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Our Team​

  • We love to solve problems.

  • We are strongly driven to enable new applications with our product.

  • Our team brings together the full range of expertise: physics, engineering and business.


Kilian Fritsch


I carried out research with femtosecond thin-disk oscillators and their pulse compression techniques as part of my PhD work at Ludwig-Maximilians University and Helmut-Schmidt-University. My main research focus was the development of power-scalable and efficient methods for nonlinear spectral broadening and pulse compression.


Based on my experience in the field of spectral broadening and pulse compression, I am focused on the continued development of our core technology:​

  • Physical layout

  • Product Development

  • Prototype tests and assembly

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Christian Franke

I completed my interdisciplinary degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering in early 2018. Until the end of 2020, I worked at Fraunhofer IAPT as a research associate. I was in charge of the “Additive Academy & Studies” unit, which offers training and consulting services on the industrial use of additive manufacturing.


My role at n2-Photonics is focused on commercial tasks, such as finance and marketing as well as the application-driven development of optomechanical components:

  • Opto-mechanical engineering

  • Sales & marketing 

  • Administration

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Oleg Pronin

I studied physics in Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI). After my studies I joined Prof. Ferenc Krausz’s group as a PhD student where my passion for photonics, optics and lasers started to evolve. After finishing my PhD work, I took on a project leader position responsible for thin-disk laser development, spectral broadening and compression experiments, frequency comb stabilization and many more. In the beginning of 2019, I joined Helmut Schmidt University as a professor. 

In n2-Photonics I lead the strategic product and company development and could hold the title "chief big-picture and motivation officer":

  • Motivation

  • Strategy

  • Sales

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Holger Beneke



Igor Rebrov

Laser Engineer


Tomin Joy

Laser Engineer


Adrian Kleinow

Production Team


Edgar Zavala

Student Employee

Our Journey from Science to Industry

  • June 2016: First proof of concept by Kilian and Oleg (Scientific publication)

  • October 2019: Second proof of concept by Kilian and Oleg (Scientific publication)

  • August 2020: EXIST Forschungstransfer granted for 24 months (800k € starting in January 2021)

  • December 2020: Moving into our own laboratory at Helmut-Schmidt-University

  • January 2021: Our team starts working full time on reaching market maturity of MIKS product

  • June 2021: First prototype of MIKS1_S delivered to one of our scientific cooperation partners

  • August 2021: First prototype of MIKS1_M delivered to one of our cooperation partners from industry

  • March 2022: Having our own booth at Laser World of Photonics in Munich for the first time

  • April 2022: Renting our own production and office space

  • September 2022: First MIKS1_S delivered to our first paying customer

  • October 2022: InnoRampUp granted for 12 months (130k € starting in December 2022)

  • November 2022: Tomin and Igor in the role of full time laser engineers joined the team

  • December 2022: the company is fully relocated from Helmut Schmidt University to their facility

EXIST Forschungstransfer 

The team has been awarded with the “EXIST Forschungstransfer” grant (BMWi) for the development of a market-ready pulse compressor for ultrashort pulse lasers. This program is aimed at outstanding research-based start-up projects that involve complex and technological development work. The funding volume during the two-year project phase is more than 800,000 euros. The project started in January 2021.

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