International Workshop for Young Scientists

At the end of January, ZEISS held an optics workshop with PhD students involved in the European ADOPSYS project.

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At the end of January 2016, ZEISS held an international workshop on new methods in optical design, lighting, measurement and image simulation and in diffractive optics in Oberkochen. Taking part in the workshop were young scientists working on the EU project ADOPSYS. The PhD students from Delft University of Technology, the Technical University of Madrid, the Institut d´Optique in Paris and the University of Eastern Finland presented what they are currently working on to more than 50 interested parties from different ZEISS areas and locations. The talks were also transmitted to Jena via Lync. One of the students – Marco Mout from Delft University – is currently developing a new method to simulate cascaded diffraction for Carl Zeiss AG. This will allow special optical systems to be calculated more easily and more precisely.

“The knowledge that has been gained as part of the project should be applied to work at the company as soon as possible,” says Wilhelm Ulrich from ZEISS Corporate Research and Technology (CRT) explaining the aim of the event. At the same time, the students had the opportunity to get to know ZEISS as a potential employer. Thanks to their tour through the Camera Lenses business unit, the ZEISS Museum of Optics and a talk by Dr. Michael Totzeck, Head of Industrial & Consumer Innovations at CRT, the students were able to witness the innovative strength of ZEISS first-hand.


The ADOPSYS project

The project was launched in September 2013 with a kick-off meeting at ZEISS and an official announcement of the topics for the students. The name ADOPSYS is derived from the term advanced optical system design. Twelve partners from universities and industry came together for the project to train a total of twelve PhD students in current, high-tech areas of optical design, modeling and simulation. “The research topics are designed in such a way that both advanced theoretical and modern research relevant to industry are featured,” says Project Manager Dr. Bernd Kleemann from CRT.

Representatives from the EU praised the project’s highly industrial character in particular; it is being implemented using scientific talks, workshops, user manuals and secondments, which see the PhD students spending a certain amount of time at the companies involved in the project. The three PhD students from Madrid, Delft and Paris will each spend three months at ZEISS, researching in an industrial environment and sharing their results with the company. Ulrich is thrilled: “Thanks to these events and to the project as a whole, we are forging excellent networks with university partners important for ZEISS and ensuring their PhD students have a top-notch experience.”

Talks by the PhD students:
Milena Nikolic: Optical design with the SMS method – application in foveated imaging
Priya Dwivedi: Phase Retrieval through ptychography
Yunfeng Nie: Multi-field direct design with the SMS method with two surfaces for imaging applications
Marco Mout: Huygens-Fresnel path integration for cascaded diffraction in optical systems
Ton Verhoeven: The impact of absorption on the (transmission) grating profile that optimizes the efficiency of an individual diffraction order Simone Sorgato: Mix of light and colors for LEDs and solar concentrators with the SMS method
Lijo Thomas: Polarimetric imaging: improvement of the target discrimination capability of active polarization imagers through spectral broadening

If you’re interested in the Talks, please contact Dr. Bernd Kleemann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to access them.