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  • Car2Human communication at LASER 2023 / 2023

    Replacing hand gestures with holography

    June 01, 2023

    How do you decide whether a pedestrian needs to wait or it’s safe for them to cross the road in front of a car? In today’s world, car drivers and pedestrians simply exchange a brief eye contact or small hand gestures to express their in-tentions to one another. But how will future autonomous cars communicate? Researchers involved in the MaMeK project are seeking to answer that ques-tion. They will be presenting their findings at the LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fair in Munich from June 27 to 30 (Booth 415, Hall A2).

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  • A sustainable way to determine plants’ water needs / 2023

    Satellite technology — sustainable use of water in agriculture

    May 25, 2023

    Water is becoming increasingly scarce. In the future, innovative satellite technology will ensure that plants are given only as much water as they need, leading to a more sustainable use of this essential resource. A prototype of the technology, LisR, has already been tested on the International Space Station (ISS). A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and two spin-offs, constellr GmbH and SPACEOPTIX GmbH, has received the Fraunhofer Prize for Human- and Environment-Centered Technology for this development.

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  • goSCOUT3D enables flexible three-dimensional measurement of complex objects / 2023

    Mobile scanner makes 3D measurement easier to handle

    Jena / Hannover / Stuttgart (Germany) / Yokohama (Japan) / April 11, 2023

    An MTU employee digitizes an engine.
    © MTU Maintenance

    Virtual 3D models of real objects, so called »digital twins«, offer numerous advantages – be it for digitization or in the quality control of industrial manufacturing. But the more complex an object, the more difficult it is to measure its shape and transfer it to a 3D model. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, in collaboration with MTU Maintenance, have now developed a portable sensor that enables particularly flexible 3D capture, for example of aircraft engines. The handheld scanner, called goSCOUT3D, will be presented to the public for the first time at the OPIE’23 trade fairs in Yokohama from April 19 to 21 and at the CONTROL in Stuttgart from May 9 to 12.

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  • Fraunhofer IOF and partners developed measuring instrument GALA / 2023

    Space mission JUICE launches into space with telescope from Jena to explore Jupiter and its moons

    Jena / Oberkochen / Stuttgart (Germany) / Kourou (French-Guayana) / April 05, 2023

    Reflection telescope developed in Jena for the laser altimeter GALA, used in the space mission JUICE.

    On April 13, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its JUICE mission to explore Jupiter and its moons. On board of the spacecraft will be the GALA measuring instrument. It will use laser pulses to measure the surface of the Earth-like moon Ganymede. The instrument was developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena together with the company HENSOLDT Optronics. GALA will be the first "deep space laser altimeter" to be used at a distance of approximately one billion kilometers from Earth.

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  • New production architecture SWAP-IT enables efficient and scalable adaptation of manufacturing processes / 2023

    High-precision mirror manufacturing down to the nanometer with 30% less production time

    Jena / Hanover (Germany) / April 03, 2023

    Flexible robotic arms process a mirror.

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have found a new way to produce high-precision components such as mirror optics in a particularly efficient and scalable manner - while maintaining the highest quality and low costs. To achieve this, they are using a new type of production architecture: SWAP-IT. This is being developed as part of the Fraunhofer SWAP lead project with the aim of making industrial manufacturing processes in the factory of the future more flexible, efficient, and economical. At the Hannover Messe from April 17 to 21, the lead project will be presented with its diverse application possibilities in high-precision mirror manufacturing, among other areas.

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  • Researcher from Jena awarded Hugo Geiger Award for the development of compact high-power EUV source / 2023

    Full EUV power on laboratory scale

    Jena (Germany)  / March 21, 2023

    The future has a color: it is extreme ultraviolet (EUV). With the help of light in this particularly short-wave spectral range, so-called EUV light, it is possible, for example, to produce smaller and more powerful microchips than ever before. But further research faces a problem: Experiments with laser-like EUV light can usually only be conducted at expensive large-scale research facilities. Jena scientist Robert Klas wants to change that. He has developed a compact EUV laser module that can be used to generate this special light much more cost-effectively. Potential applications are possible in semiconductor manufacturing and microscopy. Robert Klas has now been awarded the Hugo Geiger Award for his work.

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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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  • Five teams awarded at the Ideas Pitch 2023 at the "Digital Innovation Hub Photonics" (DIHP) / 2023

    Funding awarded for research ideas in the field of optics and photonics

    Jena (Germany) / January 17, 2023

    To support start-ups and fresh ideas in the field of optics and photonics: That is the goal of the "Digital Innovation Hub Photonics" (DIHP). On January 12, for the fifth time, the Hub invited photonics fans and (prospective) founders to present their innovative research and business projects in an "Elevator Pitch". Awards were given for research ideas that aim to stem the death of bees, for example, but also for projects in bioanalytics or medical technology.

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