Additive Manufacturing of Metal Optics

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3D-Inkjet Printing of Optical Components

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Microoptics in automotive Headlamps enable more precise Light Modeling.

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Speciality Optical Fibers

The commissioning of the fiber drawing tower at the Fraunhofer IOF has expanded the available options for the production of special fibers.

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Fraunhofer IOF - News


Innovation Workshop

On September 23, 2019 scientists of the Fraunhofer project "SSL - STRUCTURED­SPOTLIGHT" invite to a workshop where they present novel solutions for automotive lighting and measurement technology.


Photonics Days 2019

Fraunhofer IOF organizes a three-day career event for students and doctoral students of optics and photonics. Be there and experience exciting days and great networking opportunities in Jena from 17 to 19 September 2019!


Workshop "Sensing with Quantum Light"

From September 15 - 18, 2019 the workshop "Sensing with Quantum Light" will take place in Bad Honnef, Germany. Be there when international scientists present their quantum research.


New Applications for Multi-kW Ultrafast Lasers

In Aachen and Jena, new application laboratories are being established for partners from industry and research.

Fraunhofer IOF – Beutenberg Campus – City of Light Jena


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 research projects


Tailored Optical Fibers

18 companies and three research institutions have teamed up in the Innovative Regional Growth Core ›Tailored Optical Fibers‹ [TOF] to develop and market tailored optical fibers for future applications.



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.



The Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS under the leadership of the Fraunhofer ILT and the Fraunhofer IOF conducts research on laser sources and process technology for outputs up to 20 kW.