Abbe Center of Photonics

The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) is a center for optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and represents its key research area LIGHT.
ACP_building_web300The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) is the academic center of scientific activities in the fields of optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Research is conducted in joint cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute Jena, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology. In the last years, ACP has become one of the leading European centers for research and education in optics and photonics as well as in the development and transfer of optical technologies. ACP is strongly engaged in young-career scientists' education via its integrated Abbe School of Photonics and sustains strong links with local industry partners as well as with the international scientific community.
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New single-photon sources


Entrepreneurship in photonics

ACP advisory board

January 15, 2020
Supported by the Thüringer Aufbaubank, the new research group FastPhoton has commenced its work on January 1, 2020. The project, led by ACP principal scientists Tünnermann and Eilenberger, is located at the Thuringian innovation center InQuoSens, where researchers from both Thuringian universities develop electronic and nanophotonic solutions for quantum light sources - because these are exactly what the new encryption systems need. As part of the research group, the scientists want to focus particularly on the development, improvement and integration of suitable single photon sources that produce the necessary photons with precisely defined quantum states.
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December 11, 2019
Our partner, the Digital Innovation Hub Photonics (DIHP) is currently inviting all optics and photonics enthusiasts with exciting project ideas to apply for its "Elevator Pitch". Whether students, doctoral students, post-docs, scientists, employees or executives of a medium-sized business enterprise - the offer is aimed at anyone who needs support in the conceptual and technological development for a project or business idea in the field of optics and photonics. The tender aims at all entrepreneurs-to-be, start-up enthusiasts, as well as already established start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to launch innovative technologies.
The selected projects will receive substantial research support from DIHP's funds as well as support for the implementation of the ideas into a sustainable business model or a company.
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November 15, 2019
Yesterday, the fourth meeting of the ACP advisory board took place in Jena. The advisory board was newly appointed in the beginning of 2019 by the President of the Friedrich Schiller University, Prof. Walter Rosenthal, acting for a period of three years. The board's primary role is to assist the ACP directors in the development of their management strategy future and to ensure that the proposed goals and achievements are consistent with the strategic plan. The board further serves as a vehicle for strengthening linkages between academia, industry, government and community. Representatives from science, industry, and from the Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and digital Society (TMWWDG), as well as the University's vice-president for research are offering their view and perspective within the board.
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