Wolfgang-Gentner Young Scientist Award goes to scientist of the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK)

At the ceremonial opening of the Academic Year 2022/23 of the University of Freiburg on 19th October 2022, Rector Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein awarded Dr. Pouya Rajaeipour for his dissertation

Dr. Pouya Rajaeipour received the Wolfgang-Gentner Young Scientist Award for his dissertation on "Optofluidic Adaptive Optics - Systems and Methods", which was awarded summa cum laude. Adaptive optics (AO) can improve image quality by correcting wavefront errors. Current AO systems are mainly based on reflective components, whose added value is often brought into question due to their complex integration. This work describes the development of refractive AO systems based on new components and software to simplify and extend the application of adaptive optics.

"This dissertation was a milestone in the history of our chair", says Prof. Dr. Hans Zappe, Head of the Gisela and Erwin-Sick Professorship for Micro-Optics at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg and supervisor of the dissertation. "Not only was the work scientifically groundbreaking, it also formed the basis for the first successful commercialisation."

The prize is donated by Volksbank Freiburg and endowed with 1,250€.

Photo description: Award of the Wolfgang Gentner Young Scientist Award. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Kerstin Krieglstein, Rector of the University of Freiburg, the award winner Dr. Pouya Rajaeipour and Uwe Barth, Spokesman of the Board of Directors of Volksbank Freiburg

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