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“It starts with optics”. Optical technologies are opening up new potential within TNO, says senior optical designer Stefan Bäumer. Society makes demands, we offer solutions.
“I really see optics as an enabling technology. My colleagues and I are experienced in many optical technologies that we can use to build instruments and complete systems, together with experts in other disciplines (such as mechanics, electronics and data processing). We translate the customer’s requirements into optical functions and, ultimately, into lenses and mirrors. Optical measurement principles are non-contact, fast, and so accurate that optics is a logical starting point; so it all starts with optics.”
“TNO has quite a pre-eminent position in terms of its optics expertise. We have found ways of applying some really great technologies, especially for the aerospace industry. For example, they are used in earth observation satellites, in applications such as monitoring the concentration and distribution of atmospheric CO2. We are also making great progress in the field of semiconductors. My team works closely with ASML, one of the leading players in the semiconductor industry.”
“In addition to my work as an optical designer at TNO, I am also a Principal Scientist. At TNO, Principal Scientists share responsibility for the development of new technologies. There is a lot going on in optics. My job is to ensure that we only push the right technological developments. Every month, the Principal Scientists hold a meeting to build bridges, strengthen each other in practical ways and to collectively devise ground-breaking solutions. That approach is really unique to TNO. We are neither an optical company, nor a mechanics company, nor a defence organization. No, we’re TNO. We do it all.”