News 08/27/2020

Appointment to “Fritz Hüttinger Professorship for Energy-Efficient Radio-Frequency Electronics”

Deputy Director Dr. Rüdiger Quay accepts call for professorship at INATECH.


News 08/21/2020

The missing piece to the optical coordinate measuring device

Development of the world’s first optical coordinate measuring device for remote and full area measurements of large objects. 


News 28/07/2020

Scalable quantum computers through cryogenic 3D nanoelectronics

Fraunhofer IAF researches innovative electronics for quantum computers within the EU project "SEQUENCE"


News 04/01/2020


The annual report 2019/20 is out! This time we venture a look at the technologies of the future - What will the world of tomorrow look like?


News 03/19/2020

The state of Baden-Württemberg is funding the »Competence Center Quantum Computing«

Funding of up to 40 million euros over the next four years.


News 03/13/2020

IBM and Fraunhofer bring Quantum Computing to Germany

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM announced today the signing of the agreement aimed at advancing quantum computing in Germany.



News 01/30/2020

Working together to advance quantum computing in Europe

About 100 representatives from research, politics and industry took part in the Quantum Computing Workshop at Fraunhofer IAF.


News 12/18/2019

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

We look back on an exciting year and have put toghether some of our highlights of 2019 for you.  


News 11/13/2019

Towards Zero Power Electronics

The lighthouse project »ZePoWel« develops energy-efficient, modular hardware as the basis for IoT. IAF is working on energy-efficient integrated circuits.


News 11/13/2019

“5G” as a key technology for digitization

Video interview: Dr. Rüdiger Quay explains the advantages of “5G” and the differences compared to its predecessors “4G” and UMTS.


News 11/06/2019

Cooperation of Fraunhofer and Rohde & Schwarz for 6G

The collaboration has resulted in a wireless transmit and receive system operating between 270 and 320 GHz.



News 10/30/2019

Fast internet anytime and anywhere

A project consortium is working on the world's first in-orbit verification of a communication link in the E-band.


News 09/26/2019

THz technologies for the wireless extension of fiber optic links

In the research project Terranova, the project partners have achieved a wireless data transmission in real time with a faultless data rate of 100 Gbit/s at a carrier frequency of 300 GHz.


News 07/09/2019

Visions of microelectronics

Our expert Dr. Rüdiger Quay gave a talk on the subject of cryogenic measurement technology at the CEA Leti / Fraunhofer workshop during the SEMICON West conference.


News 06/05/2019

Quantum technology - an innovation driver for industry?

Workshop »Quantum Technology« at Fraunhofer IAF


News 05/16/2019

A turbo for energy savings

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).


News 03/21/2019

A complete success: The »44th Freiburg IR Colloquium«

With a comprehensive program of scientific talks and a record number of more than 100 participants, the workshop offered a platform to discuss the latest findings.


News 02/22/19

Fraunhofer IAF awarded the FamilyLogo

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft honors Fraunhofer IAF for its great commitment and its diverse range of services to help employees reconcile work and family life.


News 02/13/2019


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


News 02/12/19

6.7 million euros for Freiburg research laboratory

The German Ministry for Education and Research is funding a project to develop miniaturized sensors for biomedicine.


News 02/12/19

Quantum Sensors to Understand and Control the Nanoworld

Quantum flagship: a second project involving Fraunhofer IAF has started


News / #WHAT'S NEXT at the Fraunhofer IAF?/ 01/10/19

Welcome 2019

2019 will be a year full of new special moments and events. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft celebrates its 70th birthday and we celebrate with it.


News 12/17/2018

We wish you a wonderful Christmas time!

Quite a bit has happened in 2018 at Fraunhofer IAF. We have collected some of this year’s most interesting moments and give you a little foretaste of what is to come in 2019.


News 12/10/2018

Changes at IAF

Three new Division Directors start at Fraunhofer IAF. In an interview they talk about changes at the institute and their goals for the coming years.


News 11/26/2018

“Actually, IAF is like a Hidden Champion.”

