Published: 26 October 2014, 16:51 | By: Christian Helgert
On October 24, 2014 more than 300 staff from the Institute of Applied Physics of the Friedrich-Schiller-Unviersität Jena, the Robert Bosch Gmbh and the TRUMPF Laser GmbH celebrated the reception of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2013 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
Already in 2013, Federal President Joachim Gauck had announced the jury's decision for the winner of this award, the Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation. The Deutscher Zukunftspreis was accordingly awarded on December 4, 2013 to the team of Dr. Jens König (Robert Bosch GmbH), Prof. Stefan Nolte (Institut of Applied Physics) and Dr. Dirk Sutter (TRUMPF Laser GmbH), with their project "Ultra-short pulse lasers for industrial mass production - manufacturing with light flashes".
Together, these scientists and their teams 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.
With this celebration, the three spokespersons acknowledged the long-term scientific and personal contributions of many people to this award. Furthermore, the innovation of ultra-short pulse lasers for mass production is now endowed in the museum by a permanent exhibit in the special section dedicated to all award-winning innovations of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis from the last 10 years.
Moreover, the three winners König, Nolte and Sutter announced that they will donate a considerable amount of the price money to the Deutsches Museum. This donation shall be used to build and upgrade a permanent experimental section on optics and photonics within the museum, thus stimulating particularly kids' and pupils' interest and fascination for this important scientific field.