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From the Kiel Canal to the Milky Way: Examples of our work.

Our optical components are used all over the world wherever the highest technical precision is required: from the world of analytics, via security and medical technology to air- and space travel. Looking to the future is crucial – not just in the exploration of space but in the constant evolution of our technical capabilities. The businesses and research facilities we work with constantly set us new challenges, which we are always eager to accept. Now and in the Future.

ProjectApplication / PartnerComponentsPeriod
HADES Hades-Rich-Detector /  CERN CaF2 windows 1995 - 1999
MARS EXPRESS Searching atmosphere CaF2 beamsplitter,
Start: 2003
LUCIFER Spectrometer for "Large Binocular Telescope" (Mount
Graham, Arizona)
BaF2, CaF2, YAG, and Infrasil lenses 2002
SPIFFI Camera for "Very Large Telescope" (Monte Paranal, Chile) / ESO CaF2, Fused Silica, S-TIM28 2003
VENUS EXPRESS Searching atmosphere  CsI beamsplitter 2003–2004
Start: 2005

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Crystal Ball Detector / CERN, FZ Karlsruhe BaF2 Scintillator 2004
GROND ESO Observatorium (Chile)/ MPE Garching several materials 2004–2005
BEPICOLOMBO Exploration of Mercury/ ESA KRS-5 filter substrates 2006
Start: 2012
SOLACES UV-Spectrophotometer f. laboratory Columbus -  ISS / Fraunhofer Freiburg MgF2 windows Start: 2007
MARS ROVER Exploration of Mars / University of Kiel CsJ:Tl Detector 2007
Start: 2009
SPHERE Polarimeter for searching exoplanets / Astron Lenses are optical components with two refractive faces, of which at least one is convex or concave. The most important property of a lens or array of lenses is its imaging properties. The most crucial aspect of a lens is its focal length, i.e. the measure of how strongly the system converges (focuses) or diverges (defocuses) light. The simplest lenses are spherical lenses: their two surfaces are parts of the surfaces of spheres, with the lens axis ideally perpendicular to both surfaces. Each of the surfaces can be convex (bulging outwards from the lens) or concave (depressed into the lens). As such, the surfaces can be assigned radii of curvature. A distinction is made between converging lenses (two convex faces or one convex and one planar face; ideally, a beam of light running parallel to the optical axis is collected in one point, the focus) or diverging lenses (two concave faces or one concave and one planar face; a beam of light after passing through the lens appears to be emanating from a particular point on the axis in front of the lens., Mirrors, windows from CaF2, Fused Silica, Infrasil, S-NSL36 2009 - 2010
GLORIA Exploration of Atmosphere/ KIT KCl beamdisplacer and Compensator (dia 104 mm) 2011 - 2016
AOST Exploration of Marsmond Phobos/ DLR; Space Res.Inst. KBr components 2012
IASI-NG Exploration of Atmosphere/ REOSC KBr prisms and plates (Phase I-III) 2014 - 2017