Current press releases

There are just few press releases available in English. All press releases can be found on the German press page.

Images out of nowhere (Quantum Imaging)

Tumor or no tumor – to decide, we need to have a close look at the tissue sample. Light doesn't just make hidden things visible, however; it also damages or destroys living cells. Little more than a snapshot is currently possible. Fraunhofer scientists have now developed a new method allowing light-sensitive samples to be observed for a longer time period with higher resolution.

Press Release: Images out of nowhere

Highlights 2019: Fraunhofer IOF at the LASER World of PHOTONICS

Additive manufacturing, quantum technologies, active optics for space applications – once again, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF presents the latest cutting-edge technologies in optics and photonics research at this year’s LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich. From June 24 - 27, 2019, experts will be present at the joint Fraunhofer booth (Hall B3, booth 335) to answer questions and showcase »Photonics – Made in Jena«.

Press Release: Highlights 2019: Fraunhofer IOF at the LASER World of PHOTONICS

New light source brings freedom of design and added safety

Success in the increasingly competitive automobile market is reserved for those who combine well-engineered products with attractive design, for example through the perfect integration of headlamps. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new lighting technology that gives designers more freedom to create vehicles with unconventional styling and also provides additional benefits to drivers and auto manufacturers alike. The prototype will be presented at the LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fair from June 24 - 27, 2019.

Press Release: New light source brings freedom of design and added safety

Application offensive for ultrafast lasers in the kW range

Experts from 13 different Fraunhofer institutes are working on the development of multi-kW ultrafast lasers and various applications in the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS. A user facility with application laboratories in Aachen and Jena is being created for this purpose, laboratories in which partners from industry and research can work with the new technology.

Press Release: Application offensive for ultrafast lasers in the kW range

Quantum revolution in medical imaging announces

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have taken their first images using a novel quantum imaging technology. Using a so-called "single crystal set up", the scientists were able to generate quantum images and videos. This technology is particularly relevant for the field of life sciences, since it allows to image tissue with particularly high contrast and information, while at the same time maintaining a low illumination dose.

Press Release: Quantum revolution in medical imaging announces

Digital Innovation Hub Photonics: Support for founders and young entrepreneurs in photonics

Together with the head of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and Institute of Applied Physics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Thuringia's minister for economic affairs and science, Wolfgang Tiefensee, has launched the »Digital Innovation Hub Photonics« today. The aim of the project is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) and start-ups to turn their ideas into marketable products as quickly as possible. The project is being coordinated by the High Performance Center for Photonics in Jena.

Press Release: Digital Innovation Hub Photonics: Support for founders and young entrepreneurs in photonics

Photonics West 2019: Fraunhofer IOF presents new technologies for earth observation

The Photonics West in San Francisco is considered as one of the leading international fairs in optical technologies and is at the same time a global get-together for science and economy. Among the about 40 Thuringian exhibitors who will present their bundled optical know-how at the joint German booth in Moscone Center is the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF from Jena. One of this year’s trends are optical technologies for earth ob-servation.

Press Release: Photonics West 2019: Fraunhofer IOF presents new technologies for earth observation

QUILT Autumn School “Quantum-Enhanced Imaging and Spectroscopy”

Within the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF from Jena, Germany, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM from Freiburg, Germany, will organize an Autumn School on Quantum-Enhanced Imaging & Spectroscopy at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, from September 9-12, 2018.

Press Release: QUILT Autumn School “Quantum-Enhanced Imaging and Spectroscopy”

Fraunhofer IOF presents latest research results for optical systems in Frankfurt

Demands on optical systems are becoming more and more complex. Next to applications in projection systems, they are requested for the air and space industry, criminalistics and medicine sector. Therefore Fraunhofer IOF has developed several new technologies: freeform and projection optics, robot-based sensors for scattered light measurement on large objects and additive manufacturing technologies for lightweight mirrors.

Press Release: Optatec 2018: Fraunhofer IOF presents latest research results for optical systems in Frankfurt

Direct bonding of diffraction gratings and prisms for earth observation

Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena are able for the first time to connect compact prism grid systems by direct bonding permanently and without adhesives. The technology is particularly suitable for precision optics in vacuum and has been tested for space use.

Press Release: ILA 2018: Direct bonding of diffraction gratings and prisms for earth observation

Quantum laser unit at Photonics West 2018

Quantum technologies will be one of the major trends in 2018. The core of the-se future technologies are sophisticated laser systems. Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF from Jena, Germany, presents such a space born system at this year’s Photonics West exhibition, together with a number of other photonics innovations.

