Fraunhofer IOF

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

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Concave mirror of silicium for extremely short wavelengths.

The Fraunhofer IOF develops solutions with light to cope foremost challenges for the future in the areas energy and environment, information and security, as well as health care and medical technology.
The competences comprise the entire process chain starting with optics and mechanics design via the development of manufacturing processes for optical and mechanical components and processes of system integration up to the manufacturing of prototypes. Focus of research is put on multifunctional optical coatings, micro- and nano- optics, solid state light sources, optical measurement systems, and opto-mechanical precision systems.

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7

07745 Jena


Phone +49 3641 807-0

Fax +49 3641 807-600

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Images out of nowhere

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.
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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«.
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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.
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Hannover Messe 2019: Ultralight metal mirrors through additive manufacturing processes

Scanner mirrors and space born telescope mirrors have one thing in common: Every gram counts. So these are typical cases for light-weight structures. Conventional techniques with back pockets and drilled structures allow for weight reductions of more than 30%. But a dedicated design and an additive manufacturing process enable weight reductions of more than 65%. The team from Fraunhofer IOF uses Selective Laser Melting to manufacture metal mirrors. Such an additive light metal mirror will be exhibited by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF at this year's Hannover Messe from April 1st to 5th.
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