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

Latest News


QUILT Autumn School »Quantum-Enhanced Imaging and Spectroscopy«

Within the Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions), the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF from Jena, Germany, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM from Freiburg, Germany, will organize an Autumn School on Quantum-Enhanced Imaging & Spectroscopy at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, from September 9-12, 2018.
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Fraunhofer Develops New Generation of Lasers

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is launching a highly ambitious undertaking: the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCES”. The cluster aims to achieve international technological leadership in laser systems that reach maximum performance with ultrashort pulses (USP), as well as researching their potential applications, all in cooperation with Fraunhofer partners. The new systems are proposed to surpass all previous USP lasers by one order of magnitude in average laser power. At the same time, the partners are working on the required system technology as well as promising applications in industry and research.
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Stifterverband Science Prize 2018 Free-form: quality leap in optical systems

Optical free-form systems enable new applications with an extremely compactdesign. Due to the complex technology involved, the production of appropriate solutions was previously impossible or too expensive. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has further developed the technology to market maturity. Through collaboration with partners, a comprehensive technology platform has been created.
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Quantum Technology for Advanced Imaging – QUILT

Selected preparation, control and use of individual photons and quantum states for modern applications – in October 2017, six Fraunhofer Institutes launched a new lighthouse project: QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging Solutions). The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have begun to develop robust, marketable photon sources for imaging processes based on quantum technology. Conceivable areas of application can be found in medical or measuring technology, in which new areas of the electromagnetic spectrum can be tapped and the limits of imaging extended.
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