Optics and Precision Mechanics, Optoelectronics
Optics is among the traditional domains in our region, which is one of the most important in this regard. Production incorporates the majority of specialisations such as optomechatronics, photonics, optoelectronics, and fine mechanics. These companies are very significant employers in the region.
Products worth mentioning are, for instance, observation telescopes and telescopic sights, sensors, optoelectronics, night vision devices, optical sets for industrial applications, systems for the inspection of semiconductor boards, projection systems, optomechanical systems for medical and laboratory use, and others.
Another strong industry is the manufacture and installation of headlamps for the automotive industry and endoscopic devices and tools.
The Czech Optical Cluster was established in Olomouc, associating and representing the representatives of science and industry in optics and related areas.
Research, Development, and Innovations
Research in optics is carried out, for instance, on academic grounds, specifically at the Department of Optics of Palacký University Olomouc. There is also the Joint Laboratory of Optics of Palacký University Olomouc and the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Research in photoelectrochemistry is conducted by the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (CATRIN – RCPTM).
Relationship with Schools
There are strong ties to the cooperation with secondary schools and universities within the domain due to the demand for and education of trained employees. UP’s Department of Optics is the only one in the Czech Republic that specialises in optics.
The second level is cooperation on projects financed from subsidies and on research activities subject to orders, demand, and current market trends. In addition to Palacký University Olomouc, this cooperation is also held with CTU Prague, the Czech Academy of Sciences, BUT Brno, VŠB–TU Ostrava, and universities abroad.