In the field of future technologies, research and development at Fraunhofer IOF currently focuses on two thematic areas:
Optical Quantum Technologies
Fraunhofer IOF is a pioneer in applied research on quantum photonics for scientific and industrial applications. This includes, for example, tap-proof quantum communication, low-noise quantum imaging systems, and advanced ion traps for quantum computers. Fraunhofer IOF integrates, optimizes, and miniaturizes quantum technology systems.
Active and Adaptive Optics
Fraunhofer IOF develops deformable mirrors to influence the wavefront actively to improve the system properties in a targeted manner. Our expertise is used for laser and quantum communication systems between ground stations and geostationary satellites, for the compensation of image perturbations in space telescopes, or focus adaptation and focus tracking in laser material processing. The mirrors can be equipped with up to 10,000 actuators and are controlled in real-time based on wavefront measurement technologies.