The annual report provides information about the institute in figures, the work of the business units and their scientific projects as well as reporting on selected activities. The current edition was released in March 2018.
Fraunhofer IAF is a worldwide leader in III-V semiconductor research. We offer advice and support for the development of electronic and optoelectronic devices, components, and materials based on semiconductors. Our technologies are deployed in applications fields such as security, energy, communication, health, and mobility.
Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) combine a broad spectral tuning range of more than hundreds of wavenumbers with high spectral brightness. The infrared application laboratory at Fraunhofer IAF aims to bridge the gap between laser source and measurement system development at Fraunhofer IAF and customers.
Millimeter-wave radar system for harsh environments
Due to the harsh environmental conditions in production and manufacturing sensors have to be extremely resistant to thermal radiation, dust, smoke, and steam. Fraunhofer IAF has developed a high-performance millimeter-wave radar system for harsh environments operating at W-band (75 – 110 GHz).
GaN-based circuits reduce losses in power conversion
A more sustainable use of precious energy sources requires advanced approaches to reduce losses in power conversion. Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) is the technology that helps use energy more efficiently. Fraunhofer IAF develops highly efficient power transistors and circuits.