We believe in optics solutions for global challenges

400 years ago Dutchmen Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and Christiaan Huygens changed the world with their optics inventions.

Last decades TNO and TU Delft developed high tech optical solutions for space and semicon which made it possible to look even further, or closer.

Nowadays Dutch Optics Centre brings knowledge and research capacity together to support Dutch companies in developing new products in new markets and becoming world leading in optics.
Together we build toward another 400 years of optics to contribute to global challenges.

We bring together people, companies and knowledge to inspire and look for business opportunities.


Take a look at our research projects and product cases

May 3, 2017

Secondary mirror SOFIA

The telescope of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a airborne telescope. Capable to gaze at the stars from a altitude of 12 kilometers where it is posible fly above almost all the water vapor in the earths atmosphere.
September 16, 2016

High resolution detection of acoustic waves by integrated optical ring resonators

An optical ring resonator applied on a membrane acts as a microphone for acoustic waves.
September 14, 2016

Optical design with free forms and graded index materials for compact imaging systems

Within DOC, the capabilities and tools for designing and facilities for manufacturing free forms are sustained by the partners.
September 14, 2016

Beam shaping for high-resolution imaging and sensing

An open facility for shaping beams in terms of polarisation, ampltude and phase is under construction; it will be used as technology demonstrator for high-resolution imaging or sensing
September 14, 2016

Scatterometry for the detection of sub-wavelength features

The angular distribution of intensities and polarisation of light scattered by an object help to detect its small features.
September 14, 2016

Phase sensitivity to improve imaging and sensing

Retrieval of the aberrations of an optical system enables image sharpening


January 10, 2018

Meet us @Photonics West

Dear partner, The Netherlands Photonics cluster will, as in recent years, be present at the coming SPIE Photonics West on January the 30th till February the […]
December 5, 2017

Dutch Optics Centre a official Smart Industry Fieldlab

The Netherlands has a expertise in the area of optics which is unique in the world. To strengthen the corporation between high-tech firms and knowledge institutes in the Netherland; TNO and TU Delft founded Dutch Optics centre (DOC) in 2016. On November the 13th DOC was given the official status of Smart Industry Fieldlab by FME and Smartindustry chariwoman Ineke Dezentjé Hamming-Bluemink. This fieldlab gives access to a wide network of 2.200 companies in the technological industry sector, influence on agenda’s, participation on projects en assignment, but also follow-up financing.

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