About Fraunhofer CAP


Lasers and Laser Systems

OUr first Business Unit provides laser and laser system development services for industry, from cuttgin edge laser design to pre-production prototype and field testing of robust optical systems



Quantum Technologies

Quantum Technologies

QT is a hot topic with major investments from many Governments around the world.  Fraunhofer CAP has a leading position in the UK's Innovate UK programmes, ESA work, contracts with academic groups and industry. 

Fraunhofer CAP offers professional applied R and D services to industry

Fraunhofer CAP offers professional R&D services to industry as a flexible and practical resource that responds to companies’ needs in the development of photonic technologies. 

We design and develop novel laser sources and optical systems for sensing, measuring, communications and imaging.

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics has delivered over 150 research projects for a host of industrial partners. Fraunhofer CAP also won many Innovate UK and European projects leveraging the R and D capability of all our customers and collaborators. In these projects there is also a large leverage of funding and access to expertise for all. The evidence of our success is the growing base of repeat customers and multiple collaborations.

Fraunhofer CAP offers a wide range of expertise and knowledge as well as fully equipped research laboratories.

Main areas of current expertise include:

  • Precision laser sources for quantum technologies
  • Novel laser sources from the ultraviolet to the mid Infrared
  • CW and Pulsed Laser Sources – including ultrafast systems
    Fibre optic, solid-state and semiconductor disk lasers
  • Sensing and imaging systems
  • Measurement and instrumentation
  • Integrated fibre photonics
  • Waveguides and plasmonics.

Market sectors already well served by Fraunhofer CAP include:

  • Quantum Technologies
  • Space
  • Lifesciences
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental sensing
  • Security and Defence

Fraunhofer CAP is part of the global Fraunhofer network and accesses a very wide range of expertise from Fraunhofer network of Institutes and Centres.

Fraunhofer employs a wide range of mechanisms with which it works with companies. These include:

  • contract research
  • strategic partnerships
  • technology roadmapping
  • collaborative research (Horizon Europe, Innovate UK)
  • consultancy
  • feasibility studies

  • and postgraduate student training

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (Fraunhofer CAP) was established in 2012 as the first UK Fraunhofer Research Centre, in collaboration with our partner institute Fraunhofer IAF, Freiburg and the University of Strathclyde.



A responsible business

Fraunhofer CAP has joined the Race to Zero, promotes fair business practices, Fair Work First, encourages inclusion, diversity, eaquality and accessability in STEM and in all roles.