Press Release: Quantum laser unit at Photonics West 2018

Max Planck School of Photonics: National Network of Excellence selected by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has called for the implementation of a new network of excellence under the lead of the Fraunho-fer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena, Germany. The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) focusses the key strengths of the German Photonics Community and will support highly skilled young researchers on a world class level. The national network of excellence aims to level the playing field with elite institutions, such as the Harvard University or the Mas-sachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by setting new standards in the re-search with light.

Press Release: Max Planck School of Photonics: National Network of Excellence selected by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

25th institute anniversary: Fraunhofer IOF opens new fiber technology center in Jena

The new fiber technology center at Fraunhofer IOF in Jena was inaugurated on July 3rd, 2017, in cooperation with partners from economics and science, including the Leibniz-Institute for Photonic Technologies. At the same time the institute celebrated its 25th anniversary. Among prominent guests were Thuringia's Prime Minister, Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Thuringian Minister of Economics, Science and Digital Society, Wolfgang Tiefensee, and the chair of the STIFT (Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research) Prof. Werner Bornkessel.

Press Release: 25th institute anniversary: Fraunhofer IOF opens new fiber technology center in Jena

Fraunhofer IOF presents encryption technology for interception-free communication for the first time

In the near future, quantum cryptography will be an important issue for the secure transfer of communication. The feasibility of quantum technology could only be proven in research labs so far - now the idea is to be transferred from laboratories to the real world. Experts of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena have succeeded in providing an encrypted photon source for space applications.

Press Release: Fraunhofer IOF presents encryption technology for interception-free communication for the first time

Jena's skyline shines in the United States

Together with Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow and representatives of the Thuringian Landtag, the director of Fraunhofer IOF Prof. Andreas Tünnermann as well as other members of the institute visited the optics region Rochester (USA). In addition to the visit of the company QED Technologies, Inc., the program also included handing over a holographic laser projector to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) as an exhibit.

Press Release: Jena's skyline shines in the United States

Photonics West: Fraunhofer IOF presents high-resolution near-infrared 3D scanner

As in previous years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is presented at the world’s largest international fair focusing on photonics: Photonics West in San Francisco. From 28 January to 02 February 2017 new developments and innovations from the areas of bonding- and fiber technologies and diffractive optics are being presented. This year’s special high-light is a real-time high-resolution near-infrared 3D scanner with synchronous image acqusition which was developed for applications in security technology and human-machine interaction.

Press Release: Photonics West: Fraunhofer IOF presents high-resolution near-infrared 3D scanner

Compound eyes for industry and smartphone

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process enabling the production of a two millimeter flat camera. Similar to the eyes of insects, its lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets. Following nature‘s model, the researchers have named their mini-camera concept facetVISION.

Press Release: Compound eyes for industry and smartphone

World record laser pulses for ELI Hungary

Funded by the European Union, the institutes from the Extreme Light Infrastructure ELI currently contract the very best laser developers around the world. Among them is a team from Jena, Germany. They built a system that delivers more than 200 watts of 6 femtosecond pulses. That’s a world record, but it is just the beginning.

Press Release: World record laser pulses for ELI Hungary

New partnership between the optics region Rochester and Jena

With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on September 12th in Rochester, the partnership between the world’s two leading optics regions was taken to a new level. The exchange will be strengthened, and research and industry on both sides of the Atlantic will profit.

Press Release: New partnership between the optics region Rochester and Jena

The Next Generation of Adaptive Optics: PI (Physik Instrumente) and the Fraunhofer IOF Support Visualization of Exoplanets in the E-ELT

In cooperation with PI (Physik Instrumente), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) is developing a new actuator concept for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which is currently being planned by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). It is intended to use 11,000 PICMA® multilayer piezo actuators in extremely accurate adaptive optics (XAO) to make it possible to get a clear and sharp view into space with pitch of less than 4 mm.

Press Release: The Next Generation of Adaptive Optics

Dazzlingly sharp images on curved screens

Projecting images on curved screens poses a dilemma. The sharper the image, the darker it is. A novel optical approach brings brightness and sharpness together for the first time on screens of any curvature – and additionally allows about 10,000-times faster projection rates. Researchers will be presenting their technology November 4-6 at Vision 2014 in Stuttgart. (Hall 1, Booth G42)

More info - Press release of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Research team from Jena receives the Thuringian Research Award for Applied Research: multi-contrast microscopy for clinical use

Jena-based scientists from the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), the Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC), the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) and Jena University Hospital investigated a multi-contrast imaging approach, a key to powerful clinical diagnostics. For this research work they will be presented the research award of the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture of Thuringia on February 8, 2013.

Compact light scattering measurement system – Fraunhofer IOF at Photonics West 2013 in San Francisco

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena are presenting new developments in optics, laser technology, production, and imaging at this year’s Photonics West. One exhibit will be a table-top light scattering measurement system.