Broadband Antireflection Coatings for Optical Lenses

The newly developed broadband 65 designs consists of alternating high-index and low-index layers accomplished by a plasma-etched nanostructured organic layer. A residual average reflectance below 0.3 % was achieved in the spectral range from 400 nm to 1500 nm, which is significantly lower than that achievable with classical interference systems.

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High-Speed 3D-Measurement

We have developed a projection system based on a gas discharge lamp with a luminous flux of almost 50000 lm. The system projects a so-called Aperiodic Sine Pattern, which was also developed at Fraunhofer IOF. In one second, the constructed scanner can provide 1200 independent 3D scans of 1 million points each.

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Fiber Technology for Mode Instability-free Multi KW Fiber Lasers

For high power applications fiber lasers have many advantages in comparison to other laser concepts, for example with regard to highest output power levels with excellent beam quality.

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Lightweight Mirrors

Additive manufacturing techniques offer great potential and they allow nearly unlimited freedom of design. Selective Laser Melting can generate complex parts slice by slice out of metal powder. Therefore this technology has been added to the manufacturing chain for metal mirrors at Fraunhofer IOF.

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Sentinel-4 NIR-Grating Development

For ESA‘s scientific earth-observation mission, Sentinel-4, the Fraunhofer IOF is developing the flight hardware of the spectrometer gratings for the NIR-spectral channel including its isostatic mount.

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Fraunhofer IOF – Beutenberg Campus – City of Light Jena – News


Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

07745 Jena
Beutenberg Campus
Albert-Einstein-Str. 7


Photonics – Made in Jena

The Fraunhofer IOF conducts application-oriented research in the field of optical systems engineering on behalf of its clients in industry and within publicly-funded collaborative projects.

The field of optical system engineering enables the step from specific optical, mechanical and electronic components to optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic modules and systems with complex functionalities. The objective is to control light, from its generation to its application. In this context, the sustainable energy-efficient use of light – "Green Photonics" – plays a special role for the Fraunhofer IOF, particularly with regard to the Fraunhofer innovation cluster.

Current projects



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



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



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