The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is an internationally operating research institute in the fields of photonics and laser technology. The interdisciplinary cooperation between natural scientists and mechanical engineers makes innovative approaches to challenges from the most different industrial sectors possible. The research priorities of the institute are optical components and systems, optical production technologies, and biomedical photonics. Research projects always aim at current and future demands of the economy. For industrial projects, the focus of the work is on direct customer benefits. Besides research, development and consulting, training and further education are the main objectives of the LZH.
As an independent, non-profit research institute, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) is supported by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport since its foundation in 1986. 19 spin-off companies have, up to now, emerged from the LZH.