Experimental setup for the generation of THz radiation.
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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.
Experimental setup for the generation of THz radiation.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

The fields of optics and photonics are at the heart of research, education and industry in Jena, Germany. Nowadays, there is no other city worldwide in which optics and photonics play such a dominant role as here. 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 de. 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, with ACP being 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.

ACP fosters and sustains strong links with our 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, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, and the German Optics Museum. As one of its basic goals, ACP strives for synergetic effects between FSU's university institutes, its associated non-university research institutes and partner member companies. In this way, our research and education network creates a scientific, economical and sustainable added-value.

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Laser setup in the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics.
Vision and mission
We are following the vision of positioning ACP as one of the...
High Harmonic generation laboratory.
Institutions
ACP is an interfaculty center spanning four Departments of the...
Entrance hall of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in Jena.
Membership and statute
How to become an ACP member.
Aerial view on the Beutenberg campus in 2019.
Facilities
Significant parts of our research are hosted in the ACP research...
Bust of Ernst Abbe in Jena.
About Ernst Abbe
The namesake of our Center, Ernst Karl Abbe (23 January 1840 - 14...
Color pattern recognition.
Jena's history of photonics
Physics and particularly optics owe their status at the Friedrich...
Jena's historical physics lecture hall.
In the media
The ACP press release list is based on the idw scientific...