Ulrike Fuchs How Can Laser Technology Improve Material Processing?

Dr. Ulrike Fuchs is Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at asphericonGmbH. Having previously headed the company’s Departments of Applications and Optical Design, she completed her doctorate in Physics at the University of Jena in 2009. Named as an inventor on numerous patent registrations and a fellow of The Optical Society, Fuchs was the inaugural winner (in 2018) of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award.

Area of Research

Aspherics, Metrology, Optical Design, Photonics

since 2018

Vice President Strategy & Innovation

asphericon GmbH (more details)

since 2013

Guest Lecturer

Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule Jena

Topics: Optical Design, Basic Understanding of Aspheres, Optical Metrology

since 2012

Head of Applications (Applications)

asphericon GmbH (more details)

Research & Developement, Strategic Product Development


Head of Optical Design (Optical Design)

asphericon GmbH (more details)


Assistant Lecturer

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

(Abbe School of Photonics)


Research Associate (Microoptics)

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering


Dr. rer. nat. (Physics)

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Institute of Applied Physics


Studies in Physics

Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)

Major: Optics

- Associated Editor for Optics Express (since 2018)

- Reviewing Articles for Optics Express and Applied Optics (since 2016)

- Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award - Selection Committee (2019-2021)

- “Laser-based Micro- and Nano-Processing XIV” at Photonics West 2020 - Program Committee (since 2019)

- Member of OSA and SPIE

- Alumna of the German National Academic Foundation


- OSA Fellow (2019)

- PhD Fellowship (full coverage), German National Academic Foundation (2005-2009)


- Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award (2018)

- Award for the best Diploma Thesis 2004, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (2005)

asphericon GmbH

Jena, Germany

Founded in 2001, asphericon is one of the technology leaders in the field of aspheric optics and systems. By combining a worldwide unique CNC control technology with high-end manufacturing processes, asphericon routinely achieves unique levels of dimensional precision for optical components, assemblies and systems. The latest manufacturing technologies, continually evolving proprietary control software, world-class metrology equipment, and highly qualified employees ensure that asphericon can provide more than 750 customers worldwide with innovative solutions. asphericon assists its customers from the initial optical design, through manufacturing and coating, precision metrology, optical characterization to the assembly of optical modules to complete ready-made systems - everything at a space approved quality level.




Lasers typically produce a Gaussian beam where intensity is greatest in the center and tails off at the edges. In this video, ULRIKE FUCHS explains how a laser beam profile can be transformed into something more effective for material processing. Drawing on insights from phase shifting microscopy, Fuchs shows how a phase plate can be used to change the phase distribution of an incoming Gaussian beam before it is focused. Along with making existing processes faster, more efficient and more precise, Fuchs’s work reveals potential for exciting new applications for laser technology going forward.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10786

Tailored Focal Beam Shaping and its Application in Laser Material Processing

  • Anna Möhl, Sebastian Kaldun, Clemens Kunz, Frank A Müller, Ulrike Fuchs and Stephan Gräf
  • Journal of Laser Applications
  • Published in 2019
Anna Möhl, Sebastian Kaldun, Clemens Kunz, Frank A Müller, Ulrike Fuchs and Stephan Gräf. "Tailored Focal Beam Shaping and its Application in Laser Material Processing." Journal of Laser Applications 31 (2019): 042019. doi:10.2351/1.5123051.