Microoptics in automotive Headlamps enable more precise Light Modeling.

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Combined Roughness and Functional Analysis of Dental Implants

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High Performance 3D Sensor Network for Real-Time Reconstruction

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Antireflection Coating AR-plas2 for Glass- and Plastic Lenses

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Asphere-Test-CGH Based on Effective-Index Structures

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Fraunhofer IOF - News


New Applications for Multi-kW Ultrafast Lasers

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


Rostock, 10.03. - 15.03.2019

Get entangled with
Science and Industry

Become a part of our quantum technology teams and join the 2nd quantum revolution!


Jena / 26.2.2019

Quantum revolution in medical imaging announces

Quantum imaging system of Fraunhofer IOF delivers first promising video.


Jena / 21.2.2019

Kick-Off: Digital Innovation Hub Photonics

Together with the head of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering and Institute of Applied Physics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Thuringia's minister for economic affairs and acience, Wolfgang Tiefensee

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.