Research in optics and photonics

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 40 principal scientists affiliated with several FSU Jena institutes from the faculties of Physics and Astronomy, Biology and Pharmacy, 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 a lively and closely knit collaboration between all of these institutions. In 2006, the topical platform of "Optics, Photonics and Photonic Technologies" was identified as one of FSU Jena's five central research areas. Furthermore, "Light" is distinguished as one the university's profile lines within the triad "Light - Life - Liberty", which represent the 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 is as the key player of the "Light" profile line. 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. An example is the development of highly efficient lighting systems, awarded with the Scientific Price of the President of Germany in 2008. Detailed information about research areas and contact details of all ACP principal scientists can be found on the ACP website.