Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF)

Research and development at Fraunhofer IOF in Jena, Germany focuses on optical systems technology with an emphasis on continually improving the control of light from generation via guiding and manipulation up to its application. The institute’s core activities are in multifunctional optical coatings, optical measurement systems, micro-optical systems, systems for the characterization of optics, opto-mechanical systems like fiber laser and assembling technologies. Applying the broad knowledge in these business fields the institute is a competent partner to the local, national and international industry and is also supplier to the public sector. A cooperative membership in different competence networks and alliances ensures the successful operation in the market. Clients of Fraunhofer IOF come from different markets such as information and communication, lighting, transportation and traffic, production, medical technique, environmental and safety engineering. The work on contracts includes the development of prototypes and testing. Ca. 250 employees are working in a modern institute building covering approximately 5000 m² laboratory and office area. The annual turnover of Fraunhofer IOF in 2016 was approx. 27 Mio. €. A close collaboration with the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena exists; the two institutes together form a center of competence (“Leistungszentrum”) for “Solutions with Light”. The institute’s outstanding competence in optical design, micro-and nano-structuring, system integration and ultra-precise machining allows Fraunhofer IOF e.g. to deliver telescope components, space spectrometer systems, space-proved laser systems, and quantum communication devices made by hybrid or for space born and earth bound application.

team members

Erik Beckert

Erik Beckert received a diploma in precision engineering in 1997 and a PhD in Engineering in 2005, both from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. Being with Fraunhofer IOF since 2001 he is now head of the department “Optomechatronical Components and Systems”, where the integration of quantum hardware for communication, imaging and computing is one major focus of the department’s R&D activities.

Daniel Rieländer

Daniel Rieländer studied Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt and hold a PhD in Photonics from ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona (2016). The topic of his Thesis was: “Quantum Light Source Compatible with Solid-State Quantum Memories and Telecom Networks”. After his PhD DR went to Pasadena, CA, (USA) for a postdoctoral position at Jet Propulsion Laboratories before he returned to Germany. He is an employee of Fraunhofer IOF since 2019.

Marta Gilaberte Basset

After getting her Diploma in Physics from Universitat de Barcelona, she did a master’s in aerospace technology at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Worked as research engineer on quantum sources at ICFO (Barcelona), and for 5 years in the laser manufacturer company Monocrom SL developing a laser source for the ESA ExoMars mission. She is currently working as a researcher in the field of Quantum Imaging at the Fraunhofer IOF in Jena.

André Luiz Marques Muniz

André Luiz Marques Muniz received his BSc. and MSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações (INATEL) in Brazil. He is also a Ph.D. candidate (all but dissertation) in Physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, focusing on Quantum optics and photonics. Currently, he holds a research associate position in Fraunhofer IOF in Jena, Germany, with research focused on multipartite Quantum communication, GHz-optoelectronic-based QKD, and Quantum-safe encryption. He has already published 8 papers in high-class scientific journals and two patents.

Rodrigo Gomez

Rodrigo Gomez is a researcher in the Quantum Technologies Group at Fraunhofer IOF and PhD Candidate at the Abbe School of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. His research focusses on highly-efficient quantum light sources and protocols for multi-partite quantum communication and remote sensing.

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