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  • Fraunhofer IOF Young Researcher Award for Innovative Theses Presented / 2023

    "Applied Photonics Award 2023": These are the winners

    Jena (Germany) / October 12, 2023

    How can computers become even more powerful with the help of light while consuming less energy? How can we produce tiny micro-optics faster and more cost-effectively in the future? And how can findings from nano-optics be applied to the industrial use of quantum sensors? The prize winners of this year's "Applied Photonics Award" are addressing these and other questions about the future. The Young Researcher Award was presented to the five award winners of 2023 on October 12 as part of the "Photonics Days Jena".

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  • Statement: Fraunhofer IOF Institute Director Andreas Tünnermann welcomes important step for national space research / 2023

    New space strategy of the German government

    Berlin / Jena (Germany) / September 29, 2023

    This week, the german federal government has approved the new space strategy. Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and Chair of Applied Physics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, welcomes the new strategy as an "important step for national space research". He expects that especially the innovation ecosystem at the photonics location Jena "will make relevant contributions to the implementation of the new space strategy".

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  • New hub for quantum communication in Germany is being built in Erfurt: New research project Q-net-Q launched / 2023

    "There is no way around Thuringia on the future quantum highway"

    Erfurt / Jena / Nordhausen / Sundhausen / Berlin / Frankfurt am Main (Germany) / August 31, 2023

    The Free State of Thuringia wants to become an important hub for the German quantum network. With various projects, the state, the federal government and the European Union are driving forward the expansion of a network for quantum communication in Germany. Existing test links for researching quantum-secured fiber links between Erfurt and Jena are now to be extended by new sections in the direction of Nordhausen and, in perspective, Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. A visit by Thuringia's Science Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee to the Fraunhofer Center in Erfurt on August 31, 2023 marked the start of further route expansion, which is being carried out as part of the new Q-net-Q research project.

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  • Quantum key successfully distributed between two points with combination of free-space and fiber links / 2023

    QuNET initiative: One step closer to highly secure quantum communication

    Jena, Germany / July 28, 2023

    Researchers from Jena, Berlin, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Wessling have successfully distributed quantum keys between two points using a combination of free-space and fiber links under everyday conditions. On a heterogeneous test bed in Jena, they achieved key rates in the kilobit range per second in daylight. The experiment was implemented as part of the QuNET initiative, a pilot project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to develop highly secure communication systems based on quantum technologies.

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  • Project QUDICE aims to develop space-qualified hardware for quantum key exchange in space. / 2023

    Making Europe fit for quantum communication via satellite

    Jena (Germany) / March 09, 2023

    The European Union is providing 4.3 million euros in funding for a new project to research high-security quantum communication via satellites. In the QUDICE project, an international team of researchers, including members of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, aims to develop components for space-based distribution of quantum keys. The new hardware is expected to become one day the basis of a European satellite network. At Fraunhofer IOF, a miniaturized source for generating entangled light particles in the telecommunications wavelength range will be built specifically for this purpose. The project has recently started its three-year term.

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  • Fraunhofer IOF presents new wavelength division multiplexer at SPIE Photonics West / 2023

    More power for laser communication in space

    Jena / San Francisco / January 30, 2023

    They fly high above our heads and are indispensable for our globally networked world: satellites. For a long time, they used radio waves to exchange data with each other and with ground stations. But in a highly networked world with a rapidly growing volume of data, these have long been insufficient to cope with the volume of data. The solution: light. Light enables data to be transmitted much faster - and, especially with entangled light particles known as quanta, much more securely. At SPIE Photonics West from January 31 to February 2, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF will be presenting several innovations for laser- and quantum-based communication together with its project partners from quantum communication and space research.

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  • Technology improves the performance of lidar and other sensor and camera systems / 2023

    New optical coating system prevents fogging and unwanted reflections

    Jena (Germany) / January 23, 2023

    Detailvergrößerung einer Glasplatte mit optischem Beschichtungssystem, das beschlagsmindernde und antireflektierende Eigenschaften kombiniert.

    Optics that do not fog up and almost do not reflect - this will be possible in the future due to a new optical coating system developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. The technology is expected to help improve the performance of lidar systems and cameras in, for example, autonomous driving cars. The research team has now presented the new process in a paper published in the journal "Applied Optics".

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  • New study aims to advance quantum computing / 2023

    Quantum measurements more precise than ever before

    Jena (Germany) / January 12, 2023

    Integrated single photon source.

    An international team of researchers, including scientists from Jena, has succeeded in developing a new and particularly precise type of measurement in tiny quantum systems. Applications are conceivable in semiconductor manufacturing, for example, but also in mobile radio technology or microscopy in the future. Experimental tests to prove the study were carried out on Germany's first quantum computer, the Fraunhofer "QSystemOne", among others. The researchers have now published their results in the journal "Nature Physics".

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  • Test link for quantum communication between Stadtwerke Jena and Fraunhofer IOF explores highly secure communication / 2022

    (Quantum) Whispers above the rooftops of Jena

    Jena (Germany) / November 23, 2022

    As the crow flies, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is 1.7 kilometers away from the Stadtwerke Jena (engl.: public utilities Jena). Over this distance, the institute is using a test link to research the exchange of quantum keys via free beams, i. e. through the air. With the help of this technology, our communication should become highly secure in the future. During the "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften" (engl.: Long Night of Sciences Jena) on November 25, guests can experience the test link live in action.

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  • Cooperation between partners from Europe and Canada launched / 2022

    HYPERSPACE research project aims to create basis for intercontinental quantum network

    Jena (Germany) / Paris (France) / Vienna (Austria) / Pavia / Padova (Italy) / Québec / Toronto / Waterloo (Canada) / October 17, 2022

    Researchers from Europe and Canada want to jointly create the basis for an intercontinental network for quantum communication. The HYPERSPACE project will focus on the investigation of the distribution of entangled photons via satellite. The research project has now started its three-year term.

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