Areas of Competence

The Fraunhofer IOF conducts application-oriented research in the field of photonics and develops innovative optical systems for the control of light. The institute covers the entire photonic process chain in its competencies.

Fraunhofer IOF - News


New hope in the fight against cancer

Fraunhofer IOF and industry partner Varian Medical Systems have developed a novel system for tumor radiotherapy, which has been awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.


New research on cell-based therapeutics

At Fraunhofer MEOS, new analytical methods for quality assurance and process control for the manufacturing of cell-based therapeutic products are being developed with the participation of Fraunhofer IOF.


Mirrors for space mission EnMAP

EnMAP, the first hyperspectral satellite developed and built in Germany, was recently launched into space. On board: Eleven mirrors from Fraunhofer IOF. 


Laser system to search for life in space

Fraunhofer IOF is supplying a miniaturized laser module for the mobile laboratory of the Mars rover for the ExoMars mission in 2022. The rover is to search for traces of life.


Young Talent Award 2022 announced

Students and doctoral candidates can apply for the Fraunhofer IOF Young Talent Award with their final thesis until June 30.


Open Call for Papers

The 27th Microoptics Conference will be held in Jena, Germany, from Sept. 25-28. In addition to regular lectures, there will be short talks and poster sessions where submitted contributions can be presented.

Selection of current research projects



The QuNET initiative develops highly secure communication systems based on state-of-the-art quantum technology.



A regional alliance of industry and research aims to build a quantum-inspired, omnifunctional fiber sensor platform to provide customized fully integrated sensor solutions for broad applications in diverse markets.



Freeform Optics Plus is a regional growth core working on the development and commercialization of innovative freeform optical systems for UV-VIS-IR applications.



Fraunhofer IOF is a partner in the AMI alliance, which develops multimodal imaging processes for industrial growth fields relevant in Thuringia. Here, image processing technologies from different spectral ranges and real-time 3D images are combined.


Max Planck School of Photonics

The Max Planck School of Photonics is an interdisciplinary graduate school. Coordinated by the Fraunhofer IOF, it offers an integrated PhD program in the field of photonics for international young researchers.


Center of Excellence in Photonics

The Leistungszentrum Photonik is a joint initiative of several research institutes in Jena. Together with partners from industry, they develop new solutions with light for important future fields.



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.


Fraunhofer Project Hub MEOS

At the Fraunhofer Project Hub MEOS in Erfurt, three Fraunhofer Institutes (Fraunhofer IPMS, Fraunhofer IZI, Fraunhofer IOF) are researching new biomedical applications together with partners from industry.

Fraunhofer IOF – Beutenberg Campus – City of Light Jena


Photonics –
Made in Jena

Fraunhofer IOF conducts applied research and develops innovative solutions with light on behalf of its customers from industry and research.


Women in photonics

We clearly advocate for more women in photonics and at our institute. We wish to tackle exciting photonic challenges with even more female colleagues in the future.


Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Albert-Einstein-Str. 7
Beutenberg Campus
07745 Jena