Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics

Technologies and systems from a single source

Fraunhofer IAF is 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 reporting on selected activities. The current 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 deployed 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 04/17/2018

New developments in high frequency electronics

Dr. Dirk Schwantuschke will talk about »mm-Wave Operation of AlN/GaN-Devices« at the 22nd Microwave and Radar Conference in Poznan, Poland.


Press release 04/10/18

Millimeter-wave radars for efficient industrial sensors

Radars make the invisible visible. Researchers at Fraunhofer IAF have developed a compact W-band radar module for use in industrial sensors.


News 04/09/2018

A diet for IoT

In the Internet of Things (IoT), electronics have to perform as energy-efficiently as possible. Sensors and their power consumption behavior play an important role in this regard.


Press release 03/22/18

Drug or duplicate?

Imagine holding two medications in your hands that appear exactly the same, one being the original, the other one being a counterfeit. Can you distinguish them?

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Analytica 2018

From 10th to 13th April Fraunhofer IAF will present its latest quantum cascade laser technologies for the real-time spectroscopy of solid and liquid substances.


Hannover Messe 2018

A selection of its latest high-frequency electronics will be presented by the Fraunhofer IAF from 23 to 27 April at the world's leading trade fair for industry.

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EUMW 2018

From September 23 to 28, 2018 Fraunhofer IAF will present the latest research results for millimeter wave and terahertz systems at the EUMW's accompanying fair.

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MBE Workshop 2018

The German MBE Workshop will take place at Fraunhofer IAF from 11 to 12 October. It is a combination of a scientific workshop and a concurrent exhibition.