ACP auditorium photonics lecture.

Guest professors

ACP guest professors from all over the world are invited to join the ACP scientists for several weeks in challenging research collaborations and teaching activities in the Master's degree and doctoral programs.
ACP auditorium photonics lecture.
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

ACP runs a guest professor program which besides its research focus emphasizes involvement of world-class international researchers and scholars as guest professors in the education program of the Abbe School of Photonics. These visitors from all over the world are invited to join the ACP scientists for several weeks in challenging research collaborations and teaching activities in the Master's degree and doctoral programs.


Prof. Oliver Monit, University of Arizona. Prof. Oliver Monit, University of Arizona. Image: Private archive

Prof. Dr. Oliver MONTI

The University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

  • Carrier dynamics and quantum transport in organic semiconductors
  • Photovoltaic, spin and thermoelectric devices
  • Ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy

Prof. Monti is invited as a Honorary Guest Lecturer financed by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung at ACP in summer 2023. website of the Monti groupExternal link

Prof. Gregor Sauer, University of Würzburg. Prof. Gregor Sauer, University of Würzburg. Image: Private archive

Prof. Dr. Gregor SAUER

Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg (Germany)

  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Quantification of receptors
  • Biophysics of fungi and optogenetics

Prof. Sauer is invited as a Honorary Guest Lecturer financed by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung at ACP in summer 2023. website of the Sauer groupExternal link

Prof. Igor MEGLINSKI Prof. Igor MEGLINSKI Image: Aston University

Prof. Dr. Igor MEGLINSKI

Aston University (United Kingdom)

  • Development of new non-invasive imaging/diagnostic techniques
  • Dynamic light scattering in heterogeneous media
  • Spin and orbital angular momenta in biomedical diagnosis and tissue characterization

Prof. Meglinski is a Honorary Guest Lecturer financed by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung at ACP in March 2023. more information


Prof. Dr. Chris Poulton Prof. Dr. Chris Poulton Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Chris POULTON

Technical University of Sydney (Australia)

  • Numerics of wave propagation in composite materials
  • Confined states, waveguides and metamaterials
  • Photon-phonon-interactions and optomechanics

at ACP and Leibniz-IPHT from August 2021 until July 2022 for a full sabbatical; and previously for three months already in 2016 more details


Dr. Marc Mattingley-Scott (IBM Quantum). Dr. Marc Mattingley-Scott (IBM Quantum). Image: Private.


IBM Quantum (USA)

at ACP as short-term visitor in November 2020


Prof. Dr. Yuri Kivshar Prof. Dr. Yuri Kivshar Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Yuri KIVSHAR

Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)

  • Nonlinear physics and photonics
  • Physics of and nonlinear effects in metamaterials
  • Theoretical and experimental nanophotonics

at ACP as a Humboldt Research Award Grantee throughout in 2018/19 more details


Prof. Dr. Richard MILDREN Prof. Dr. Richard MILDREN Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Richard MILDREN

Macquarie University Sydney (Australia)

  • Crystalline and diamond Raman lasers
  • High power lasers and applications
  • Laser-induced phenomena on diamond surfaces

at Fraunhofer IOF and ACP from August until December 2018 more details

Prof. Dr. Theo LASSER Prof. Dr. Theo LASSER Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Theo LASSER

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland)

  • Coherent imaging including OCT
  • Holography and interferometry- fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy including FCS
  • Lifetime-imaging and biochip technology

at ACP in May and June 2018 more details

Prof. Dr. Wenshan CAI Prof. Dr. Wenshan CAI Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Wenshan CAI

Georgia Tech, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)

  • Micro- and nanophotonic materials and devices
  • Nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena
  • Optoelectronics and integrated photonics including solar energy harvesting

 at ACP in March 2018 more details


Prof. Dr. Igor Lednev Prof. Dr. Igor Lednev Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Igor LEDNEV

Department of Chemistry, State University of New York, Albany (USA)

