The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, UK,  is a world-leading centre in the field of solid-state laser research and development.  We are your external, flexible, R and D resource in laser and optical technologies. 

Fraunhofer CAP is involved in a wide range of photonics applications including energy, security, environmental, sensing, space, lifesciences and quantum technologies.

The core competencies at Fraunhofer CAP extend from applied research and development through to design, testing and characterisation of systems and modules as well as building pre-production prototypes.

Our principle aim is to perform industry driven research to enable new or improved products and processes for industrial partners. Photonics and optical technologies are enabling technologies which address a wide range of markets.


InnovateUK Showcase session at Photon16.  Fraunhofer CAP's headline event this year will take place at Photon16 at the University of Leeds, September 6 and 7.  At our sponsored session you will hear from around 8 of our industiral collaborators on their experiences and success in working with Fraunhofer CAP in projects won through InnovateUK competitions.


In summer 2016 we will be making the latest announcements about new staff, extending our technical expertise and also our core technical offering in laser and sensor systems. Electronic control systems are integral to laser and sensor systems and new dedicated engineering resource is now in place.


Fraunhofer CAP engages widely in a host of laser and optical exhibtions and conferences as well as secotr specific events.  Come along and meet us at these events:


Event Venue Date Fraunhofer exhibiting, comments...
Photonex Scotland
Heriot-Watt University
8th June Exhibiting
Optatec 2016 Frankfurt 7th June 2016 Call us to arrange a meeting
SEAFOM The Hague 14th June 2016 See you there
Europhoton Vienna 21 August 2016  
Photon16 University of Leeds 6 and 7 September 2016 Exhibtiing and hosting a special InnovateUK project partner session
EPSRC Translation Day Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow (our home) 7 September 2016 Our premises are right upstairs from this event, please get in touch if you woudl like to visit us, most welcome.
H2020 Space Infoday Lisbon 14 September 2016  
EASOM 2016 Berlin 26 September 2016  
SPIE DSS Europe Edinburgh 26 September 2016 Exhibiting
Photonex Coventry 12-14 October 2016 Exhibiting
ASSL Boston 31 October 2016
Quantum Technology Showcase
London 2 and 3 November 2016 Exhibiting
Medica Dusseldorf 14- November 2016 Attending this year
2017 2017 2017 2017
Photonics West
San Francisco   Always on our calendar
Photoptics 2017 Lisbon    
Photonics 21 AGM Brussels   Perhaps our favourite networking event, see you there every year!
SPIE DCS 2017 Anaheim    
Sensor and Test 2017 Nurnberg    
Laser Munich/CLEO Europe Munich   Great conference, great exhibition