4th International Summer School 2018

Trends in Ultra-precision optical surface engineering
Manufacturing methods and applications

03. – 07. September 2018

Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM) in Leipzig, Germany


4th International Summer School:
Trends in ultra-precision optical surface engineering - Manufacturing methods and applications

Modern optical surfaces for high-end applications such as semiconductor lithography, laser, X-ray radiation, telescopes or space-based optical systems require utmost accuracy of surface form, waviness and roughness. At the same time, the large variety of complex surface forms demand for highly deterministic machining processes.

Precision shape cutting technologies like diamond turning, as well particle beam-based technologies like ion beam, plasma and laser machining methods provide unique features for ultra-precision surface engineering on the atomic height scale.

The application of these emerging technologies for optical surface fabrication allows to target surface features on the nanometer scale. An interdisciplinary approach to the ultra-precision technologies makes this summer school a valuable event for students of engineering and natural sciences.

Target Group

We welcome applications from those engaged in natural sciences and engineering research. There will be 40 places available for international students, PhD students or any people interested in ultra-precision engineering.

The school will be conducted in English language. It will feature interactive elements and the opportunity for attendees to network with our speakers, thus a fair standard of comprehension and of spoken English is essential.

An attendee fee of 65 € is kindly requested.


The summer school will cover the following topics:

  • Ion beam based technologies for ultra-precision optics manufacturing
  • Plasma based technologies for ultra-precision surface machining
  • Ultra-precision cutting technology
  • Fabrication, measurement and application of X-ray optics
  • Modern trends in optical manufacturing 

The program comprises 90 min lectures by expert speakers from academia and industry and practical courses on surface measurement and deterministic fabrication of optical elements ultra-precision technologies.

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Registration is open until July 20, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by email. All attendees are expected to give a short oral presentation on their project and therefore are asked to submit a brief abstract of their research together with their registration.

E-mail: Summerschool2018(at)iom-leipzig.de

Download registration pdf-file here


Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Arnold
Endowed professorship for ultra-precision surface machining with ions and plasmas

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany
Tel:  +49 (0)341 235 3120
Fax:  +49 (0)341 235 2595
E-mail:  thomas.arnold(at)iom-leipzig.de