Central competence and basis of all developments at Fraunhofer IOF are optical and mechanical design as well as the simulation and analysis of optical and opto-mechanical systems including thermal and thermo-
optical effects. The use of comprehensive design and modeling tools allows the simulation and optimization of optics and systems made of metal, glass or plastic - from micro-optics to astronomical telescopes, from
laser systems to quantum optics. For this purpose, refractive and reflective as well as diffractive systems, spherical, aspherical, and freeform optical components, fiber-optical and quantum-optical components, gratings up to microlens arrays are calculated.
The focus is on micro-optical systems, high-performance and special optics - from automotive to space. These systems are also realized and characterized after design and simulation.