The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF designs and develops optical and precision-engineering processes, modules, equipment and systems. Activities focus in particular on optical coatings, microsystems and integrated optical systems and precision-engineering assemblies and systems.
The requisite manufacturing processes are available for the development of ultra-stable coating systems meeting the highest requirements in the visible and ultraviolet range of the spectrum for wavelengths down to below 10 nm and energy densities of up to 30 J / cm². Micro-optical and integrated-optical components developed at the IOF based on plastics, glass and silicon are used in industry. Miniaturized opto-mechanical systems such as beam scanners, high-speed multiplex switches and modulators as well as passive and active micro-optical components have applications in telecommunications, data communications, sensor systems, production technology, medicine and environmental engineering. The processes are used in industry for contactless 3D coordinate measurement and surface defect recognition.
The development of optical assembly techniques and production manipulators primarily for miniaturized optical processes is geared to the requirements of the Institute´s industrial partners. Work undertaken includes device-integrated measurement and testing, prototype development and the production of test series. As a result industrial clients can improve their production techniques and create new products for the market. The Institute receives funding from projects sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Thuringian Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (TMWFK) and under international projects implemented by the European Union.
The Institute employs approx. 100 staff and has around 5 000 m² of office and laboratory space for handling research contracts.
Fraunhofer-Institut Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik
Further information: http://www.iof.fraunhofer.de