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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF




The Innovation Alliance 3Dsensation aims to change the interaction of human and machine fundamentally.

Freeform Optics Plus is a regional growth core working on the development and commercialization of innovative freeform optical systems.

Research project for setting new standards in miniaturized imaging optics in the fields of consumer electronics, life sciences, automotive and sensors.

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Strategic Research Alliance between NKT Photonics and Fraunhofer IOF Jena for PCF Technologies

Birkerød, Denmark; Jena, Germany, June 23rd. 2015

NKT Photonics A/S and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF announce a strategic research alliance between both partners. Within the agreement NKT Photonics A/S licensed parts of its unique Photonic Crystal Fiber technology to the Fraunhofer IOF.

For more than a decade NKT Photonics (previously Crystal Fibre) has pioneered the field of photonic crystal fibers and today the technology forms the backbone of several high performance product areas such as supercontinuum lasers and ultrafast fiber lasers. Several major laser companies worldwide have embraced the technology and offer high-performance fiber laser products based on fibers and gain blocks from NKT Photonics.

Fraunhofer IOF Jena has been a partner and pioneer customer of NKT Photonics for many years and holds numerous fiber laser performance records using jointly developed fibers from NKT Photonics.

Solutions with light – Fraunhofer IOF presents new research findings at the world’s leading exhibition »LASER World of Photonics 2015« from 22th until 25th of June

Fiber lasers are a central component for the modern industry as well as health care. These lasers combine the advantages of high precision fabrication and contact free material handling. Thus, they are superior compared to conventional technologies. The research team of Dr. Ramona Eberhardt and Prof. Jens Limpert show their latest developments in the scope of fiber lasers.

A highlight is the monolithic integrated fiber laser system that reaches performances within the multi-kilowatt range with emission wavelength of 1 µm or 2 µm.  In collaboration with »Active Fibers Systems GmbH« from Jena, the researchers show an ultrashort fiber laser system as a 1:10 model of the system for the »Extreme Light Infrastructure« (ELI) project. “Our experiences and competencies in the field of fiber lasers are enabling us to develop new system concepts with outstanding pulse durations and performances” says Prof. Jens Limpert, leader of the workgroup fiber and waveguide lasers.

New interlayer-free bonding technology will be presented at the Paris Air Show

Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena will present their latest developments in the field of aerospace and space at the International Paris Air Show starting June 15th until 21th. With more than 2.200 exhibitors and about 140.000 professional visitors from more than 180 countries it is the key event of the whole industry.

In the range of micro-assembly and system integration researchers of the Fraunhofer IOF take their chance to present the new interlayer-free bonding technology. With direct bonded prism-to-grating advantages compared to conventional joining technologies will be accomplished.

Furthermore, Fraunhofer IOF will present metal optics for grids and bonded components at the International Paris Air Show. This shows their extensive expertise in the field of optical freeform systems, including the whole value chain starting from design until production of the entire system, like telescopes for earth observation.

Andreas Tünnermann receives highly endowed ERC Advanced Grant

In appreciation of his exceptional research Andreas Tünnermann, Professor of Applied Physics, is honored with the “ERC Advanced Grant” by the European Research Council. This award includes a generous research founding of about 2.5 million Euros that will be utilized to intensify fundamental research in fiber lasers.

“Fiber lasers are solid-state lasers based on fiber optics, which are very robust, well amplified and have high efficiencies. Amongst others, they could be used for material processing, medical technology (diagnostics) and in space (measuring technology).” (Institute of Applied Physics)

For further information please visit the website of the Institute of Applied Physics Jena

Best Paper Award - 1st International ISPRS/CIPA Workshop

At the 1st International ISPRS/CIPA Workshop in Italy, Gunther Notni, Peter Kühmstedt, Matthias Heinze, Ingo Schmidt and Christian Bräuer-Burchardt won the Best Paper Award with their publication »Compact handheld fringe projection based underwater 3D-scanner«.


2nd International Symposium on Microoptical Imaging and Projection

From 24 to 26 March 2015, the 2nd International Symposium on Microoptical Imaging and Projection takes place on the Beutenberg Campus. The symposium is all about the intertwining of optoelectronics, microoptics, and image processing. This enables optimal solutions with superior miniaturization in imaging and projection applications.

Registration is open until February 27. You can find more information on

»Light for the future« - Scientific Symposium 2015

25 February 2015 | Stuttgart

National and international representatives from business, politics and industry came together in Stuttgart for the celebration of the International Year of Light and the 30th anniversary of the Stuttgart Optics Colloquium. The focus of the scientific symposium was on the entire spectrum of trends in optics and photonics.

In his speech, Prof. Andreas Tünnermann presented the current developments in the German photonics industry as well as the future challenges for optical technologies in the revolution of man-machine interaction. Afterwards, he introduced the latest research of the innovation alliance 3Dsensation in the demand areas production, healthcare, mobility and security.

Researchers from the Institute of Applied Physics of the FSU Jena (IAP) were honored at Photonics West

Young scientists from IAP received four awards in San Francisco for their outstanding developments in the field of ultra-short pulse fiber lasers. Marco Kienel, Christian Gaida, and Arno Klenke took the top three places at the sub-conference „Fiber Lasers: Technology, Systems, and Applications“. Felix Zimmermann was awarded at the sub-conference „Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific and Industrial Applications XV“.