About Fraunhofer CAP

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


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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. Consistent with the Fraunhofer model, training of PhD and EngD students is a fundamental part of our mission.

In the first few years of trading, the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics delivered many tens of 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:

  • Novel laser sources including OPO systems, mid-IR, solid-state, Raman,
  • Fibre optic and semiconductor disk lasers
  • CW and Pulsed Laser Sources – including ultrafast systems
  • 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
  • Health and Lifesciences
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Sensing
  • Security
  • Defence

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

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

  • strategic partnerships
  • technology roadmapping
  • contract research
  • collaborative research (Horizon 2020, Innovate UK),
  • consultancy,
  • feasibility studies
  • and student training