High wage industrial countries like Germany face a number of unique challenges, like the demographic change, globalization, and the need for a constant technological competitive edge. Optical imaging is a key technology to address these challenges. Lithography for example is one of the core technologies in the production of integrated circuits as well as camera chips and displays. This drives an abundant computational capacity giving rise to other technologies like computational imaging, machine learning, big data analysis and virtual/augmented reality. The resulting digitalization of optics in turn pushes miniaturized optics ranging from smartphone cameras, to microoptics, down to plasmonics and metamaterials. On system side the trend to lightfield-imaging, 3D-imaging and multimodal imaging continues and finds applications in research and healthcare. For that high imaging speed and large fields are key. The German academic and industrial landscape, in this regard, will be addressed, too.
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