Image_ACP_booklet_2013The fields of optics and photonics are at the heart of research, education and industry in Jena, Germany. There is hardly another city worldwide in which optics and photonics play a similarly dominant role as in Jena. The long history of outstanding research in optics and photonics has led to Jena's high international reputation as the "City of Light". In this rich tradition, the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) is the academic center of scientific activities in optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. LIGHT is distinguished as one of the University's key research areas within the triad LIGHT - LIFE - LIBERTY, which represents the university's long-term institutional strategy. ACP is the key player of LIGHT within the University. As an interfaculty university center, ACP comprises more than 50 high-profile optical scientists from various university faculties specializing in a wide range of research fields within the areas of modern optics and photonics, as well as scientists from Jena's non-academic research institutes. Moreover, the integrated Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) also runs academic programs for early-career scientists.

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ACP fosters and sustains strong links with local industry partners as well as with the international scientific community. Research is conducted in joint cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute Jena, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology. As one of its basic goals, ACP strives to produce synergetic effects between FSU's university institutes, its associated non-university research institutes and partner member companies. These effects produce a scientific and economical added-value within a sustainable research and education network.