In Jena, both fundamental and application-oriented research in optics and photonics is performed under the umbrella of the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP). ACP is comprised of more than 50 principal scientists affiliated with several institutes from the faculties of Physics and Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemical and Earth Sciences, and Medicine, with several collaborative research units within the university, as well as with three non-university research institutes. The Center is characterized by lively and closely knit collaborations between all of these institutions.
The Friedrich Schiller Unviersity Jena has identified and distinguished LIGHT as one of its profile lines within the triad LIGHT-LIFE-LIBERTY, which represent our university's long-term institutional strategy. These aspects shape the university's scientific profile and are represented by the community of ACP scientists - with ACP as the key player of the LIGHT. The broad scope of ACP research ranges from fundamental topics such as relativistic optics or novel photonic materials to fields of the highest practical relevance. Detailed information about research areas and contact details of all ACP principal scientists can be found on the ACP website. Covering a broad variety of different research topics, one of ACP's main goals is to concentrate on and conduct research in the following three key research areas: