ASP doctoral candidates discuss an experimental setup in the ACP labs.
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ASP doctoral candidates discuss an experimental setup in the ACP labs.
Image: DAAD / Focke Strangmann

Abbe Center of Photonics

Front facet of the ACP building in 2019.
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

The 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 de. Research is conducted in joint cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute JenaExternal link, the Helmholtz Institute JenaExternal link, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic TechnologyExternal link, and the German Optics MuseumExternal link. 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. read more


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The Carl Zeiss Foundation is funding a project with 750,000 euros in the "CZS Wildcard" programme
Prof Dr Volker Deckert in his laboratory at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Jena. He is leading the ambitious project together with colleagues from the University of Ulm and the ITB in Bingen.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Scientific Director of the Leibniz IPHT in Jena and ACP Codirector Prof. Jürgen Popp provides an overview of the fundamentals and the diverse application potential of innovative methods for medical diagnostics in the journal Nature Photonics.
The Ramanbioassay (TM) offers the potential to significantly accelerate the diagnosis of infectious diseases
Image: Leibniz IPHT
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Polytives GmbH, a spin-off from the University of Jena, took second place in this year's Lothar Späth Award
The founding team of Polytives GmbH (from left): Oliver Eckardt, Viktoria Rothleitner and Prof Dr Felix Schacher.
Image: Susann Nürnberger
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New Call of the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena.
ASP doctoral candidates discuss an experimental setup in the ACP labs.
Image: DAAD / Focke Strangmann
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Beutenberg Campus Jena e. V. Science Award goes to team from University and Leibniz-HKI
(from left): Prof Dr Jens Limpert, Dr Jan Rothhardt, Prof Dr Thomas Pertsch, Dr Ramona Eberhardt (Fraunhofer IOF, laudator) and Prof Dr Peter Zipfel (Chairman of the Beutenberg Campus e. V.)
Image: Ira Winkler
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Since October 2023, our institute has had the new professorship "Experimental Quantum Information", Fabian Steinlechner was appointed - an interview
The newly appointed professor Fabian Steinlechner at his lab.
Image: Ira Winkler (University Jena)

Key research areas

Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Lasers, nanooptics & materials,, quantum technologies
Penultimate amplification stage of the high-power POLARIS laser system.
Ultrahigh peak-power, relativistic lasers and x-ray optics
Microfluidic-photonic chip.
Novel spectroscopy, multimodal imaging, chip-based diagnostics
Prof. Dr. Federico Capasso
"I have seen many places worldwide: the Abbe Center is really a world-class operation, that’s for sure."
Prof. Dr. Federico Capasso, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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