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PhotonicNet Hannover

About us

Optical technologies are considered to be one of the ’enabling’ technologies. With it’s enormous competitive potential, this key-technology has a driving influence on innovations in the 21st century. Optical technologies are applicable in almost any industrial branch, have become indispensible for research and play a major role in modern medicine.

The Hanover-Brunswick-Göttingen-Wetzlar area, located in the center of Germany, has a long tradition in optical technologies. Nowadays, developments have led to modern manufacturing enterprises, research activities with worldwide recognition and market-oriented training and education.

PhotonicNet, one of nine regional competence networks for Optical Technologies in Germany, was founded in 2001 to promote the optical and photonic technologies in lower saxony.

The main activities are Technology Management including funding consultancy, coordination of R&D projects and initiating product innovations, consultancy in the initial phases of business startups and licenses, aquisition of databases and improvements in training and further education as well as communications and PR.

PhotonicNet’s strength is it’s interdisciplinarity. The competence network includes manufacturers and users of Optical Technologies, research and education institutions, technology transfer agencies, business development companies, investors and public corporations.

Partners of PhotonicNet


3D-Micromac AG, Alstom LHB GmbH, Carl Zeiss - Werk Göttingen, EuropTec GmbH, Innolight GmbH, InnovationsCampus (Wolfsburg AG), Innovations-Gesellschaft Universität Hannover mbH, Lambda Physik AG, LaserOptik GmbH, Leica Camera AG, Leica Microsystems Holdings GmbH, Linos Photonics GmbH & Co. KG, LISA Laser Products OhG, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, LZH Laser Akademie GmbH, Mahr GmbH Göttingen, Optotech GmbH, Salzgitter AG, VCT AG, Vision GmbH, Volkswagen AG

Research Institutes

Fraunhofer Institut für Schicht- und Oberflächentechnik, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen e.V., Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Medical University of Hannover, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Universities and Advanced Colleges

Göttingen University – Third Physical Institute, Hannover University - Institute for Quantum Optics, Hochschule Harz, FB Automatisierung und Informatik, TU Braunschweig – Institute for High Frequency Technology, TU Clausthal – Institute for Physics / Physical Technologies, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen
  Core competencies in Optical high-precision technique:
Light sources and -systems
Optical / fine mechanical components and -systems
Coatings, micro-optics
Micro- and macromaterial processing
Information and communication technologies
Metrology, sensor technology
Life sciences, biomedical engineering
Training and further education
Innovation transfer / startup consultancy
PhotonicNet GmbH
Competence Network Optical Technologies
Chief Executive Officer: Dr. H.-J.Hartmann
Garbsener Landstr. 10
D-30419 Hannover
Tel.: +49 511-2771640
Fax: +49 511-2771650


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