Optical Analytics

Light as measuring instrument – the exploration of the laser also brought new methods, improved measuring productivity and measuring accuracy for the optical measuring technology. Today, optical measurement methods are being used for a wide range of fields, not only in the industrial food production and the pharmaceutical industry, but increasingly also in environmental analytics.

Especially, all along the industrial value chain optical measurement methods are significant, since they serve the increasing need of industry for high-precision, flexible and rapid measuring procedures in manufacturing supervision and production monitoring. Toward traditional sampling in industrial production they provide important advantages: Optical measurements can be carried out continuously and automatically. Hence, corrections can be applied without disturbing the production. Measurements, performed with light of different wavelengths, allow comprehensive statements about the properties of the investigated material and the progress of reaction processes. For instance, the mechanical engineering sector, the semiconductor industry, as well as the automobile manufacturing are reliant on such optical measurement methods.

Distinguished by its versatility, Optical Analytics represents one out of six activity fields in the Photonics Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg. Thereby, Berlin-Brandenburg is very well positioned in many areas of optical metrology, with focal points on

  • visual process metrology
  • UV and X-ray technology
  • Terahertz technology
  • laser technology
  • applications in Biomedicine


Research Institutions



BE-OPTICAL and PicoQuant – Pushing the envelope in medical imaging

Press Release Project focuses on achieving the next major advance in medical imaging, enabling advanced analysis of cells or tissues Berlin (Germany), 27 October 2017 – PicoQuant and the Humboldt University Berlin are co-hosting an Early Stage...


PicoQuant introduces new software for the analysis of quantum correlations

Press Release Simplify data acquisition and analysis for quantum correlation and coincidence counting applications with QuCoa Berlin (Germany), 28 September 2017 – PicoQuant has released the QuCoa software package, an integrated solution for data...



Press Release Helping measuring methane gas concentration for a better understanding of climate change. Berlin/Germany, 20th June 2017: eagleyard Photonics GmbH enables SpaceTech GmbH/Immenstaad to build the LIDAR Frequency Reference Unit for...


PicoQuant expands its hybrid photomultiplier detector line-up

Press Release PicoQuant expands its hybrid photomultiplier detector line-up Two new models from the PMA Hybrid Series are now available, covering broad spectral ranges with excellent detection efficiency Berlin (Germany), 12 April 2017 – PicoQuant...


PicoQuant releases 560 nm laser for applications in Life Science

Press Release The new picosecond pulsed laser emits light in the yellow-green spectral range ideal for the excitation of many molecular probes Berlin (Germany), 16 February 2017 – PicoQuant has released a laser head that emits laser pulses at 560...