Guest Professors

Our school runs an extensive guest program. Besides its research focus at the Abbe Center of Photonics, the program emphasizes involvement of world-class international scientists as guest professors in the education program of the Abbe School of Photonics. Renowned scientists from all over the world are invited to join for several weeks in challenging research collaborations and teaching activities in the Master's degree and doctoral programs. Our guest professors and scholars regularly offer valuable feedback on our curriculum based on their personal perspectives.


Prof. Dr. Igor Lednev, State University of New York at Albany, USA

at ASP  in February and March 2017

  • Lecture 1 - Overview of main research projects in Lednev laboratory: vibrational spectroscopy for fundamental studies of amyloid fibrils and new method developments for forensic purposes and medical diagnostics
  • Lecture 2 - Vibrational spectroscopy for forensic applications: Part 1 – detection and characterization of gunshot residue
  • Lecture 3 - Vibrational spectroscopy for forensic applications: Part 2 – Identification and characterization of biological stains
  • Lecture 4 - Deep UV Raman spectroscopy for structural characterization of proteins and protein aggregates
  • Lecture 5 - Complimentary vibrational spectroscopic methods for understanding amyloid fibril structure and polymorphism: from polarized Raman to VCD, SERS and TERS
  • Lecture 6 - Raman hyperspectroscopy for medical diagnostics and forensic purposes

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Prof. Dr. Chris Poulton, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

at ASP from September until November 2016

  • Lecture 1 - Good vibrations: Optomechanics and Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in modern nanophotonics
  • Lecture 2 - Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in integrated optical waveguides: theory and fundamentals (special lecture within the DFG-GRK 2101 summer school)
  • Lecture 3 - Basics of elasticity for optical physicists
  • Lecture 4 - Basics of optical forces and optomechanics
  • Lecture 5 - Basics of cavity optomechanics and Stimulated Brillouin Scattering

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Prof. Dr. Jer-Shing Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

at ASP in September 2016

  • Lecture 1 - Plasmonics for engineering nanoscale light-matter-interactions
  • Lecture 2 - Fabrication, resonances and photoluminescence of single-crystalline gold nanoantennas
  • Lecture 3 - Plasmonic optical nanocircuits (special lecture within the DFG-GRK 2101 summer school)

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Prof. Dr. Igal Brener, Sandia National Laboratories and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

at ASP in April 2016

  • Lecture 1 - Semiconductor excitations coupled to metamaterials
  • Lecture 2 - Solid-state lighting and III-nitride semiconductors
  • Lecture 3 - THz science and technology and THz metamaterials

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Prof. Dr. Laura Marcu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, USA

at ASP in April 2016

  • Lecture 1 - Clinical applications of fluorescence lifetime techniques: Part 1 – Oncology
  • Lecture 2 - Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging for biomedical applications
  • Lecture 3 - Clinical applications of fluorescence lifetime techniques: Part 2 – Diagnosis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases
  • Lecture 4 - Fluorescence lifetime techniques in regenerative medicine

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PD Dr. Sandro Wimberger, Dipartimento di Fisica e Science della Terra, Università di Parma, Italy

at ASP in February 2015

  • Lecture 1- Stable Structure Formation and Non-equilibrium Transport in Dissipative Optical Lattices

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Prof. Asger Mortensen, Denmark Technical University

at ASP in March and April 2015

  • Lecture 1 - Nanoplasmonics: From classical electrodynamics to possible quantum mechanical phenomena
  • Lecture 2 - Nanophotonic approaches to enhanced light-matter interactions: Slow-light effects
  • Lecture 3 - Nanophotonic approaches to enhanced light-matter interactions: Field-enhancement effects
  • Lecture 4 - Nanoplasmonics probed by fast electrons
  • Lecture 5 - Semi-classical approach to nonlocal plasmonic response: Hydrodynamics
  • Lecture 6 - Semi-classical approach to nonlocal plasmonic response: Extended approaches
  • Lecture 7 - Graphene plasmonics (& beyond)
  • Lecture 8 - Quantum plasmonics in metallic nanostructures

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Prof. Dr. Javier Aizpurua, University of the Basque Country, the Basque Country, Spain

at ASP in November 2014

  • Lecture 1 - Basics of the optical response in metals and metallic surfaces
  • Lecture 2 - Basics of nanoplasmonics
  • Lecture 3 - Plasmons in Field-enhanced spectroscopy and microscopy
  • Lecture 4 - Quantum effects in plasmonics

