The team of the nonlinear optics group in Jena.


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The team of the nonlinear optics group in Jena.
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Abbe Center of Photonics

Front facet of the ACP building in 2019. Image: Christoph Worsch

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 Jenade. Research is conducted in joint cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute Jena, the Helmholtz Institute Jena, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, and the German Optics Museum. 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

Laser and nanospectroscopy laboratory.
Principal scientists
ACP comprises more than 50 professors and research group leaders.
Nocturnal Jena city center.
About us
More about our Abbe Center of Photonics.
The team of the nonlinear optics group in Jena.
ACP is covering both fundamental and application-based science.
Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Ultra Optics
Lasers, nanooptics & materials,, quantum technologies
Penultimate amplification stage of the high-power POLARIS laser system.
Strong Field Physics
Ultrahigh peak-power, relativistic lasers and x-ray optics
Microfluidic-photonic chip.
Novel spectroscopy, multimodal imaging, chip-based diagnostics
Camera-assistend surgery at the Jena University Hospital.
Strategic funding focuses on large-scale collaborative projects.
Penultimate amplification stage of the the POLARIS laser system.
We are building on a global, sustainable network of partners.
High harmonic generation experimental setup.
ACP offers outstanding career perspectives for young scientists.


5 Jun 2020
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The current situation at the University
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Switchable graphene transistors
A team around ACP principal scientist Andrey Turchanin is developing graphene-based, light-sensitive nano-switches.
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From left to right: Z. Tang, A. Turchanin and A. George.
19 May 2020 · Light
Despite of Covid-19: our MSc and PhD Photonics programs do continue
The application for enrollment in the MSc Photonics course in 2020 is still open, applications are invited! Next deadline: ...
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He Ne laser setup.
15 May 2020 · Light · Life
Controlling cells with light
A research team from Jena, Munich and New York develops an active substance that controls an important component of the ...
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Der neue Wirkstoff namens Optojasp wird erst aktiv, wenn violettes Licht darauf fällt.
28 Apr 2020 · Light
Black holes have no hair
International research team verifies the validity of the "No Hair" theorem by actual observations
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Künstlerische Darstellung des Zentrums von OJ 287, in dem sich zwei Schwarze Löcher umkreisen.
22 Apr 2020 · Light · Life · Liberty
A picture is worth 1,000 words
Dr Michael Böhme turns numbers of Covid-19 cases in Thuringia into graphics
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Dr. Michael Böhme in seinem Labor im Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie.
15 Apr 2020 · Light
EACON 2020 Conference on Nanophotonics - POSTPONED
Due to the current restrictions of the plublic life in Germany, the EACON conference did not take place in April and was ...
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Nanophotonic molecular interaction.
1 Apr 2020 · Light
Volker Deckert Named Recipient of 2020 Ellis R. Lippincott Award
The Optical Society, Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy recognize significant contributions to Raman ...
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23 Jan 2020 · Light
FastPhoton - new ACP InQuoSens research group
Supported by the Thüringer Aufbaubank, a new research group called "Ultra-wideband high-frequency control of fiber-coupled ...
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Dr. Tobias Vogl and Dr. Falk Eilenberger, members of the Thuringian research group FastPhoton.
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