Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics

Technologies and systems from a single source

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

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Annual Report 2017

The annual report provides information about the institute in figures, the work of the business units and their scientific projects as well as our current activities. The newest edition was released in March 2018.

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Leading worldwide in III-V semiconductors

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 used in applications fields such as security, energy, communication, health, and mobility.

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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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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).

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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.

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News 10/05/2018

Fraunhofer Thaler for Prof. Dr. Joachim Wagner

After 33 years of work at Fraunhofer IAF, Joachim Wagner was honored at a festive colloquium.


Press Release 09/25/2018

Measuring Smallest Magnetic Fields in the Brain Using
Diamond and Laser Technology

Quantum sensors – Fraunhofer IAF launches a project for medical applications.


Presse Release 09/17/2018

Using Gallium Nitride for a Powerful 5G Cellular Network

Fraunhofer IAF takes part in the joint EU project »5G GaN2«.


News 09/13/2018

Promoting young researchers

In this interview, Philipp Döring talks about the dual doctoral position at Fraunhofer IAF and the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH).

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Conference / 19.3.2019

Freiburg Infrared Colloquium 2019

This conference brings together scientists, development engineers and users of infrared lasers and detectors. More info and details about the registration:

Fair / 1.4.2019

Hannover Messe

Take a real-time look at the inner workings of packaged goods with us at Hannover Messe 2019. Our millimeter-wave radar makes the invisible become visible.

Fair / 24.6.2019

World of Photonics

Learn about our real-time spectroscopy using miniaturized external cavity quantum cascade lasers.