  • Vibrational spectroscopy for biomedical research, disease diagnostics and forensic purposes
  • Deep UV resonance Raman spectroscopy
  • Attenuated total reflection (ATR) microspectroscopy

 at ACP in February and March 2017 more details

Prof. Dr. Giulio CERULLO Prof. Dr. Giulio CERULLO Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Giulio CERULLO

Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

  • Generation and control of ultrashort light pulses
  • Dynamics of ultrafast systems
  • Applications of ultrashort pulses in microscopy and nanomachining

at ACP in November 2017 more details


Dr. Jer-Shing Huang Dr. Jer-Shing Huang Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Jer-Shing HUANG

Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)

  • Plasmonic nanostructures and nanoantennas
  • Photophysical and photochemical light-matter-interaction at the nanoscale
  • Optical nanociruits and trapping

at ACP in September 2016 more details

Prof. Dr. Laura MARCU Prof. Dr. Laura MARCU Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Laura MARCU

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis (USA)

  • Fluorescence lifetime and imaging techniques
  • Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Clinical and biomedical applications 

at ACP in April 2016 more details

Prof. Dr. Igal BRENER Prof. Dr. Igal BRENER Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Igal BRENER

Sandia National Laboratories and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)

  • Semiconductor micro- and nanostructures
  • Solid-state lighting and III-nitride semiconductors
  • Low-index and THz metamaterials

 at ACP in April 2016 more details


Prof. N. Asger Mortensen Prof. N. Asger Mortensen Image: Private

Prof. N. Asger MORTENSEN

Denmark Technical University (Denmark)

Photonics Engineering
  • Semiclassical and quantum nanophotonics
  • Enhanced light-matter interaction by slow light and field enhancement
  • Hydrodynamical approach to nonlocal plasmonic responses

 at ACP in March and April 2015 more details

PD Dr. Sandro WIMBERGER PD Dr. Sandro WIMBERGER Image: Private


Dipartimento di Fisica e Science della Terra, Università di Parma (Italy)

Nonlinear Dymamics and Quantum Chaos
  • Classical and quantum dynamical systems
  • Transport phenomena
  • Dissipative optical lattices

 at ACP in February 2015 more details


Prof. Javier AIZPURUA Prof. Javier AIZPURUA Image: Private

Prof. Javier AIZPURUA

University of the Basque Country, the Basque Country (Spain)

Nano- and Quantum Plasmonics
  • Theory of nanophotonics
  • Active plasmonics and plasmonic nanoantennas
  • Field enhanced spectroscopy and microscopy

at ACP in November 2014 more details

Prof. Benjamin EGGLETON Prof. Benjamin EGGLETON Image: Private

Prof. Benjamin EGGLETON

School of Physics, University of Sidney (Australia)

Chip-based nonlinear optics
  • All-optical signal processing
  • Applied nonlinear optics
  • Photonic chips

at ACP in September 2014 more details

Prof. Mikhail N. SHNEIDER Prof. Mikhail N. SHNEIDER Image: Private

Prof. Mikhail N. SHNEIDER

Princeton University, Princeton (USA)

Theoretical plasma physics and nonlinear optics
  • Atmospheric electrical phenomena
  • Weakly-ionized plasma processes
  • Molecular ensembles in optical lattices

at ACP in May 2014 more details

Prof. Sheng-Lung HUANG Prof. Sheng-Lung HUANG Image: Private

Prof. Sheng-Lung HUANG

Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Photonic fibers and tomography technologies
  • Fiber based lasers and amplifiers
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Imaging of living cells and tissue

at ACP in May 2014 more details

Prof. Andrew BERGER Prof. Andrew BERGER Image: Private

Prof. Andrew BERGER

University of Rochester, NY (USA)

Biomedical Optics
  • Biomedical optics
  • Turbid tissue optics
  • Optical spectroscopy 

at ACP from November 2013 until July 2014 more details


Prof. Hiro-o HAMAGUCHI Prof. Hiro-o HAMAGUCHI Image: Private

Prof. Hiro-o HAMAGUCHI

College of Science, National Ciao Tung University (Taiwan)

Raman Spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy
  • Biological applications of Raman spectroscopy
  • Imaging of living cells 

at ACP in November 2013 more details

Prof. Pavel POLYNKIN Prof. Pavel POLYNKIN Image: Private

Prof. Pavel POLYNKIN

University of Arizona, Tucson (USA)

