Press Releases

Our press releases are filed since 2006.


Press releases of the last 12 months can be found below. To find earlier press releases, please use the calender tool.

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  • Initiative QuNET demonstrates highly secure and practical quantum communication / 2021

    First quantum-secured video conference between two German Federal agencies

    Bonn, Germany / August 10, 2021

    Today, two German Federal agencies communicated via video for the first time in a quantum-secure manner. The QuNET project, an initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop highly secure communication systems, is thus demonstrating how data sovereignty can be guaranteed in the future. This technology will not only be important for governments and public authorities but also to protect everyday data.

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  • With nearly three million euros in funding, the “Center of Excellence in Photonics” as Jena's innovation platform continues to expand its research. 1.5 million euros of this comes from the Free State of Thuringia. The grants will be used to initiate new research collaborations, especially in imaging for life sciences and medicine. A particular focus is on technologies operating in the spectral range of EUV radiation and beyond.

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  • Electron beam lithography enables compact design of novel components for quantum technologies / 2021

    Twelve million euros for new system for high-performance optics made in Jena

    Jena / July 30, 2021

    The Thuringian Ministry of Economics and Science is supporting the acquisition of a new lithography system at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena with twelve million euros. The new system will enable outstanding basic research in the field of quantum technologies. It will also enable the realization of optics, e.g. for the space-borne observation of climate change. State Secretary Carsten Feller presented the funding decision today.

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  • Fraunhofer IOF gains more space for quantum research / 2021

    Foundation stone laid for new research building

    Jena / July 15, 2021

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is getting a new research building. The additional laboratory and clean room space will create novel possibilities on the Beutenberg Campus in Jena for new research work, especially in important future fields such as quantum technologies. Today, the festive ceremony of laying the foundation stone took place with selected representatives from politics and science.

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  • Thuringia wants to become a high-tech location for quantum technologies. To this end, the Free State of Thuringia is contributing six million euros to fund a new center of excellence for quantum technologies. At a digital inauguration event, Thuringia's Minister of Science Wolfgang Tiefensee gave the go-ahead for the “Quantum Hub Thüringen” today in Erfurt.

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  • With the "International Day of Light" on May 16, UNESCO draws attention to research and science related to light as well as to light-based technologies that - literally - "illuminate" our lives in many areas. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Germany contributes to this with its excellent research on a global scale. Researchers have already been awarded the "Deutsche Zukunftspreis" (German Future Prize) three times.

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  • A new measurement method for 3D shape acquisition has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. With their “MWIR-3D sensor”, they can scan objects three-dimensionally, regardless of whether they are made of transparent plastic or glass. Even objects with shiny metallic or jet-black surfaces can be detected without any difficulties. Combining different materials is also no problem for the new 3D infrared sensor. In the field of 3D sensor technology, this degree of flexibility in the properties of the object is a first. Applications are conceivable in areas such as quality control in production and robotics.

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  • Remain innovative and think future-oriented in photonics / 2021

    Fraunhofer IOF starts international professional development program for the optics and photonics industry

    Jena (Germany) / March 03, 2021

    Update: Event postponed to September 6-10, 2021
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is launching an new international professional development program for managers in the optics and photonics industry. With "Photonics Manager Compact", the institute will provide insights into the current research of photonics from September 6-10, 2021 and thus prepare for questions of the future. In addition, the program imparts methodologies of contemporary personnel management. The start of the program, originally planned for February 2021, had to be postponed due to Corona.

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  • Ion traps for quantum computers, highly secure quantum communication, state-of-the-art fiber lasers and freeforms for compact optical systems: At North America's largest photonics trade show, SPIE Photonics West, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF will present groundbreaking future technologies from March 6 to 11. Admission is free.

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