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.
We are following the vision of positioning ACP as 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.
High Harmonic generation laboratory.
ACP is an interfaculty center spanning four Departments of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and collaborating strongly with non-university optics and photonics institutions in the Jena region.
Entrance hall of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in Jena.
How to become an ACP member.
Aerial view on the Beutenberg campus in 2019.
Significant parts of our research are hosted in the ACP research building located at Albert-Einstein-Str. 6, 07745 Jena.
Bust of Ernst Abbe in Jena.
The namesake of our Center, Ernst Karl Abbe (23 January 1840 - 14 January 1905), was a German physicist and professor at the University of Jena.
Color pattern recognition.
Physics and particularly optics owe their status at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to three personalities of unique and lasting significance: Otto Schott, Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe.
Jena's historical physics lecture hall.
The ACP press release list is based on the idw scientific information service, which distributes information on science and research to over 50,000 subscribers, including more than 10,000 journalists.