Areas of Competence


Optical and Mechanical System Design

Optics design, Mechanical design, Simulation and analysis, System design

Micro- and Nano-structured Optics

Gray tone lithography, Electron beam lithography, Reactive ion etching, Step & repeat replication, Wafer scale micro optical systems


Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems

Hardware/software for quantum technologies, microassembly, packaging technologies, hybrid system integration, interlayer bonding technologies, 3D printing


Precision Optical Components and Systems

Diamonds are used to produce metal optics at Fraunhofer IOF. The scientists exploit the mechanical and thermal properties of diamond to produce...


Functional Surfaces and Coatings

Coating devices, Design of optical layer systems, EUV- and X-ray multilayers, VUV-, NIR- and VIS-layers, Plastic coating, Transparent and conductible coatings, Stochastic structures for antireflection

Laser and Fiber Technology

Assembly and joining technology for fiber lasers and fiber optics, Fiber-based amplification of laser sources, Q-switched microchip lasers, Fiber optics, Resonator design, Fiber technology

Imaging and Sensing

3D-measurement, Optics characterization, Surface and thin film characterization, Terahertz-measurement methods, Metrological computer tomography


Emerging Technologies

We enable revolutionary applications in science and industry with innovative solutions using new technologies, such as those from the field of quantum physics.