Nicolas Kurz talks about his doctoral project and his dual position at Fraunhofer IAF and the INATECH.  


News 11/21/2018

Markus Weiß receives Best Paper Award

The doctoral student was honored for his paper at the IMWS-5G.


News 10/05/2018

Fraunhofer Taler for Prof. Dr. Joachim Wagner

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


News 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.


News 09/17/2018

Using Gallium Nitride for a Powerful 5G Cellular Network

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


News 09/13/2018

The promotion of young researchers

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


News 08/23/2018

Handheld standoff detection in real time

Dr. Marko Härtelt, head of Application laboratory infrared lasers, will be giving an invited talk about real-time handheld standoff detection at the SPIE Security + Defence.


News 08/20/2018

Filming at IAF - Invitation to FMD Innovation Day

A short video captures four new machines at IAF. It will be shown at the FMD Innovation Day, to which we cordially invite you.


News 08/10/2018

New Deputies at Fraunhofer IAF

Fraunhofer IAF has two new deputy directors since July 1, 2018: Dr. Rüdiger Quay and Dr. Jutta Kühn.


News / 16.05.2018

Quality Management at Fraunhofer IAF

The head of quality management Dr. Harald Müller offers an insight into the working of a quality management system at a research institute.


News / 02.05.2018

In conversation with Thomas Trendle

In this interview, Thomas Trendle talks about the role of precision mechanics at Fraunhofer IAF and describes the process from the first idea to a finished piece.


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.


News / 09.04.2018

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.


News / 19.3.2018

Review of GeMiC 2018 in Freiburg

According to the motto »Riding the Green Waves«, scientists and engineers from all over the world presented their research results in the fields of microwave and radar technology at this year's German Microwave Conference.


News 03/14/18

Science for Costumers

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.


News / 30.1.2018

German Microwave Conference

Research meets industry – exchange and networking at the GeMiC 2018.


News / 22.1.2018

In conversation with Jutta Kühn

In this interview, Jutta Kühn talks about her work as the head of the microelectronics department and about the challenge to work part-time.


News / 20.10.2017

Of highly sensitive Satellites and the passion for research

In the interview Markus Rösch speaks about how his team has developed highly sensitive amplifiers for the ESA and when the satellites will be launched into space.


News / 05.10.2017

Terranova – Thinking beyond a network standard

With the combination of wireless links and fiber optics, the project Terranova is taking a step towards future data networks beyond the 5G standard.


News / 18.7.2017

Diamond lenses make laser optics significantly lighter

Diamond lenses make it possible to reduce weight of the cutting head by more than 90% in comparison to cutting heads with conventional optics.


News / 15.5.2017

Doctorate: first complete GaN-based tri-gate technology

Erdin Ture explains in the interview what excites him about his research topic.



News / 10.05.2017

Science for customers – leading the way together with our partners

The new Annual Report presents examples of the Fraunhofer IAF research activities.


News / 17.4.2017

Strengthening core competencies, and establishing the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

Interview with the two new acting directors about their plans for 2017.


News / 4.4.2017

»43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium«

More than 130 infrared experts visited Freiburg.



News / 30.03.17

Research project AQUARIUS: Testing water quality in real-time

Sensors based on tunable quantum cascade lasers to continuously monitor water quality.


News / 16.3.2017

Higher Energy efficiency with gallium nitride

EU project GaNonCMOS aims to bring GaN power electronic materials, devices and systems to the next level of maturity.


News / 10.3.2017

Climate, environment and security – the infrared technology offers solutions

43rd Freiburg Infrared Colloquium at Fraunhofer IAF


News / 11.1.2017

Higher ranges with less energy: mobile with gallium nitride

In order to turn emission-free driving over long distances into an achievable goal, new technologies based on modern semiconductor materials are being developed.


News / 2.1.2017

Change in Institute Management 

After almost ten years as Institute Director, Prof. Dr. Oliver Ambacher has left the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF on 31 December 2016.