Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF

Welcome to Fraunhofer IAF

Your partner in III-V semiconductor research. We develop electronic and optoelectronic devices, components, and materials based on semiconductors. Our technologies are used in applications fields such as security, energy, communication, health, and mobility.

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The fifth generation (5G) communications technologies will provide a mobile internet access for various applications in the future: Reaching from innumerable low data rate sensors, as part of the »Internet of Things«, to individual terminals with high data rates, which would be required for video streaming, for example.

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We are researchers and entrepreneurs, visionaries and engineers. With more than 26 000 employees at 72 institutes and facilities, we work together to turn ideas into reality. We look back on what we have achieved and, above all, look to the future.

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Technologies and systems from a single source

Fraunhofer IAF is a participant in the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD)

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Infrared lasers for spectroscopy

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.

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This year’s annual report of Fraunhofer IAF is all about the smallest phenomenon: quantum effects! Read more about it:

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Interview 05/22/2019

»The synergies are perfect for a circuit designer like me.«

In this interview our researcher Fabian Thome talks about 5G, radio astronomy and quantum computing.


News / 05/16/2019

A turbo for energy-saving

In the project »Ultimate GaN« 26 partners from nine countries will conduct research on the next generation of energy-saving chips based on the new semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN).  


Press Release 06/16/19

Quantum Sensors for Industry

The official kick-off event of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project quantum magnetometry, QMag for short, took place in Berlin on May 14, 2019.


Press Release 05/06/2019

Everything on a single chip: GaN power ICs with integrated sensors

Efficient charging of electric vehicles with more compact on-board chargers

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Conference / 19.3.2019

LASER World of Photonics

Fraunhofer IAF presents Real-time IR spectroscopy for measurement systems and spectrally tunable quantum cascade lasers from June 24 - 27, 2019 in Munich.


Fair / 29.09.2019 - 04.10.2019

European Microwave Week 2019

Fraunhofer IAF will present current research results on millimeter wave and terahertz systems at the European Microwave Week in Porte de Versailles, Paris.