The Fraunhofer IOF conducts applied research in the field of photonics and develops innovative optical systems to control light, from generation and manipulation to application.
Ranging from array projectors in the automotive sector to 3D real-time scanners in production and quantum technologies for tap-proof communication, the Fraunhofer - Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF develops innovative solutions with light for a wide variety of applications. To cover the entire photonic process chain, we use our comprehensive competencies in the areas of optical and mechanical system design, micro- and nanostructured optics, opto-mechatronical as well as precision optical components and systems, functional surfaces and coatings, laser and fiber technology, imaging and sensing technology, and future technologies, such as optical quantum technologies. Innovative solutions arise that open up new fields of application for photonics in science and industry. As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, our research is based on a passion for taking on significant challenges and breaking new ground.
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
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The QuNET initiative develops quantum technology for QKD applications. Experts from Fraunhofer IOF and DLR have developed an entangled photon pair source for safe satellite-based quantum communication together with a communication terminal. The source efficiency reaches up to 300.000 pairs/s. The OSIRIS4CubeSat is with its 395g the world’s smallest Laser Communication Terminal, consuming <9W of power, while supporting a data rate of 100Mbit/s.
Based on its expertise in the construction of high-performance metal optics, Fraunhofer IOF is developing within the QuNET initiative an obscuration-free, metal-based, and diffraction-limited telescope. Its scalable aperture allows for various QKD scenarios: terrestrial links, links to flying platforms, or to satellites. Due to its wavelength-independence compared to lens systems, this telescope offers a broad range of applications.
The RAMAN spectrometer, a scientific instrument of a rover to analyze minerals on the surface of Mars, uses a miniaturized and space-qualified laser source. Its core is a green diode-pumped solid-state laser with frequency doubling working at a wavelength of 532 nm and more than 100 mW output power. Though it weighs only 50 g including its housing, the sensitive optical components are constructed to withstand heavy vibrations as well as harsh thermal and radiation conditions.
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