Quantum communication technology for satellites

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World record laser pulses for ELI Hungary

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RGB Projector with four Freeforms on a single Substrate

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Freeform Mirror Modules for easy System Integration

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Wetting Analysis of oleophobic Glass Surfaces immersed in Water

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Robot-assisted Light Scattering Sensor for Surface Assessment

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The new ultra-thin camera for smartphones.

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High Power Fiber Lasers at 1 μm and 2 μm

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Fraunhofer IOF - News


25th institute anniversary

Fraunhofer IOF opens new
fiber technology center in Jena



Fraunhofer IOF presents encryption technology for interception-free communication for the first time.

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 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.