RCDPP – Research Center for Digital Photonic Production



The integrative research concept of the CDPP consists in the holistic and simultaneous investigation of the physical interaction between light and matter as well as the production systematic interaction between material and product. A special feature of the CDPP is the common methodology for the integrative diagnosis, modelling and design of photonic process sequences.

Research Goals

  • Integrative research focuses on methods for modeling and designing ultrashort pulse beam sources, selectively controllable high-power diode laser arrays, configurable laser oscillator amplifier platforms, EUV beam sources and ultrafast beam deflection systems.
  • The systematic research and provision of empirical, numerical and analytical methods and models as well as process-adapted materials for novel photonic process sequences. The focus is on the three material classes metals, semiconductors and biomaterials.
  • The integrative research of individual photonic manufacturing processes and their integration into process and value chains. In addition to research into vertical process chains, the aim is their integration into continuous horizontal process chains (component design - production - post-processing and finishing). This lays the foundation for the following industrial series production of innovative products.

Professorships Involved

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences - Faculty 1

Experimental Physics of Extreme Ultraviolet EUV
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Larissa Juschkin

Institute of Physics (IA)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Wuttig

Institute for Quantum Information

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.Thomas Bergs MBA (Director/Chair)

Chair for Technology of Optical Systems TOS
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Peter Loosen

Digital Additive Production
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum

Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Manufacturing Processes Instruction and Research Department NLD
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Schulz

Chair for Laser Technology LLT
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhart Poprawe

Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering - Faculty 5

Chair and Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy (IEHK)
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Bleck

Chair for Foundry Science and Foundry Institute
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - Faculty 6

Chair of Semiconductor Electronics and Institute of Semiconductor Electronics
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Knoch

Institute of Integrated Photonics of the RWTH Aachen University
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jeremy Witzens, Ph. D.

Business and Economics - Faculty 8

Technology and Innovation Management (TIM)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank Thomas Piller

Faculty of Medicine - Faculty 10

Institute of Applied Medical Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Schmitz-Rode


Available Infrastructure

14 large-scale equipment put out to tender and initial equipment worth € 3.4 million.


Integration in RWTH Major Projects:

  • Cluster of Excellence Internet of Production Proposal 4/2018
  • SFB 1120 Precision from Melt Application 7/2018
  • Research Campus Digital Photonic Production Application 9/2018
  • Profile area Production Engineering Common theme: Digital material
  • BMBF Key Components for Quantum Technologies Proposal 9/2017


RWTH Aachen University, Chair for Laser Technology LLT
Phone +49 241 8906 352

RWTH Aachen University, Chair for Laser Technology LLT
Phone +49 241 8906 646