Active and Adaptive Optics

The Active and Adaptive Optics group at Fraunhofer IOF specializes in the development and testing of application-specific deformable mirrors and complete AO systems for active beam shaping.

Main application areas of these technologies are turbulence correction for laser and quantum communication as well as beam shaping with respect to optimal imaging properties in laser material processing.

 

Your partner for the development of active and adaptive optical components and systems

We develop application-specific and flexible solutions for our customers from industry and research. Our portfolio in the field of adaptive and active optics ranges from highly dynamic focus mirrors for laser material processing to long-term stable as well as space-qualified deformable mirrors to individual system components.

Thanks to our many years of expertise and the excellent technical equipment at Fraunhofer IOF, we can offer our customers developments along the entire optical process chain. Numerous partners from science and industry benefit from our know-how in various projects.

Our range of services:

 

Our range of services in the field of active and adaptive optics includes the following:

  • ​Concept and system design for systems with active optical elements
  • Optical design for adaptive optical components and systems
  • Mechanical design for adaptive optical components and systems
  • Design of adaptive optical control
  • Simulation of free-space optical systems with adaptive optical control
  • Electronics and software development
  • Production planning and manufacturing
  • Integration and design of optical systems
  • Characterization of optical links (free-beam links), link budget calculation
  • Wavefront measurements
  • Prototyping and laboratory tests
  • Measurement campaigns

Tell us your desired application and we will develop the customized solution for you.

 

We're shaping light!

Markets and applications

 

With the adaptive and active optics, Fraunhofer IOF aims to promote new, innovative applications in the fields of space and communication systems, microstructuring and 3D material processing with high-power lasers. Furthermore, the advantages of active and adaptive components as well as systems can be targeted in the following applications:

  • Deformable mirrors for laser material processing
  • Deformable mirrors for space telescopes
  • AO systems for satellite-based laser and quantum communications
  • AO systems for terrestrial laser and quantum communications
  • AO control systems for low and high spatial frequency correction
  • and much more ...
Front and back of a focus mirror in the hands of a researcher.
© Fraunhofer IOF
Active unimorph focus mirror for tracking the beam focus in laser material processing. Connections for power supply, sensor evaluation, and cooling water are located on the rear side.
Active metal mirror for correction of quasi-static aberrations in space telescopes - fully mounted and non-mounted semi-monolithic mirror substrate.
© Fraunhofer IOF
Active metal mirror for correction of quasi-static aberrations in space telescopes - fully mounted and non-mounted semi-monolithic mirror substrate.
Extreme-AO (XAO) mirror demonstrator to study actuator integration in smallest space (3.7 mm actuator spacing) - with exchangeable actuator module (4x4 piezo stack actuators).
© Fraunhofer IOF
Extreme-AO (XAO) mirror demonstrator to study actuator integration in smallest space (3.7 mm actuator spacing) - with exchangeable actuator module (4x4 piezo stack actuators).

 

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We develop customized solutions for photonic problems from industry and science.

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We also develop new components and adaptive or active systems on behalf of customers.