Center of Excellence in Photonics

The "Center of Excellence in Photonics" is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Leibniz Institutes HKI and IPHT, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena.

It develops new solutions with light for important future fields and promotes their implementation and application in science, industry and society. In order to achieve this, the performance center combines application-oriented research and innovative development with scientifically excellent fundamental research on the control of light - from its generation and manipulation to its application.

The next stage in the development of photonics is characterized by intelligent system solutions. The increasing convergence with semiconductor technology not only leads to further development of the photonic products themselves, but above all to intelligent interconnections and system integrations of individual components to form a problem-solving entity.


In its activities, the Center of Excellence focuses on the following fields of application:

  • Information and communication technology
  • Production
  • Automotive industry
  • Aerospace
  • Security
  • Healthcare and environment
  • Fundamental and applied research

The Center of Excellence in Photonics actively engages a close partnership with industry and science and takes on the challenge of establishing new models of collaboration.


Essential tools are:

  • Industry Sabbatical Program
  • Open Labs Initiative
  • Key projects in the areas of fiber laser development, highly dynamic optical sensor technology and next-generation projection and imaging systems
  • Fraunhofer Graduate Research School of Applied Photonics