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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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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“. 

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.

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.