Ulrike Fuchs How Can The Latest Developments in Beam Shaping Improve Microscopy?

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.




The microscope is an essential tool in many areas of scientific research. In this video, ULRIKE FUCHS explains how the latest developments in laser technology can significantly improve microscopy. Focusing on fluorescence microscopy, Fuchs demonstrates the advantages of using a laser with a “top hat” shaped beam distribution in place of the standard Gaussian beam distribution. Delivering striking improvements in areas including photo bleaching and high throughput stitching, the research also has important implications for common and stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10783

Flat-field Illumination for Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging

  • Ian Khaw, Benjamin Croop, Jialei Tang, Anna Moehl, Ulrike Fuchs and Kyu Young Han
  • Optics Express
  • Published in 2018
Ian Khaw, Benjamin Croop, Jialei Tang, Anna Moehl, Ulrike Fuchs and Kyu Young Han. "Flat-field Illumination for Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging." Optics Express 26 (2018): 15276–15288. doi:10.1364/OE.26.015276.