University photonics research

Optics and photonics research is performed at different institutions and locations of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and all over the city.

ACP- home of our interfaculty optics and photonics center

Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP)

Since 2016, the Abbe Center of Photonics at the Beutenberg Campus is hosting more than eight research groups and more that 90 scientists of the University from all the different departments and institutes. The building offers 2,600 m² space for functionalized optical, biological and chemical labs, seminar rooms, offices and an auditorium. Thus, it has quickly developed into the primary hot-spot for Jena's interdisciplinary research exchanges and cooperations. Further, the new building increasingly allows for the enhanced integration of ACP's photonics educational programs into its research program.


Location: Beutenberg Campus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 6


>> to the ACP facility website


Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics (IOQ)

  • laser-plasma interactions
  • relativistic optics
  • XUV and x-ray optics
  • attosecond laser physics

Location: Main faculty building, Max-Wien-Platz 1


>> to the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics


Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics (IFTO)

  • nanooptics & optical metamaterials
  • nonlinear dynamics in photonic systems
  • quantum effects in nanooptical systems
  • computational nonlinear & relativistic optics

Location: Abbeanum, Fröbelstieg 1


>> to the Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics


Institute of Applied Physics (IAP)

  • fiber & waveguide lasers
  • microstructure technology
  • nanooptics
  • ultrafast optics
  • optical system design
  • optical engineering

Location: Beutenberg Campus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 15


>> to the Institute of Applied Physics


Institute for Theoretical Physics (TPI)

  • quantum optics
  • relativistic quantum dynamics
  • quantum field theory

Location: Abbeanum, Fröbelstieg 1


>> to the Institute for Theoretical Physics


Institute for Applied Optics and Biophysics (IAOB)

  • superresolution microscopy
  • three-dimensional object measurement
  • fiber-based microscopy

Location: Abbeanum, Fröbelstieg 1


>> to the Institute for Applied Optics and Biophysics


Institute for Solid State Physics (IFK)

  • physics of nanoscale solids
  • photovoltaics
  • surface sciences and thin films
  • ultrafast optical spectroscopy
  • ion beam physics

Location: Red and yellow house, Helmholtzweg 3 and 5


>> to the Institute for Solid State Physics


Faculty of Biological Sciences

Center for Molecular Biomedicine (CMB)

  • molecular cell biology
  • biochemistry and biophysics
  • cell biology
  • sepsis research
  • molecular genetics

Location: Beutenberg Campus, Hans-Knöll-Str. 2


>> to the Center for Molecular Biomedicine (CMB)


Institute of Nutrition Sciences

  • cellular lipid transport and metabolism
  • targeted delivery into human cells
  • the regulation of cellular metabolism and function
    by nutrients and metabolites
  • molecular mechanisms of atherosclerosis

Location: Dornburger Str. 24


>> to the Institute of Nutrition Sciences


Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (IAAC)

  • molecular, supra- and biomolecular information processing
  • photo-inducible nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide
    (CO)-releasing molecules and materials
  • molecular and material logic and computing with
    sensors and light

Location: Humboldtstr. 8


>> to the Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (IAAC)


Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC)

  • metallo-supramolecular polymers
  • tailor-made functional polymers and nanoparticles
  • responsive materials
  • organic solar cells and polymer LEDs
  • inkjet-printing and nanolithography
  • optical metamaterials
  • polymeric nanostructures

Location: Humboldtstr. 10


>> to the Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (IOMC)


Institute for Physical Chemistry (IPC)

  • biophotonics
  • nanospectroscopy
  • molecular photonics
  • biological nanoimaging
  • molecular nanotechnology

Location: Helmholtzweg 4


>> to the Institute for Physical Chemistry (IPC)


Otto-Schott-Institute of Materials Research (OSIM)

  • materials sciences
  • glass chemistry
  • optical glasses

Location: Löbdergraben 2


>> to the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research (OSIM)


Faculty of Medicine

Clinic of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine

  • culture-independent pathogen detection
  • in vivo visualization of cellular redox state and
    function(s), such as dye uptake and excretion
  • in vivo and in situ monitoring of heme degradation
  • plasmonics to describe the host response

Location: University hospical, Jena Lobeda, Am Klinikum 1


>> to the Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine


Research Group for Biomolecular Photonics

  • multidimensional fluorescence lifetime imaging
  • optical protein-protein and protein-DNA interaction
  • structure-function relationships of ion channels
  • indicators and nanosensors for ions and biomolecules

Location: Nonnenplan 2-4


>> to the Research Group for Biomolecular Photonics