Optics and photonics are playing an increasing role in aircraft and aviation.

Main segments are:

  • Smart glass for controlling the dimming of the plane’s windows.
  • Sensors and integrated photonics for next generation AR-HUD (Heads Up Displays) systems, which project new types of virtual images across larger fields of view.
  • Thermal imaging for structural monitoring to determine damage to the aircraft’s internal and external structure.
  • Laser-based additive manufacturing (3D printing) for on demand production of parts as well as laser beam welding and cutting and ultrashort pulsed lasers for surface structuring and functionalization.
  • LiDAR for wind/turbulence measurement, obstacle detection and auto-landing.
  • Sensors to measure air pressure, speed, density, and temperature.
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