Photonics / Optics

Photonics / Optics

A leader in Photonics, Optics and Micro Systems

The Berlin-Brandenburg region is home to one of the most significant clusters for optics technologies in Europe. Many of these businesses are based at Adlershof, in the Photonics Centre’s six buildings, which comprise 18,600 square metres of lab and office spaces. Companies such as Analytik Jena, FISBA Optik, Limmer Laser, AEMtec, Bestec, Bruker nano, Jenoptic Diode Lab, Laser Technik Berlin (LTB), LLA Instruments oder Sentech are situated in Adlershof.

The businesses are joined by the university and non-university research institutes, including Berlin Humboldt University’s Physics Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, HZB), the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Science (Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften, ISAS), the Max Born Institute for Non-Linear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), the National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, PTB), the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, the Leibniz-Institute for Microwave Technology (Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, FBH), the  German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, BAM).

A worldwide network of light

The specialist network OpTecBB e.V. receives significant support from these Adlershof companies and institutes. Amongst its aims are the quick translation of research findings into marketable products, and training and further education. Adlershof is fast becoming one of the world’s leading sites for the research and development of light technologies. The entire supply chain is represented, from initial research, to highly specialised suppliers, to commercial high tech businesses supplying the mass market.

This portfolio of services is regularly presented at international trade fairs such as Laser World of Photonics and Photonics West.

Adlershof technology centres for photonics and optics

The Adlershof Technology Centres were largely financed with funding from the GRW — Joint Task of Improving Regional Economic Structure and from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


WISTA Management GmbH
Zentrum für Photonik und Optik

Schwarzschildstraße 3
12489 Berlin

Dr. Bernd Ludwig
WISTA Management GmbH
Technology Centres/Laboratory

Heiner Pettan
WISTA Management GmbH
Technology Centres/Laboratory


Centre for Photonics and Optics (ZPO)
Short portrait of the Technology Centres ZPO I-V in Berlin Adlershof
Adlershof Special 40
Tailormade materials for laserdiodes and microchips. 2015
Centre for Photonics and Optics
Floorplans, areas and equipment. 2014
Adlershof Special 16
Photonics In Motion. 2011