Core Technologies

Core capabilities

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics has a core remit to provide applied research and development which benefits industry. By focussing on applied photonics, an enabling and transformative  technology, which underpins a wide range of products and sectors, Fraunhofer CAP is able to support the innovative use of photonics technology through applied R&D and prototyping.

From optical design services, consulting, specialist services to the photonics industry we also assist those companies who do not have any in-house optical expertise and seek sensing, measuring, imaging or communication technology advice and support, through to design and development of demonstrator and prototype systems.   Beyond demonstration we support the transfer of our designs to production.  Our wide network of industrial partners allows us to ensure that companies have access to the optical processes and products they need.

Unlike other organisations Fraunhofer CAP has in-house expertise in a broad range of laser media and formats.  Our researchers will therefore make use of the light source which best meets your needs, that may be readily available off-the-shelf laser or a something more bespoke and sophisticated to meet your specifications for size, cost, weight and lifetime. 


Solid-state lasers

Fraunhofer CAP designs, develops and prototypes laser systems for real-world compact and robust performance.


Mid-infrared lasers

There are many competing technical routes to generate the more challenging infrared wavelengths. Fraunhofer CAP's expertise across many platforms allows us to choose the best methods for your applications.


Semiconductor Disk Lasers

Achieve the exact wavelength required for your application, with very high quality beam and Watt-level outputs across a very broad range UV to midIR with semiconductor disk lasers.


Fibre photonics

Fibre laser, distributed fibre optic sensors, and the application of fibre systems for a spectrum of uses are within the in-house expertise at Fraunhofer CAP.


Modelling / Design

The optical, thermal, mechanical and electronic perfomance of systems are rigorously modelled and designed within agreed parameters to ensure the best possible outcomes, particularly for higher risk projects.


Feasibility studies

Open Innovation is used by industry in many ways.  Outsourcing higher risk and more ambitious work with Fraunhofer has proven highly cost effective for many companies.