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

Measures for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic

To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Fraunhofer IOF is implementing the current official guidelines as well as its own measures: Accordingly, business trips are currently limited to the most necessary. Visits to the institute are only permitted in urgent cases. Our employees, however, work - where possible - in a home office. We therefore ask you to contact them preferably by e-mail. In case of problems, please contact our central telephone number: +49 3641 / 807-0 . Despite these restrictions, the Institute will continue to operate.

We wish you, your relatives and your employees all the best. Stay healthy!

 

Higher performance
glass fibers

Two new research projects aim to overcome limitations of current optical data transmission and significantly increase the efficiency of optical fibers.

 

Quantum-based imaging for industry

Latest developments from the Fraunhofer lighthouse project QUILT lay the foundation for innovative industrial applications in imaging, spectroscopy, and metrology.

 

Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope

On December 24, the largest space telescope to date starts its journey into space. On board: high-precision mirrors manufactured at Fraunhofer IOF.

Selection of current research projects

 

QuNET-Initiative

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

 

QUANTIFISENS

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.

 

fo+

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

 

AMI

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.

 

CAPS

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

 

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.