Experimental setup for the generation of THz radiation.
ACP comprises more than 50 professors and independent research group leaders as well as a lean and highly specialized management and executive structure.
Experimental setup for the generation of THz radiation.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

Abbe Center of Photonics

Front facet of the ACP building in 2019. 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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This year's Young Scientist Award of the Beutenberg Campus e.V. honors Dr. Tobias Vogl.
Dr. Tobias Vogl aligns an optical chip with a quantum light source.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Two current international rankings confirm high quality of teaching and research at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
The international perspective on the University of Jena is very good, as current rankings show.
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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp received an honorary doctorate from the University at Albany - State University of New York on May 13, 2023
Jürgen Popp receives an honorary doctorate from UAlbany SUNY
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Material researchers are developing computer-aided methods, with which glass can be developed in a more time- and energy-efficient manner.
Melting glass, symbolic image. Up to now, the development of new glass materials has been a time-consuming and energy-intensive process.
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The 2023 call for nominations for the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize of the Jena Alliance is open, the deadline is July 15.
Award ceremony of the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize 2022 with the winner Mariana Murillo-Roos.
Image: Katja Präfcke, FSU Jena.
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A Jena physical chemistry team was awarded the Thuringian Research Prize for Applied Research
Intermediary products of photocatalytic processes can be  investigated in detail in a self-produced electrochemistry cell.
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Key research areas

Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Lasers, nanooptics & materials, opt.systems, 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. Igal Brener
"I think that the level of research and teaching makes the ACP one of the best places to pursue a career in optics."
Prof. Dr. Igal Brener, Sandia National Laboratories and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA