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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the largest research and education institutions in Germany, resulting from a merger of the university (Universität Karlsruhe (TH)) and the research center (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) of the city of Karlsruhe. KIT has over 9000 employees and over 22000 students with an annual budget of over 700 million € and is operating along three strategic fields of action - research, teaching, and innovation. Within KIT, the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) pools the research of materials processing technology to materials characterization and from testing to materials theory.
Expertise in Laser Manufacturing
An appropriate choice of laser and process parameters is used to control the interaction between laser radiation and material on μm- and nm-scale. The types of material processing which can be carried out are micro- and nanostructuring, microdrilling, cutting, microwelding, laser transmission welding, and surface modification, respectively. The actual smallest structure size which can be achieved, each according to the process and material, lies in the range of 100 - 400 nm using laser radiation with tunable pulse lengths from the femto-second up to the nano-second regime. Ultraviolet laser radiation and short pulse laser radiation have a particularly high potential for precision micro- and nano-ablation, due to its selective material removal with very low thermal load. Aspect ratios up to a maximum of 50 can be realized.