An Introduction to PlanOS
Development of large-scale, polymer-based sensor foils employing purely optical measurement principles
PlanOS aims to develop a new generation of entirely polymer-based optical foils on which large-area arrays of optical sensors are integrated. Using light to measure quantities such as temperature, strain or concentrations of chemical compounds, the PlanOS foils combine micro-optical components with large-area fabrication technology. Our vision is to provide sensor technology on a large-area, 100 μm thick, flexible polymer foil manufactured on an industrial scale. Manyfold applications are possible: from aviation industry to packaging as well as structural health monitoring ans molecular analytics in life sciences.
Our chemists develop tailor-made materials for fabrication of optical waveguides and substrates. Physicists and engineers build light sources and detectors, and improve existing sensor technology such as arrayed-waveguide and fiber Bragg gratings. Other scientists develop new concepts for processing light in novel sensor networks. In addition, engineers work on the realization of a cost- and resource-efficient mass production.
PlanOS is a Collaborative Research Centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Project partners are the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., the Technische Universität Clausthal, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig.