The OpenLab for OCT establishes an interdisciplinary research field at the Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences in Jena, Germany.
It connects the research areas Optics Technology, Biomedicince, Optical Measurement Techniques as well as Data Evaluation and Visualization with AI and Machine Learning. The linking element of the OpenLab is optical coherence tomography (OCT). This nondestructive measurement technique for three-dimensional imaging is based on white light interferometry and allows high resolution images with up to 1 µm resolution in transparent and semitransparent materials. In addition to medical imaging (histology and Ophtalmology), the focus of the OpenLab for OCT in Jena lies on nondestructive material evaluation, espacially for micro cracks in glass and ceramics - so called Subsurface Damage (SSD) - in optics manufacturing.
Infrastructure in the OpenLab is funded by EFRE / REACT-EU as part of the reaction of EU to COVID-19 pandemic (2021 FGI 0021) as well as by DFG and TMWDDG (INST 322/13-1).