Fraunhofer at the world's leading photonics trade fair

Hall A4, Booth 180

Hall A6, Booth 441

Halle B4, Booth 239


Fraunhofer Press Tour

Wednesday, 27th April 2022, 12.30 - 14.00 pm


Press Releases


Fraunhofer showcasing innovations at the World of Quantum

The World of Quantum is celebrating its premiere this year at the world's leading trade fair for photonics. The LASER trade fair is thus taking the rapidly growing market for quantum technologies into account. From April 26 to 29, several Fraunhofer institutes will be presenting their latest developments in this field and their respective areas of application in Hall A4, Booth 180.


Miniaturized laser systems to seek out traces of life in space

Was there life on Mars? This is the question that the European Space Agency is setting out to answer with its ExoMars mission. The mission, in which Russia is a participant, is scheduled to launch this fall, although recent political developments have raised questions as to whether this will be possible. Researchers from the Fraunhofer IOF developed the miniaturized laser module for the ExoMars Rover's mobile laboratory.


Taking the fight to microplastics with lasers

Until now, wastewater treatment plants have not been able to sufficiently filter out tiny microplastics in wastewater, but this could soon change: The first laser-drilled microplastic filter is being tested in a wastewater treatment plant. It contains sheets with extremely small holes. The technology to efficiently drill millions of such holes was developed at the Fraunhofer ILT. Now the institute is scaling up ultrashortpulse laser technology in the kW range. 


Speed meets precision: A new laser scanning microscope improves cancer cell detection

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a very fast technology for determining whether a tumor has been fully removed - before the patient even leaves the operating theater. Using a combination of laser scanning microscopy and fluorescent tumor markers, doctors can detect any remaining cancer cells immediately after operations.


Optical coherence tomography for more stable and safer laser processing

In laser processes, deviations in the laser's parameters quickly lead to serious defects in the component, which is why it is ideally necessary to react immediately. The Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen has developed a modular system based on optical coherence tomography that can detect deviations during laser processing.


Fit for the Leap into the Quantum Age

Ready for quantum technologies: The Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS supports companies in preparing for the challenges and the changes of the quantum age. For this purpose, the scientists have developed the "IAIS Evo Annealer" with which companies, e.g. from the field of logistics, finance or production, can already use the potential of quantum technologies today without having to access a quantum computer.


HICLAD® enables resilient laser cladding with high-power laser

High-power diode lasers with outputs of ten or more kilowatts open new application scenarios for laser cladding. Particularly sustainable and resource-efficient coatings can be produced and applied, for example in automotive, machine construction and other industries. Together with industrial partners, the Fraunhofer IWS has developed applications and specific processes for this laser class to industry readiness.

Fraunhofer IKS at the joint booth of the »World of Quantum«

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS will present a so-called hybrid quantum-classical convolutional neural network at the joint booth of the »World of Quantum«. Conventional convolutional neural networks are widely used in image recognition, but require large amounts of data to train, especially for very complex tasks. In contrast, at the demonstrator we show how a quantum computing-based variant of this can learn a typical problem from medical diagnostics.


Inline-capable spectroscopic 100% inspection for industrial quality assurance and process control

Companies from the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry in particular depend on meeting the highest quality requirements while at the same time optimizing production processes. For such applications, Fraunhofer IAF has developed an integrable measurement system.


Highly sensitive quantum magnetometers on their way to industry

Fraunhofer IAF develops quantum magnetometers based on diamond. They are able to detect magnetic fields with a spatial resolution of a few nanometers down to single electron and nuclear spins. Due to the physical material properties, diamond quantum magnetometers operate at room temperature, which is ideal for industrial applications.


Optical packages for encapsulating components at wafer level

New technology kit enables extended functionalities


Fraunhofer ISIT develops MEMS scanner for wide-angle LIDAR systems

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an indispensable key technology in the development of autonomous driving cars. LIDAR systems use emitted laser beams to very accurately detect their surroundings and generate a precise image.