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  • New hope in the fight against cancer: A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has worked closely with Varian Medical Systems (Fraunhofer IOF’s industrial partner) to develop a novel system for tumor radiotherapy, which improves cancer patients’ chances of recovery. The scientists behind the project were awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the overall system, which is ready for production.

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  • German satellite aims to support climate protection / 2022

    Environmental mission EnMAP: Fraunhofer IOF contributed mirrors for the first German hyperspectral satellite

    May 05, 2022

    Recently, the first hyperspectral satellite developed and built in Germany was launched into space. Its name: EnMAP. In the future, it will analyze Earth’s environment from space, making visible not only the consequences of climate change but also potential natural hazards. A total of eleven mirrors and various optical layers for telescope and spectrometer optics were manufactured for this mission at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena. One month after the launch, the first images from space are now available.

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  • Fraunhofer technology in the ExoMars 2022 mission / 2022

    Miniaturized laser systems to seek out traces of life in space

    April 01, 2022

    Was there life on Mars? This is the question that the European Space Agency (ESA) is setting out to answer with its ExoMars mission. The mission, in which Russia is a participant, is scheduled to launch this fall, although recent political developments have raised questions as to whether this will be possible. Part of the mission is an exciting analytical system that was designed to operate in space and was created as part of the research work conducted at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. The Jena-based researchers developed the miniaturized laser module for the Exo-Mars Rover's mobile laboratory. The institute will present this Raman spectrometer, which is fitted with a diode-pumped solid-state laser and is the size of a 50-cent coin, at the LASER World of Photonics in Munich from April 26 to 29.

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  • LASER World of PHOTONICS / 2022

    Fraunhofer showcasing innovations at the World of Quantum

    March 31, 2022

    The World of Quantum is celebrating its premiere this year at the world's leading trade fair for photonics. The LASER trade fair is thus taking the rapidly growing market for quantum technologies into account. From April 26 to 29, several Fraunhofer institutes will be presenting their latest developments in this field and their respective areas of application in Hall A4, Booth 180.

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  • Jena researchers receive 12.6 million euros in funding / 2022

    Research funding for photonic quantum chips

    Ditzingen / Vaihingen / Munich / Jena (Germany) / March 17, 2022

    The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a consortium led by the Stuttgart-based quantum start-up Q.ANT with 45 million euros. The consortium partners are contributing a further eight million euros. The funding will be used to build a demonstration and test facility for photonic quantum computer chips and other quantum computing components. The consortium also includes the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. Both are taking on development tasks worth 12.6 million euros in the project.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe Preview 2022 / 2022

    The robot has the view

    March 16, 2022

    Capturing transparent objects in three dimensions is a major challenge. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF have developed a sensor that is able to solve this problem. The system has now been successfully tested for the first time with a robot. Applications in large-scale industrial manufacturing processes such as the semiconductor or automotive industry could be possible. The sensor will be featured at the Han-nover Messe Preview on March 16 and at the German trade fairs Control from May 3 – 6, as well as Hannover Messe from May 30 – June 2, 2022.

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  • BMBF-funded research alliance “3Dsensation” comes to an end after eight years and presents diverse systems / 2022

    3D technologies for human-machine interaction

    Jena / February 01, 2022

    Making human-machine interaction more efficient and safer with the help of innovative 3D technologies – that was the goal of the “3Dsensation” research alliance. After eight years, the joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) with 45 million euros, is now coming to an end. Together, the partners from research, industry and business can look back on groundbreaking developments within the alliance – such as health monitoring for newborns, forgery-proof personal identification or merchandise management in retail.

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  • Fraunhofer lighthouse project presents results in the field of quantum imaging / 2022

    "QUILT" pushes the boundaries of optics

    January 03, 2022

    Quantum mechanically entangled light particles break down the boundaries of conventional optics and allow a glimpse into previously invisible wavelength ranges, thus bringing about new possibilities for imaging techniques, microscopy and spectroscopy. Unearthing these possibilities and creating technological solutions was the goal of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project QUILT.

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  • Fraunhofer IOF developed high-precision mirrors for largest space observatory of mankind to date / 2021

    James Webb Space Telescope launches with optics from Jena on board into space

    Jena (Germany) / French Guiana (South America)  / December 15, 2021

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    It is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever launched into space: the James Webb Space Telescope. On December 22, it will begin its journey to the stars. The telescope is expected to provide groundbreaking insights into scientific remote sensing and the early history of the universe - and perhaps even discover life in space. On board: high-precision mirrors manufactured at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Germany.

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  • Fraunhofer IOF and HENSOLDT Optronics develop optical telescope to explore Jupiter's moon Ganymede / 2021

    High-performance metal optics awarded Lothar Späth Award

    Jena / Oberkochen / Stuttgart (Germany) / November 25, 2021

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, together with their partner, have been awarded the Lothar Späth Award 2021 for the development of metal-optical precision instruments. The high-performance telescope GALA is to be used in the ESA JUICE mission planned for 2023 to explore Jupiter's moon Ganymede. The award ceremony took place on November 19 in Stuttgart, Germany.

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