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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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Laser Display and Lighting Conference

July, 4th - 8th, 2016, Jena

The Laser Display and Lighting Conference (LDC) is an international conference concentrated on laser displays and related technologies. LDC‘16 covers the laser display / lighting technology in the following major topical fields:

  • Lasers and light sources
  • Optical components
  • Imaging / Lighting Technologies
  • Systems and Applications

Call for Papers

You are welcome to submit a paper on one of the LDC‘16 topics. Papers should be submitted until April 14, 2016.

Innovative Gobo Projection at Control 2016

April, 26th – 29th, 2016 | Stuttgart, Germany | Hall 1 | Stand 1502

The Fraunhofer-Alliance Vision is going to present current test and measurement systems for quality assurance in production at the Control 2016. As an alliance partner, the Fraunhofer IOF will show the innovative projection principle of gobo projection.

This system can generate over 5,500 independent 3D data sets per second with more than 250,000 measuring points of an objects surface.

High-speed 3D measurement systems offer a wide range of application e.g. in production lines for in-line quality assurance at high cycle rates, in motion analysis in medical research and sports science, and in the measurement of large objects such as aircraft wings, ships or rotor blades or wind turbines.

"Photonics - Made in Jena" part of the "ODF16"

Jena, Germany, March 4th. 2016

The Fraunhofer IOF was delighted to welcome over 50 international representatives from science and industry as a part of the "International Conference on Optics-photonics Design and Fabrication" (ODF). The program was focused entirely on current topics in the optics and photonics industry. With Andreas Tünnermann, Herbert Gross, Theo Lasser, Michael Totzeck, Jan Hamkens and Thomas Pertsch presented reputable representatives of the local photonics industry and research the latest developments and ideas at the Jena site.

Afterwards the participants had the opportunity to look into the laboratories and to get in touch withthe young researchers of the Fraunhofer-Institute. They presented their visionary research projects in the fields of projection and camera technology, functional surfaces and layers and photonic sensors and measuring systems to the guests from Japan, USA and Spain.

New diamond laser 20 times more powerful

Sydney, Australia | Jena, Germany | August 14, 2015

A group of researchers from the Macquarie Photonics Research Centre in Sidney and fiber laser experts from Fraunhofer IOF are developing a diamond laser that is 20 times more powerful than previous diamond lasers.

High-power diamond lasers are especially useful in applications that require beaming power over long distances. For example, these lasers can be used for optical communications in space, laser ranging, and the tracking and removal of space debris.

As a relatively new material for creating laser beams, diamonds are currently becoming a leading technology in generating powerful beams at wavelengths where traditional lasers reach their limits.

“Diamond fibers seem to fit high-power lasers perfectly. It is very interesting to see that such an advancement is possible and I am convinced that a lot of fascinating developments will come from this” says Dr. Thomas Schreiber, who is group leader for fiber laser research at Fraunhofer IOF and part of the project from the German side.