Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Director: Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann

Contact: Dr. Robert Kammel

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena is a leading developer in the field of photonics. We conduct applied research and specialize in innovative optical systems to control light – from the generation and manipulation to its application. We offer services that cover the entire photonic process chain – from opto-mechanical and opto-electronic system design to manufacturing of custom-specific solutions and prototypes. As a key player in the transformation of photonics, our current research activities focus on freeform technologies, micro- and nanotechnologies, fiber laser systems, quantum optics, and optical technologies for safe human-machine interaction.

Photonics has undergone a revolution in the automotive industry in recent years, transitioning from mere lighting functions to providing cutting-edge technology for imaging, sensing, smart displaying, and for media communication networks.  Consequently, photonics has taken on new dimensions far beyond lighting in cars as well as in automotive manufacturing and quality control. It is not surprising that the automotive industry is showing an increased interest in innovative, photonics-based technologies. Myriad growth opportunities spur the lighting market to expand by about 5 percent p.a. An even greater boost is expected for the automotive photonics market.

Fraunhofer IOF transfers research into applicable solutions, offering the complete photonics process chain from system design and simulation, realization of custom-specific solutions to system integration. Thus, we provide our customers with the next generation of innovation in the entire field of photonic applications in cars, automotive technology, and production.

Our customers can benefit from our many years of experience in the field of automotive photonics. The demonstration of our realized solutions will give you an idea for future projects, which we will adjust to meet your individual needs.

We are ready to launch new innovations to realize your ideas.