Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
The Division 8.6 Optical and Fibre Optic Methods of BAM has more than 20 years experiences in fibre optic technologies, including fibre optic sensors and specific procedures for optical, mechanical and environmental testing, as well as for durability investigations and validation of fibre optic sensors. The division has an extended knowledge with the development of fibre optic sensors based on both silica and polymer optical fibres for the monitoring of structures and materials with respect to their safe operation as well as for medical applications. The fibre sensor team has particularly international reputation for work on polymer optical fibre sensors. The main competences of the division are in the field of structural health monitoring by fibre optic sensors and in the development of new, high-performance materials and structures with embedded fibre optic sensors (smart composites, smart technical textiles). The fibre sensor team develops new and improved optical measurement and testing methods for investigation of reliability and operation stability of fibre optic sensors, performs validation of fibre optic sensors and develops guidelines and standards for them.
Dr. Katerina Krebber studied physics and received the PhD degree in electrical engineering. She has more than 17 years experience with the development of fibre optic sensors including distributed fibre optic sensors and polymer optical fibre sensors. Since 2004 she has been with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin. At BAM she is head of the Division Optical and Fibre Optic Methods and leader of a number of RTD projects. She is an author and a co-author of more than 100 scientific publications including invited and keynote lectures at international conferences and patents.