Solutions with light

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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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. At the symposium all revolves around the intertwining of optoelectronics, microoptics, and image processing. This enables optimal solutions with superior miniaturization in imaging and projection applications.

Registrations are possible up to February 27. You can find more informations on

Researchers from the Institute of Applied Physics of the FSU Jena (IAP) were honored at the 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“. 

Optics meets Business – Impressions of Fraunhofer IOF at Photonics West in San Francisco

More than 10 scientists of Fraunhofer IOF present their latest research results at the conference and the booth at SPIE Photonics West. Between 7 and 12 February, the Moscone Center in San Francisco is the meeting point of the global optics community.

In numerous discussions, it became apparent that the works of our researchers are highly demanded topics. The visitors of the booth are mostly business-driven and have very clear visions for possible projects. Furthermore, we notice that the current publications by IOF scientists are visible in the research community and serve as a direct link to further dialogue.  

Already on the first day, there were concrete project proposals regard almost all of the presented optical systems and research areas. This is a sign that this meeting point of the optics industry offers huge potential for the intensification of our international relations and worldwide operations.

Jena welcomes "2015 International Year of Light"

Opening event of the UNESCO theme year 2015

At the beginning of the theme year, leading companies present their products and technologies as well as jobs and career opportunities in the Goethe Galerie from 15 - 17 January 2015. An accompanying exhibition informs the visitors about the Thuringian photonics region, economic figures, technology focuses and areas of application. Young and old lighting researchers can test their knowledge with different experiments. Moreover, every afternoon, a prominent scientist or entrepreneur presents a lighting idea from Jena and will gladly answer the audience’s questions.

Jena celebrates "2015 International Year of Light"


In 2015, the Saale lights up: This year, Jena participates in a lot of activities and events in the “International Year of Light”. The UNESCO has proclaimed this theme year in order to raise the awareness of light-based technologies.

The research in Optics and Photonics and the application of light-based technologies pave the way to improved medical diagnoses and treatments as well as innovative methods for life sciences, just to name a few. Furthermore, they can be used for new communication devices, environment friendly manufacturing processes and energy-efficient lighting solutions.

Fighting infections side by side

The Leibniz Society has chosen the LeibnizScience Campus InfectoOptics as an eligible project. In the LeibnizScience Campus InfectoOptics, Jena researchers of different disciplines come together to work collaboratively on intensified research into infectious diseases.

We congratulate them and look forward to the cooperation. The Fraunhofer IOF will contribute to the development of optical systems and sensors in the field of infectious disease diagnostics.