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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering




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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Optonet Workshop

»Ultra Precision Manufacturing of Aspheres and Freeforms«

For the production of optical components and systems, ultra precision manufacturing is of high industrial relevance.

Every two years, scientists and entrepreneurs meet in Jena for a high-class exchange of experiences concerning the latest manufacturing techniques, applications and products in the area of ultra precision manufacturing in the framework of the workshop »Ultra Precision Manufacturing of Aspheres and Freeforms«.

This year, the workshop focuses on aspheres, freeforms and metal optics, manufacturing and process issues and advanced applications.

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10th Theme Days on Interfacial and Surface Engineering

In the framework of the 10th Theme Days on Interfacial and Surface Engineering, the 4th Optics Colloquium, jointly organized by the Fraunhofer IOF and Innovent Technologieentwicklung, takes place on 4 September in Leipzig. This year’s four main topics are Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for optics, optical coatings for satellites, organic coatings for optics as well as layer growth, modeling und process control.

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Berlin industrial talk

The modification of surfaces to achieve antireflective properties is essential for modern optical components and systems. In general, thin films or nanostructured surfaces were used to achieve the desired AR properties.

Current results and innovative solutions in the field of antireflective coatings for plastics will be presented by Dr. Ulrike Schulz during the industry talk in Berlin.

Head-mounted displays for data glasses

Head-mounted displays (HMD) with see-through feature allow the augmented reality come to reality. Key components of a HMD are micro-display and HMD-optics, which has been developed by the Fraunhofer IOF.

Mini-projector for smartphones

Very small displays sometimes make smartphones difficult to operate. In the future, a projector will help: if a cell phone is standing on a table, for instance, it can project a large-format display onto the table surface. The user will have the option of operating the smartphone via the projection function or from the display screen itself. more