Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

3D Imaging promises Innovative Solutions for Health Care Applications

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Hybrid Materials for the Preparation of Stochastic Nanostructures

The Fraunhofer IOF realizes broadband antireflective coatings on glass using AR-plas2®.

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Bio-Functional Surfaces

The Fraunhofer IOF develops structured surfaces with chemical functionalization, e.g. to specifically influence the colonization behavior of cells on surfaces.

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3D-Inkjet Printing of Optical Components

The Fraunhofer IOF develops a manufacturing process whose digital character makes it possible to manufacture individualized optical components flexibly and inexpensively.

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Array Microscope with Sub-Micrometer Resolution

The Fraunhofer IOF presents a new approach in which many microscope objectives are arranged in parallel in order to increase the imaged object area or, alternatively, to enable the resolution of very small structures.

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In-Line 3D Measurement of Honeycomb Catalysts

The Fraunhofer IOF builds complete systems for 3D measurement according to customer requirements.

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Fraunhofer IOF - News


3D scanner for forensics

Instead of pouring plaster over traces of crime scenes, impressions can also be secured using the mobile 3D scanner from Fraunhofer IOF. The scanner can be tested on site at the GPEC in Frankfurt/Main (February 18 to 20, 2020).


Cooperation project "Snifits4Health" started

Researchers at MPImF, Fraunhofer IZI and Fraunhofer IOF have the goal of jointly developing a portable measuring device for determining the blood concentrations of metabolites within minutes.


Developments in
microoptics since 1992

Christoph Wächter has been working in the field of microoptics since the founding year of Fraunhofer IOF. In an interview he reveals more about his work, for which he received a "Best Scientific Paper Award" in 2019.


Upscaling the output

Ultra short pulse lasers (USP) offer great potential for industrial applications. Fraunhofer CAPS is working on the development of a new generation of USP lasers that will overcome existing limitations.

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.