Fraunhofer AZOM

Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies (AZOM)

Fraunhofer AZOM unites requirements of regional economy with novel research approaches in the fields of optical metrology, image processing and bio-photonics.

The scientists focus their effort on the quick and direct transfer of research results into customized application solutions for industrial processes.

Research services for industry

Fraunhofer AZOM offers companies services in the development and testing of industrial-suited optical measurement methods for various fields of technology. It provides the interface between medical technology, automotive technology, mechanical engineering and the semiconductor industry.

The range of services includes characterization of almost all surface properties using state-of-the-art equipment of established manufacturers. In addition, Fraunhofer AZOM develops solutions for individual customer requirements which cannot be satisfactorily addressed with standard technology available on the market.


Service Portfolio

  • Optical metrology and process integration
  • Laser-based surface technologies

Technical Expertise

  • Photonic system components, fiber technologies and metrology
  • Surface and materials technologies
  • Image processing and process control

Educational Programs

The Fraunhofer AZOM Zwickau offers dedicated students in science and technology challenging tasks with responsibility and room for developing their own ideas.



A universal spectral imaging sensor platform for industry, agriculture and autonomous driving, Timeframe: 12/2023–05/2028 (EU, FKZ: 101135827)

Future Mobility

Green Mobility “Made in Saxony” – Innovative Solutions for Future-oriented Automotive and Industrial Applications, Timeframe: 07/2023–06/2026 (SAB/EFRE)


Waveguide-based trace gas analysis of methane, Timeframe: 03/2023–03/2026 (BMBF: FKZ 01LY2210B)


Digital Vision Experts, Timeframe: 10/2022–03/2024 (BMWK: FKZ 03EFTSN217)

News and Media


Press Release / 29.11.2023

Joint Project for Green Mobility “Made in Saxony”

Europe and Saxony Support the "Future Mobility" Cooperation


Press Release / 1.6.2023

Optimizing Production Processes through Modularization

Fraunhofer IWS at Laser World of Photonics


News / 24.5.2023

Precise Mobile Tracking for Emission Reduction

Measurement System for Fast and Reliable Methane Detection


Press release / 2.3.2023

A New Generation of Instruments for Gas Permeation Measurement

“SimPerm” Project Enables Simultaneous Determination of Oxygen and Water Vapor Permeation Rates for the First Time


Press release / 1.12.2022

New Fraunhofer Safety Technology Reduces Transportation Accidents

Safety in Warehouse Logistics


Contact & Location

Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies (AZOM)

Keplerstraße 2
08056 Zwickau

Phone +49 375 536-1538
Fax +49 375 536-1503