Photonics Laboratory


The Abbe School of Photonics offers a full-scale academic education in optics and photonics at one of the oldest and most reputable German universities.
Photonics Laboratory
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Fiber laser labs of Jens Limpert and Andreas Tünnermann. Fiber laser labs of Jens Limpert and Andreas Tünnermann. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Here in Jena, the cradle of optics, we are fortunate to be located in a unique ecosystem of photonics, which offers a wide range of links and opportunities through the close cooperation between the University and various local institutes and companies. It is our School’s privilege to be able to offer this exceptional research environment and to provide many-faceted learning opportunities to the profit of our students. Our School's interdisciplinary education programs are, thus, embedded within the extensive academic framework of the Abbe Center of Photonics. We offer both Master's degree programs (M.Sc. Photonics and M.Sc. Physics with focus on photonics) as well as a broad doctoral program in optics and photonics. All available ASP modules in optics and photonics are open to all M.Sc. students enrolled in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy de.


Outdoor blackboard for students at the ACP plaza, 2021. Outdoor blackboard for students at the ACP plaza, 2021. Image: Mats Segbers

The main goal of our concept and philosophy is the establishment of one of the world's leading educational centers in optics and photonics in Jena, Germany. The ASP was shaped by our university’s long-standing teaching tradition and is supported by its uniquely vast spectrum of research activities in the field of light sciences. Our qualification strategy is completely research-oriented and based on the principles of academic freedom, competitive research conditions and internationalization at all levels of education and research.

Doctoral students relaxing outdoor in Jena. Doctoral students relaxing outdoor in Jena. Image: Anna Schroll

The School offers outstanding qualification opportunities in the areas of optics and photonics at undergraduate and graduate levels. We recognize that many of our graduates will continue a research focused career. Therefore, the training programs of the ASP aim to promote and optimally link both academic and practical learning by providing additional career opportunities in research centered companies. Thus, all our competitive career development measures are designed to lay the foundation for successful careers both in academia and industry.

MSc photonics students group picture 2013. MSc photonics students group picture 2013. Image: Ricarda Knetsch

ASP was founded in 2008 by a public private partnership between the German federal and Thuringian state governments, the University of Jena and the German photonics industry. Our School also has also a strong background in providing Joint Master's Degree programs. The close collaboration with its industrial partners is one of the ASP’s key aspects. To sustain our partners' exceptional economic development for the future, we have made it our mission to educate highly qualified candidates for exceptional professional career paths in the German photonics industry.