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Prof. Dr. Mikhail N. Shneider, Princeton University, Princeton, USA

at ASP in May 2014

  • Lecture 1 - Weakly-ionized plasma processes in upper atmosphere
  • Lecture 2 - Molecular Ensembles In Non-Resonant Optical Lattices

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Prof. Dr. Sheng-Lung Huang, Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

at ASP in May 2014

  • Lecture 1 - Cellular-resolution optical coherence tomography
  • Lecture 2 - Crystal fiber based broadband light sources

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Prof. Dr. Pavel Polynkin, University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

at ASP in November 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Self-focusing of ultra-intense shaped laser beams in transparent media
  • Lecture 2 - Laser plasmas for atmospheric applications

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Prof. Dr. Markus Pollnau, University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands)

at ASP from September until November 2013

  • Lecture 1 - High-gain amplifiers and highly efficient lasers in potassium double tungstate channel waveguides
  • Lecture 2 - A fresh look at continuous-wave lasers: How they really work!
  • Lecture 3 - Want to become a professor? Turn left, then right, and through the forest, please!
  • Lecture 4 - Rare-earth-doped waveguide amplifiers and lasers on a silicon chip
  • Lecture 5 - DNA analysis and optical coherence tomography on a microchip

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Prof. Dr. Andrew Berger, University of Rochester in Rochester, NY (USA)

at ASP in winter term 2013/14

  • Lecture 1 - Medical adventures in the near-infrared
  • Lecture 2 - Turbid tissue optics I: Introduction
  • Lecture 3 - Turbid tissue optics II: Instrumentation and measurements
  • Lecture 4 - Turbid tissue optics III: Applications
  • Lecture 5 - A different view of turbidity: elastic scattering analysis

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Prof. em. George Stegeman, University of Central Florida, Orlando (USA)

at ASP in September 2013

  • Lecture 1 - The Liberation of the Electron: Extreme Nonlinear Optics
  • Lecture 2 - Entanglements with Falk Lederer: 1980s To Present

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Prof. Dr. Hiro-o Hamagushi, College of Science, National Ciao Tung University (Taiwan)

at ASP in November 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Raman spectroscopy: variants and potentials
  • Lecture 2 - Resonance Raman spectroscopy: theory and experiment (physics, physical chemistry)
  • Lecture 3 - Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy (physical chemistry, photochemistry)
  • Lecture 4 - Non-linear Raman spectroscopy (physical chemistry, material science)
  • Lecture 5 - Raman spectroscopy and imaging of living cells (physical chemistry, biochemistry, medicine)

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Prof. Dr. Dragormir Neshev, The Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)

at ASP in September and October 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Light emission in nanoscale environments
  • Lecture 2 - Topological insulators, graphene and their applications in optics

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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Eggleton, The University of Sydney, Australia

at ASP in September 2014

  • Lecture 1- The ARC Centre for Ultrahigh-Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and Photonics research in Australia
  • Lecture 2- New frontiers in chip-based nonlinear optics

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Prof. Dr. David D. Sampson, University of Western Australia (Australia)

at ASP in May and June 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Taking optics deep into tissues with a microscope in a needle
  • Lecture 2 - Optical Coherence Tomography I - A tutorial
  • Lecture 3 - Optical Coherence Tomography II - Advanced aspects
  • Lecture 4 - Optical Coherence Tomography III -A microscope in a needle
  • Lecture 5 - Optical Elastography I - Imaging tissue micromechanical properties
  • Lecture 6 - Optical Elastography II - Methods
  • Lecture 7 - Optical Elastography III - Applications

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Prof. Dr. Jeff Squier, Colorado School of Mines (USA)

at ASP in May 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Frontiers in multiphoton microscopy: Pushing the limits of 3D imaging
  • Lecture 2 - A pragmatic guide to building a multiphoton microscope

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Prof. Dr. Federico Capasso, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston (USA)

at ASP in March and May 2013

  • Lecture 1 - Casimir-Lifshitz forces: vacuum fluctuations, quantum levitation and nanomachines
  • Lecture 2 - Quantum Cascade Lasers: compact widely tailorable light sources
  • Lecture 3 - Classical optics in a new light: flat photonics based on metasurfaces

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Prof. Dr. Fatkhulla Abdullaev, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNSEPS), Sao Paulo (Brazil)

at ASP in December 2012

  • Lecture - Optical solitons in parity-time symmetric systems

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Prof. Dr. Andrei Lavrinenko, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark)

at ASP in October 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Selected topics in plasmonics and metamaterials research
  • Lecture 2 - Passive THz metamaterials and light modulators

