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“The challenges that we are addressing in the frame of the MULTIPOINT project are definitely some of the most exciting in the field of femtosecond lasers.”

Clemens Hoenninger
Amplitude Laser Group

Please, tell us about your professional background and your present job.

I am Head of R&D at Amplitude Laser, a world-leading manufacturer of innovative femtosecond lasers. By education, I am a physicist and did my specialisation in ultrafast diode-pumped lasers during my PhD thesis at the ETH Zurich and a postdoc at the University of Bordeaux. I am with Amplitude since its creation in 2002 and followed the exciting development of the company from a University start-up to a big company closely. In my present role, I take pleasure in undertaking R&D projects with an exceptionally skilled and passionate team in the company. And moreover, I have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with high-level institutes and companies in Europe, France, and elsewhere in the world to develop new technologies and new products leading ultimately to new market opportunities.

When did you decide to dedicate to industrial research?

Definitely at school. I always liked mathematics and natural sciences. And physics seemed to be the most fundamental and exciting.

In your opinion, which are the most exciting challenges to come in your field?

The challenges that we are addressing in the frame of the MULTIPOINT project are some of the most exciting in the field of femtosecond lasers. These laser sources have found many interesting applications requiring extreme precision and high-quality laser processing. However, on the micro-scale, with the developments of the MULTIPOINT project, the macro scale, square meters of a surface to be covered by femtosecond laser light, becomes accessible. Working on the high power laser development, as well as on the related system and application technologies, is extremely exciting.

Multipoint is a research project funded by the European Union. Have you ever participated in more projects funded by the EU? How do you evaluate them?

Research projects funded by the European Union are great vehicles for many aspects: they bring together excellent and open-minded partners all over Europe and associated countries and they trigger innovations by supporting part of the risks that are always inherent in new developments. Many smaller companies would not be able to address such risky projects without European funding. And ultimately this pays back by dissemination and exploitation of the obtained results. Many long term collaborations and business relations result from European funded projects.