Laser-Matter Interaction
  • Ultrafast and extreme nonlinear optics
  • Laser filamentation
  • Laser plasmas for atmospheric applications 

at ACP in November 2013 more details

Prof. Markus POLLNAU Prof. Markus POLLNAU Image: Private

Prof. Markus POLLNAU

University of Twente, Enschede (The Netherlands)

Integrated Optics
  • Integrated optical microsystems
  • Fiber, thin film & waveguide optics
  • Rare-earth-ion spectroscopy

at ACP from September until November 2013 more details

Prof. Dragomir NESHEV Prof. Dragomir NESHEV Image: Private

Prof. Dragomir NESHEV

The Australien National University, Canberra (Australia)

Nonlinear Optical Media
  • Experimental photonics and nonlinear optics
  • Funtionalized optical metamaterials
  • Novel optical materials

at ACP in September and October 2013 more details

Prof. em. George STEGEMAN Prof. em. George STEGEMAN Image: Private

Prof. em. George STEGEMAN

University of Central Florida, Orlando (USA)

Nonlinear Optics
  • Extreme nonlinear optics and material nonlinearities
  • Discrete and acousto optics
  • Light scattering, all-optical switching and signal processing

at ACP in September 2013 more details

Prof. David D. SAMPSON Prof. David D. SAMPSON Image: Private

Prof. David D. SAMPSON

University of Western Australia (Australia)

Optical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical optics
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Optical elastography

at ACP in May and June 2013 more details

Prof. Jeff SQUIER Prof. Jeff SQUIER Image: Private

Prof. Jeff SQUIER

Colorado School of Mines (USA)

Microintegrated Optics
  • Multiphoton microscopy & 3D imaging
  • Lab-on-a-chip optical systems
  • Nonlinear optics

at ACP in May 2013 more details

Prof. Federico CAPASSO Prof. Federico CAPASSO Image: Private

Prof. Federico CAPASSO

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston (USA)

Advanced Photonics
  • Electrodynamical forces
  • Quantum cascade lasers
  • Nanophotonics

  at ACP in March and May 2013 more details


Prof. Fatkulla ABDULLAEV Prof. Fatkulla ABDULLAEV Image: Private

Prof. Fatkulla ABDULLAEV

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Theoretical Physics
  • Optical solitons in parity-time symmetric systems
  • Nonlinear wave phenomena in optical and atomic systems

 at ACP in December 2012 more details

Prof. Colin SHEPPARD Prof. Colin SHEPPARD Image: Private

Prof. Colin SHEPPARD

National University of Singapore (Singepore)

  • Pulsed beams
  • Scattering and imaging
  • Phase contrast microscopy

at ACP in July/August 2011 and November 2012 more details

Prof. Andrei LAVRINENKO Prof. Andrei LAVRINENKO Image: Private


Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark)

Photonics engineering & optical metamaterials
  • Artificial photonic materials
  • Bloch mode analysis in metamaterials
  • Engineering of Terahertz devices

at ACP in October 2012 more details

Prof. Nikolaos EFREMIDIS Prof. Nikolaos EFREMIDIS Image: Private

Prof. Nikolaos EFREMIDIS

University of Crete (Greece)

Mathematical modelling in optics
  • Linear and nonlinear wave phenomena
  • Dynamics of curved light
  • Numerical methods in optics and photonics

at ACP in October 2012 more details

Prof. Martijn DE STERKE Prof. Martijn DE STERKE Image: Private

Prof. Martijn DE STERKE

University of Sydney (Australia)

Linear and nonlinear photonic devices
  • Nonlinear and discrete optics
  • Photonic crystals and microstructured optical fibers
  • Semiconductor photonics

at ACP in October 2012 more details

Anne SENTENAC, PhD, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS Anne SENTENAC, PhD, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS Image: Private

Anne SENTENAC, PhD, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS

Institut Fresnel, Marseille (France)

