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Experten des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik in Jena haben eine neue satellitengestützte Quelle für verschränkte Photonen entwickelt. Solche verbundenen oder »verschränkten« Photonen kommen bei sicheren Verschlüsselungstechnologien zum Einsatz. Von der Photonenquelle aus werden über Faserleitungen oder den freien Raum eine Reihe von Photonen an einen oder zwei Empfänger versendet. Nachdem diese umgewandelt wurden, dienen die Photonen als Schlüssel zur Kodierung der ursprünglichen Nachricht. Diesen Vorgang nennt man Quanten-Schlüssel-Verteilung (QKD). Die QKD-Technologie wird Teil einer neuen Generation weltraumgestützter Lasersysteme sein, die eine sicherere und schnellere Kommunikation zwischen Satelliten sowie zwischen Satelliten und Bodenstationen ermöglicht. Experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, developed a new satellite-based source for entangled photons. Twinned or »entangled« photons can be used for secure encryption. A quantum photon source may send a series of photons to one or two receivers through fibers or free space, and after some processing, the series may serve as a key for the encryption of the actual message. This is called quantum key distribution (QKD). QKD technology will be part of a new generation of space-based laser systems that will allow faster and more secure communication among satellites and between satellites and ground stations. Stable sources for polarization or wavelength entangled photons - Applicable to quantum imaging | quantum key distribution (QKD) - Suitable for harsh environments (vacuum, space) - Providing key parameters (brightness, efficiency, visibility) Polarization-entangled photon source - Based on a Sagnac-interferometer - Spontaneous parametric down-conversion - Bulk periodically poled potassium titanyl phosphate crystal - Visibility: > 98 % - Pumping power: ca. 5 mW - Entangled photon pairs per second: > 300.000

Photonics Manager Compact

International Professional Development "Photonics Manager Compact”#

In this advanced training, managers can acquire the latest top knowledge and trends in the most important areas of photonics directly from international research in a compact form.

Together with lecturers from the “Abbe-Center of Photonics” of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, renowned scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute IOF offer their know-how in areas such as laser technologies, coatings, optical measuring systems, optical quantum technologies and optical design. Innovative techniques as well as their applications and trends will be taught and complemented with management methods.



Course dates


September 6 – September 10, 2021



Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7
07745 Jena


2450,- Euro



Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

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The advanced training course at a glance#

“Fraunhofer Certificate PHOTONICS MANAGER COMPACT” from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
date and duration

September 6 – September 10, 2021; 5 days (partly bookable separately)
Language English
number of participants
course organisation

September 6 – September 10, 2021 at Fraunhofer IOF in Jena



2450 € (complete 5-day program, including 4 evening events)

2300 € early bird ticket (until 04/30/2021)


Note on the current situation:

If the course cannot be held as an in-person event due to the pandemic, we will offer the program online via Microsoft Teams.

More information on the Fraunhofer IOF website.



Target group#


The advanced trainig is aimed at:  

  • Emerging leaders as well as executives who actively tackle the challenges of the transforming photonics industry and photonics innovations in their companies
  • Managers for innovation, strategy, IT, HR or product development within the photonics industry






Description of the program

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF offers a unique, professional development program that provides you with a broad overview of the latest developments and prospects in photonics for your business. The English-language 5-day “Photonics Manager Compact” program – which can also be booked in separate packages – will equip you with the technology and leadership skills needed to address the ongoing challenges in the photonics industry and to comprehend, guide, and implement processes and methods to increase long-term effectiveness.

The program covers the key topics from current challenges in the photonics market. It consists of two different module complexes: “Future of Photonics” and “Future of Leadership in Photonics”.


Future of Photonics (3 days)

New technologies alter traditional business models regardless of the industry. Knowing these technologies and their business implications are fundamental for optimizing relevant process chains. Learn about the latest trends and developments in photonics from the experts at Fraunhofer IOF and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

The “Future of Photonics” module consists of the following parts:

  • Future of Photonics Markets & Perspectives of Laser Technology
  • Next-Generation Integrated Photonics
  • Advanced Optical Systems & Design

Future of Leadership in Photonics (2 days)

Leadership forms the backbone of an organization. In order to maneuver successfully in rapidly changing and complex environments, a systematic view is needed. Experience the human-centered approaches and positive mindset of appreciative leadership and appreciative organizational development while taking into account the special characteristics of the photonics industry.

The “Future of Leadership Photonics” module consists of the following two parts:

  • Appreciative Leadership
  • Appreciative Organizational Development

Laboratory tours and evening events with guest speakers complement the technical teaching units.


Structure of the program#

Within one week, participants will be provided with appropriate program content that deals with the different areas of photonics: The program content is rounded off with appropriate laboratory visits and evening guest lectures and dinner.

To the program

Future of Photonics*

Day 1: Future of Photonics Markets and Perspectives of Laser Technology*

  • Photonics - Key technologies for the markets of the future
  • Application perspectives and trends of ultrashort lasers: From fundamentals to volume production
  • Emerging trends in laser and fiber technology
  • Laboratory tour
  • Evening event with guest lecture

Day 2: Next-Generation Integrated Photonics*

  • Novel avenues in microstructured optical components - from the consumer market to space applications
  • Basics and trends of photonic quantum technology
  • Functional surfaces and coatings - overview and trends
  • Laboratory tour
  • Evening event with guest lecture

Day 3: Advanced Optical Systems & Design*

  • Design strategies for freeform optical components - basics and trends
  • State-of-the-art and trends of optical measuring techniques and systems
  • Prospects, challenges and new ways of complex optical systems packaging
  • Laboratory tour
  • Evening event with guest speaker

Future of Leadership in Photonics*

Day 4: Appreciative leadership

  • Principles and foundations
  • Effectiveness of leadership
  • Application of new concepts in practice
  • Evening event with guest lecture

Day 5: Appreciative organizational development

  • Principles and foundations of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Brave New Work
  • Organizational learning

* also separately bookable


More details on the website.

Further information and online booking



The professional development program to become a “Photonics Manager Compact” offers you the following benefits:

  • Acquire up-to-date knowledge about innovative methods and processes at various points of the photonics process chain: from macro and micro optics to nano and quantum optics
  • Discover processes and methods in the field of photonics to increase efficiency
  • Familiarize yourself with solutions from various industries and receive suggestions for your innovation processes
  • Benefit from identifying trends for the next 3 to 5 years
  • Gain the opportunity for a close exchange among executives of the photonics industry