Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM

Measuring | Monitoring | Optimizing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM develops tailor-made measuring techniques and systems for industry. Many years of experience with optical technologies form the basis for high-tech solutions in the fields of production control, object and shape detection, gas and process technology as well as thermal energy converters.


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Production Control

We analyze surfaces and 3D structures of components quickly and with micrometer precision. This means that 100 percent production control in real-time is possible.


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Object and
Shape Detection

We detect the three-dimensional shape and position of objects and large structures at high speed and with high precision. Measurements are taken predominantly from moving platforms.


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Gas and Process

We develop and manufacture measurement systems for gas and liquid analysis which feature high precision and reliability even under extreme conditions. The scope ranges from laser spectrometers for exhaust gas analysis to energy-efficient gas sensor for  food quality monitoring.


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Thermal Energy

We manufacture and optimize materials with special physical properties. These materials form the basis for systems for magnetic cooling or thermoelectric energy harvesting.


Integrated optical light sources for ion trap quantum computing

Quantum computing and neuromorphic computing are expected to take on computationally intensive tasks in the future. However, the step up from lab to real-world application for this next generation computing is yet to be realized, which is why the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) has joined forces with the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in order to harness its expertise in the field of photonics.
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Compact system for topographical measurement of shallow bodies of water

The topography of bodies of water can be measured from the air using laser scanners. Laser bathymetry brings a number of advantages compared with using an echo sounder or other optical methods. As part of the ACQUA-3D research project, a team at Fraunhofer IPM is cooperating with the University of Stuttgart and application partners EOMAP GmbH and Geo Group GmbH to develop a particularly small and lightweight bathymetric measurement system for use on UAVs, for the particular application of measuring shallow bodies of water.
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The city as a digital twin

Constructing or planning complex urban environments requires a solid data basis. But the available planning data is often obsolete and incomplete. This is why Fraunhofer IPM and GmbH have joined forces to develop a process for creating a digital twin of urban environments quickly and with deep granularity. The idea behind the MuSiS research project is that measurement systems installed on taxis, busses and streetcars record their environment while the vehicles drive along their usual route, constantly collecting up-to-date data.
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Marker-free component tracking achieves 99.95 percent identification rate in production

To improve industrial production processes, it is important to be able to assign production data to individual components. The Track & Trace Fingerprint technology developed by Fraunhofer IPM makes it possible to trace components without marking. The concept also proves to be extremely reliable in production environments, as has now been demonstrated in a pilot production facility at research partner Bosch.
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Annual Report 2020/2021


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Our address

Georges-Köhler-Allee 301
79110 Freiburg, Germany


Phone + 49 761 8857 0
Fax + 49 761 8857 224


How to reach us

Since August 2020, we are located in the immediate vicinity of the University of Freiburg's technical campus.



May 16, 2022

Note on cooperation in the face of the corona pandemic

All protective measures are lifted.