".
Together, they developed tools based on lasers that emit light in the form of high-energy laser pulses no more than a billionth of a second in duration. They allow extremely precise and reliable machining of material using lasers. The technology is already being used to manufacture many different high-tech products.