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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Experience Europe! Apply by 27 March 2023 for one of 15 scholarships for Uni Jena to travel to Coimbra (Portugal) from 2. to 4.5.2023 for a meeting with students from the entire EC2U University Alliance.
EC2U Students Week Coimbra
Graphic: Universität Coimbra
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A visiting professor from Japan brings a new microscopy technique to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Yutaka Yoshida in conversation with Ralf Röhlsberger
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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After the Corona years, the largest international fair and conference in the field of optics and photonics imposingly follows on and even surpasses its success. The outstanding research results from the IAP are part of it.
from left: Dr. T. Eidam, Z. Wang, T. Heuermann, Dr. C. Gaida after the awarding ceremony at the Photonics West 2023.
Image: Jens Limpert
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Restart of the ACP guest professor program by two Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Honorary Lectures on dynamic light scattering in biomedical applications.
Brain images before (a) and after (b) the application of a time-space Fourier Kappa-Omega filtering approach.
Image: Phys. Med. Biol., 65(7): 075007 (2020).
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Physicists at the Universities of Jena and Central Florida investigate light with negative temperatures
PhD student Monika Monika at the set-up where the experiments were conducted.
Image: Ira Winkler/Universität Jena
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Jena, Germany | May 11-13, 2023
Banner Molecular Plasmonics 2023
Graphic: Leibniz-IPHT Jena

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