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Prof. Dr. Colin Sheppard, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

at ASP in July/August 2011 and November 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Pulsed beams
  • Lecture 2 - Scattering and Imaging
  • Lecture 3 - Advances in phase contrast microscopy
  • Lecture 4 - Phase space theory of microscopy imaging
  • Lecture 5 - Tight focussing of light
  • Lecture 6 - Pupil filters for improved focusing

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Prof. Dr. Efremidis Nikolaos, University of Crete (Greece)

at ASP in October 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Discrete lattice systems
  • Lecture 2 - Curved light

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Prof. Dr. Martijn de Sterke, University of Sydney (Australia)

at ASP in October 2012

  • Lecture 1 -The world of scientific publishing (DokDok keynote talk)
  • Lecture 2 - Why evanescent modes matter

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Prof. Dr. Anne Sentenac, Institut Fresnel, Marseille (France)

at ASP in August 2011 and August 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Improving the axial resolution of optical microscopes
  • Lecture 2 - Imaging non fluorescent objects with optical diffraction tomography
  • Lecture 3 - Basics of imaging with electromagnetic wave probing
  • Lecture 4 - Study of the classical widefield microscope (non-fluorescent sample)

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Prof. Dr. Constantino de Angelis, University of Brescia (Italy)

visiting the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy as an Abbe School of Photonics Visiting Professor in July 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Binary plasmonic waveguide arrays: energy localization, modulational stability and gap solitons in a gapless system
  • Lecture 2 - Modeling of broadband optical pulse propagation in quadratic media

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Prof. Dr. Ortwin Hess, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

at ASP in July 2012

  • Lecture - Nano-plasmonics with gain: from light localisation to ultrafast nano-lasers

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Prof. Dr. Martin Richardson, CREOL, University of Central Florida, Orlando (USA)

at ASP in June 2011 and March and April 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Developments in new high power fiber lasers and ultrafast lasers
  • Lecture 2 - Development of Tm fiber lasers
  • Lecture 3 - Ultra-fast laser materials processing - new investigations at the fundamental level

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Prof. Dr. Kathleen Richardson, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University (USA)

at ASP in June 2011 and March 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Improved integrated chalcogenide waveguide resonators for mid-IR sensing
  • Lecture 2 - Engineering glasses for next generation optics

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Prof. Dr. Sergei Tretyakov, Aalto University (Finland)

at ASP in June and July 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Metamaterial research at Aalto University
  • Lecture 2 - Split rings and related structures: artificial magnetism
  • Lecture 3 - Wire media: artificial plasma
  • Lecture 4 - Double-negative materials, backward waves, negative
    refraction, perfect lens
  • Tutorial on metamaterials

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Prof. Dr. Markus Raschke, JILA University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

at ASP in May and June 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Ultrafast nano-optics with optical antennas
  • Lecture 2 - Nanoscale optical control with optical antennas
  • Lecture 3 - Strong light-matter interaction: dressed states, single photon & nonlinear optics
  • Lecture 4 - Fundamentals of nearfield optics and sub-wavelength resolution
  • Lecture 5 - Techniques of nearfield microscopy
  • Lecture 6 -  Nearfield spectroscopy and light matter interaction with evanescent fields

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Prof. Dr. Matthias Schnürer, Max-Born-Institut, Berlin (Germany)

at ASP in January 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Laser acceleration experiments: Experimental measurement of strong fields
  • Lecture 2 - Strong fields in laser plasmas: Electron kinematics and laser absorption
  • Lecture 3 - Strong fields in laser plasmas: Principles of laser - particle - acceleration

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Prof. Dr. Aleksei_Zheltikov, Lomonov State University, Moscow (Russia) & Texas A&M University (USA)

at ASP in January, June and July 2012

  • Lecture 1 - Ultrashort lightwaves and PC fibers: From quantum physics to biosciences
  • Lecture 2 - Nonlinear optics with photonic-crystal fibers
  • Lecture 3 - Laser-induced filamentation

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Prof. Dr. Philippe Grelu, University de Bourgogne, Dijon (France)

at ASP in November 2011

  • Lecture - Dissipative solitons for mode-locked lasers

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Dreischuh, University of Sofia (Bulgaria)

at ASP from August until November 2011

  • Lecture 1 - Linear vs. nonlinear optics. Optical solitons
  • Lecture 2 - Singular optical beams. Dark optical solitons - physics and applications
  • Lecture 3 - Interactions between optical solitons
  • Lecture 4 - Polychromatic spatial solitons

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Prof. Dr. Alexander G. Ramm, University of Kansas (USA)

at ASP in June 2011

  • Lecture - Wave scattering by small particles & materials with desired refraction coefficients

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Prof. Dr. Alexej Belyanin, Texas A&M University (USA)

at ASP in June 2011

  • Lecture 1 - Fundamentals of semiconductor nanostructures
  • Lecture 2 - Intersubband transitions: physics and devices
  • Lecture 3 - Nonlinear dynamics and mode locking in quantum cascade lasers
  • Lecture 4 - Novel nanomaterials and emerging trends in optoelectronics

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Prof. Dr. Erich Rohwer, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

at ASP in June and December 2011

  • Lecture 1 - The generation of tunable vuv radiation for laser spectroscopy
  • Lecture 2 - State selective excitation of electronic states in CO using a tunable UV laser source
  • Lecture 3 - Second Harmonic generation on surfaces generated by femto second laser
  • Lecture 4 - Electric Field Induced Second Harmonic Generation
  • Lecture 5 - Probing the Si/SiO2 interface using EFISH technique
  • Lecture 6 - Pump probe experiments with photons and electrons

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Prof. Dr. Mordechai Segev, Technicon Haifa (Israel)

at ASP in October 2010

  • Lecture 1 - Sparsity-based sub-wavelength imaging,and super-resolution in time and frequency
  • Lecture 2 - Amorphous photonic lattices

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Prof. Dr. Kyunghwan Oh, Yonsei University (South Korea)

at ASP in June and July 2010

  • Lecture 1 - Optical fiber: the most efficient transmission medium for communication
  • Lecture 2 - Design of micro structured fibers and its application
  • Lecture 3 - Combining Fourier optics and fiber optics for novel beam shaping

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Prof. Dr. Gaetano Assanto, Università Roma Tre (Italy)

at ASP from May until September 2010

  • Lecture 1 - Nematicons: spatial optical solitons in nematic liquid crystals
  • Lecture 2 - Spatial simultons in purely nonlinear photonic lattices
  • Lecture 3 - Spatial optical solitons and their interactions in high index glass

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Prof. Dr. Philippe Lalanne, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud

at ASP from April until July 2010

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to modal methods in nanophotonics
  • Lecture 2: Understanding nanophotonic devices using modal methods
  • Lecture 3: The extraordinary optical transmission and Wood's anomaly
  • Lecture 4: Optical surface modes and waves on metals

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Prof. Dr. Akira Endo, EUVA (Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography System Development Association) for Gigaphoton Inc. (Japan)

at ASP from November 2009 until May 2010

  • Lecture - Overview of EUV source research for lithography methods

Prof. Dr. Stefano Longhi, Polytechnic Institute of Milan (Italy)

at ASP in May 2009

  • Lecture - Analogies in photonics and quantum physics

Dr. Peter Török, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

at ASP in May and June 2008

  • Lecture - Polarisation: the lost information in optical imaging

Prof. Dr. George Stegeman, College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL), Orlando, Florida (USA)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in September 2007

  • Lectures on nonlinear optics

Dr. Rainer Heintzmann, King's College London (United Kingdom)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in November 2007

  • Lecture - High-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on computational data analysis

Prof. Dr. Yuri S. Kivshar, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)


Prof. Dr. Adolf Fercher, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy from May until July 2006

  • Lectures on biomedical optics and techniques for ophthalmology

Prof. Dr. Govind P. Agrawal, Department of Physics, University of Rochester (USA)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in June 2006

  • Lecture 1 - Nonlinear fiber optics: fundamentals and application
  • Lecture 2 - Highly nonlinear fibers and their application
  • Lecture 3 - Fiber-optic parametric amplifiers and their application
  • Lecture 4 - Optical communication systems
  • Lecture 5 - Correlated photon-pair generation using optical fibers

Prof. Dr. David C. Hanna, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southhampton (United Kingdom)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy from July until September 2006

  • Lecture 1 - Optical parametric devices
  • Lecture 2 - Parametric amplification and oscillation: basic principles
  • Lecture 3 - Ultra-short pulse parametric devices
  • Lecture 4 - The role of quasi-phase-matching in parametric devices
  • Lecture 5 - Brightness enhancement via parametric amplification

Prof. Dr. Ken Ledinghamn, Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland, United Kingdom)

at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in October and November 2005

  • Lectures on intense light-matter interactions