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ACP research building at the Beutenberg Campus

ACP_Bau_Version2013_web400To provide for an improved ACP infrastructure, in 2016 a new research building was built at the Beutenberg Campus, in immediate vicinity to the Institute of Applied Physics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering and the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology. The building has been funded by the State of Thuringia and the German federal government with more than 24 million Euro. It offers 2,600 m² space including top-notch functionalized optical, biological and chemical labs, seminar rooms, offices and an auditorium. In particular, the new research site already evolved into a strategic and integrative hub for interdisciplinary exchange within the main ACP research areas by hosting laboratories for joint research performed by ACP's principal scientists, and enhance the integration of ACP's educational programs into its research program.

Substantial installation of research infrastructure and laboratory equipment inside the ACP building were funded by the State of Thuringia and the European Funds for Regional Development (EFRE) within the infrastructural measures ACP-IPHT-FIB (2015 FOR 0005), ACP-MESOLAB (2015 FGI 0024) and ACP-RÖNTGEN-BIOBILD (2017 FGI 0030).

Currently, the ACP building is hosting the groups of ACP principal scientists Limpert, Rothhardt, Setzpfandt, Staude and Pertsch, as well as parts of the research of the ACP principal scientists Eilenberger, Heinemann, Peschel, Popp, Schmitt, Schubert, Spielmann and Tünnermann. The official address ist ACP, FSU Jena, Albert-Einstein-Str. 6, 07745 Jena.

ACP public rooms for science communication (and reservation)


ACP is organizing an thrilling and inspiring program throughout the whole year, including international conferences and workshops, keynote lectures and research group seminars. In the public areas, seminar and meeting rooms can be reserved for events in the area of scientific communication and education in the context of optics and photonics:

  • The auditorium (capacity of up to 142 people) and the two seminar rooms (for 18 and 42 participants, respectively) of the Abbe Center of Photonics are located in the foyer area in the ground floor of the building, Campus Beutenberg, Albert-Einstein-Straße 6, 07745 Jena. These rooms are of the highest standards, technically fully equipped and  can be reserved for optics and photonics communication and networking events such as group seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • The meeting rooms 106, 207 and 306 (capacity up to 12 people each) are located in the upper floors of the Abbe Center of Photonics according to the first digit of their number. External guests should take the public staircase from the foyer area and ring the bell at the individual doors to the meeting areas or call the secretary's office from the phones at the building's entrances (dial 47561).
  • For reservation and further information, please contact Ms. Rebeca Freyberg (, +49 3641 947961).

ACP photonics computer pool


The computer pool in the ACP building, newly installed in 2016, is used for PC-based photonics lectures and seminars such as, e.g., computational photonics, optics design, and many others. All 24 PCs are equipped with the following software packages:

  • Comsol 5.2a
  • MATLAB R2015b
  • Math Type 6
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • MiKTeX 2.9
  • Origin Pro 2015G
  • Python 3.5
  • Virtual Lab Fusion (User Experience Edition 2016)
  • Wolfram Mathematica 11
  • ZEMAX OpticStudio 16.5

Apart from the lectures and seminars, the ACP computer pool is open to all members of the University on working days from 7:45 am until 6 pm. Any student and/or scientist can log in and perform an individual training with these software packages. The login is provided via the regular, personalized university account.

ACP flagship equipment and facilities

Scientists at the Abbe Center of Photonics enjoy access to a large variety of facilities and research equipment located at the affiliated university and non-university institutions. ACP_Polaris_web400These facilities comprise state-of-the-art optical equipment and processing capabilities which are regularly open for visiting scientists to help realize excellent research centered at, but not restricted to the fields of optics and photonics, and which could interface adjacent fields such as general physics, chemistry, biology and physiology. The facilities are run and operated by research scientists at all academic levels as well as by a dedicated and highly-skilled and experienced technical staff. The optics and photonics laboratories offer a wide range of complex setups and characterization methods for studying and exploring optical effects, components, materials and devices, at both the fundamental and application-oriented levels. ACP flagship equipment includes

  • ultrashort and ultrahigh peak power laser sources,
  • optical instrumentation for extreme wavelengths,
  • a multitude of spectroscopic and microscopic setups,
  • optical fiber technologies,
  • > 1,200 m2 clean room area,
  • high-resolution electron and ion beam imaging and lithography tools,
  • comprehensive nanostructure technology facilities,
  • lithographically controlled chemical syntheses,
  • biophotonic diagnosis tools,
  • a variety of optical modeling and numerical simulation tools for photonic systems.

ACP photonics library for students

Photonics_books_web400ACP has built an in-house library stock of special and up-to-date literature on photonics. This stock particularly hosts books which are strongly recommended for accompanying studies during the first, second and third semester of the M.Sc. Photonics course. This literature stock for students continues the previous offer of the Thuringian University and Federal State Library (ThULB) at the Beutenberg Campus, which was restructured in 2019. The photonics literature includes, but is not limited to, the state of the art on fundamentals of photonics, quantum optics, optics design, biophotonics, optical engineering and laser physics. A detailed list of all available books is available here.

The ACP photonics stock contains more than 90 book titles, which can be accessed and rented for home studies by every photonics Master's degree or doctoral student in the second floor of the ACP main building. To access or to borrow any of these books, please contact .