Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Micro-optical telescopic Arrays for LED Light Sources

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Optical Components for the EnMAP Hyperspectral Imager

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Multiaperture Imaging System for Presence Detection

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GRISM Manufacturing for Spectroscopy in Space

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Dynamic Focus-Shifting Mirror for Laser Processing

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Body Measurement in Motion: High-Speed 3D Detection

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Fraunhofer IOF - News


Quantum laser unit at Photonics West 2018

Quantum technologies will be one of the major trends in 2018. The core of these future technologies are sophisticated laser systems.


National Network of Excellence selected by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has called for the implementation of a new network of excellence under the lead of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena

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


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.



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