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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Upper organisation
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Research Center

Beutenberg Campus Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7
07745 Jena


The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena conducts applied research in the field of photonics and develops innovative optical systems to control light - from the generation and manipulation to its application. The services offered by the Institute covers the entire photonic process chain from opto-mechanical and opto-electronic system design to manufacturing of custom-specific solutions and prototypes.

Current focuses of our research activities include freeform technologies, micro- and nanotechnologies, fiber laser systems and optical technologies for safe human-machine interaction. The Institute is active in its business fields Optical Components and Systems, Precision Engineering Components and Systems, Functional Optical Surfaces and Layers, Photonic Sensors and Measuring Systems, and Lasers. The core competencies of the Institute include Design and Simulation, Micro and Nano-structuring, Optics and Photonics Materials, Coating and Surface Functionalization, Diamond-Based Ultra-Precision Processing, Materials Processing Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses, Micro-Assembly and System Integration, Laser Development and Non-Linear Optics, and Measurement Methods and Characterization.

Clients of the Fraunhofer IOF come from the information and communications, lighting, transport, production, life sciences, food, medical technology, environmental and safety engineering markets.

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Contact Person
Dr-Ing Erik Beckert
Group Leader
+49 3641 807 338
is SME contact

The unique range of outstanding technical equipment is an essential basis for successful research and development work at IOF.From ultra-precise diamond tools via an ultramodern electron beam lithography system to comprehensive metrology, the Fraunhofer IOF is home of excellently equipped laboratories with an area of 2,550 m^2. This includes an 860 m^2 class 10,000 to 10 clean room, a mechanical workshop and an extensive experimental area for testing and demonstrations.


- Science and technologiy
- Study / initial design / Simulation
- Proof of concept / Lab testing of basic experimental set-up/ Characterisation
- Component/ breadboard / process development and testing
- Prototyping (integrated system/ sub-system) development and testing
- Pilot line / demonstration line / preseries
- Product validation / certification

Service for Industry and SMEs