Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Marc Eichhorn

Director of Fraunhofer IOSB Ettlingen, head of Defense division

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Marc Eichhorn heads the Ettlingen site of the Fraunhofer IOSB and coordinates the scientific activities of the institute in the field of defense research.

He also holds the Chair of Optronics at the Institute of Theoretical Electrical Engineering and Systems Optimization (ITE) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Fraunhofer IOSB and the chair work closely together in terms of content. Thus, synergy effects, which lie in the rather basic research-oriented approach of the chair and the application-oriented orientation of Fraunhofer IOSB, can be optimally developed.

In addition, a close cooperation promotes the recruitment of excellent young scientists for Fraunhofer IOSB.

The focal points in research, teaching and innovation at the Chair of Optronics include the field of photonic materials and components, laser sources and laser systems as well as laser measurement technology in the near, middle and far infrared with the respective specific requirements in optronics.

Akademischer und beruflicher Werdegang

Since June 2020 Head of the newly created Defense Division at Fraunhofer IOSB
Since April 2018
  • Head of the Photonics and Optronic Systems Division and the Ettlingen site of Fraunhofer IOSB
  • Professor of Optronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
 2013-2018 Head of division III "Lasers and Electromagnetic Technologies" of the German-French Research Institute Saint-Louis (ISL) in Saint-Louis, France
 2010-2013 Establishing and leading the research group "Directed Photonics and Quantum Electronics" (DPE) at ISL
2009 Habilitation in experimental physics at the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences at the University of Hamburg
2005-2009 Scientific employee at ISL in the field of laser source research
2005 Doctorate (summa cum laude) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg i. Br., in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg and the ISL in Saint-Louis, France
2003 Dipl.-Phys. (with distinction)
1999-2003 Study of physics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg


  • Member of the German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Member of the Optical Society (OSA), USA