High Resolution Microscopy
  • Optical diffraction tomography
  • High axial resolution microscopy

at ACP in August 2011 and August 2012 more details

Prof. Ortwin HESS Prof. Ortwin HESS Image: Private

Prof. Ortwin HESS

Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Nano Plasmonics
  • Nano-plasmonics with gain
  • From light localisation to ultrafast nano-lasers

at ACP in July 2012 more details

Prof. Costantino DE ANGELIS Prof. Costantino DE ANGELIS Image: Private

Prof. Costantino DE ANGELIS

University of Brescia (Italy)

Nonlinear Optics
  • Binary plasmonic waveguide arrays/
  • Modeling of broadband optical pulse propagation in quadratic media

at ACP in July 2012 more details

Prof. Sergei TRETYAKOV Prof. Sergei TRETYAKOV Image: Private

Prof. Sergei TRETYAKOV

Aalto University (Finland)

Theoretical Electrodynamics
  • Split rings and related structures: artificial magnetism
  • Wire media: artificial plasma
  • Double-negative materials, backward waves, negative refraction, perfect lens

at ACP in June and July 2012 more details

Prof. Aleksei ZHELTIKOV Prof. Aleksei ZHELTIKOV Image: Private

Prof. Aleksei ZHELTIKOV

Aalto University (Finland) Lomonov State University, Moscow (Russia) & Texas A&M University (USA)

Fiber Optics
  • Tailoring ultrashort lightwaves with photonic-crystal fibers
  • Nonlinear optics with photonic-crystal fibers
  • Laser-induced filamentation

at ACP in January, June and July 2012 more details

Prof. Markus RASCHKE Prof. Markus RASCHKE Image: Private

Prof. Markus RASCHKE

JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

Ultrafast Nano-Optics
  • Nanoscale optical control with optical antennas
  • Strong light-matter interaction: dressed states, single photon and extreme nonlinear optics
  • Fundamentals of nearfield optics and sub-wavelength resolution

at ACP in May and June 2012 more details

Prof. Martin RICHARDSON Prof. Martin RICHARDSON Image: Private


CREOL, University of Central Florida, Orlando (USA)

Fiber and Ultrafast Lasers
  • Development of Tm fiber lasers
  • Ultra-fast laser materials processing

at ACP in June 2011 and March and April 2012 more details

Prof. Kathleen RICHARDSON Prof. Kathleen RICHARDSON Image: Private

Prof. Kathleen RICHARDSON

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University (USA)

Optical glasses
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for optical applications
  • Structure-property relationships in glasses and ceramic media
  • Engineering of infrared glasses for optical applications

at ACP in June 2011 and March 2012 more details

Prof. Matthias SCHNÜRER Prof. Matthias SCHNÜRER Image: Private

Prof. Matthias SCHNÜRER

Max-Born-Institut, Berlin (GERMANY)

Laser Matter Interaction
  • Laser acceleration experiments: Experimental techniques & measurement of strong fields
  • Strong fields in laser plasmas: Electron kinematics, laser absorption & particle acceleration

at ACP in January 2012 more details


Prof. Erich ROHWER Prof. Erich ROHWER Image: Private

Prof. Erich ROHWER

University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Laser Spectroscopy
  • Tunable VUV radiation for laser spectroscopy
  • Excitation of electronic states by VUV lasers
  • Generation of higher harmonics

at ACP in June/December 2011 more details

Prof. Philippe GRELU Prof. Philippe GRELU Image: Private

Prof. Philippe GRELU

University de Bourgogne, Dijon (France)

Solitons, Lasers and Optical Communication
  • Mode-locked figer lasers
  • Dissipative solitons
  • Soliton molecules and light bullets

at ACP in November 2011 more details

Prof. Alexander DREISCHUH Prof. Alexander DREISCHUH Image: Private

Prof. Alexander DREISCHUH

University of Sofia (Bulgaria)

Nonlinear Optics
  • Third-order optical nonlinearities and optical solitons
  • Optical holographyt+Professor
  • Ultrashort laser pulse generation

at ACP from August until November 2011 more details

Prof. Alexey BELYANIN Prof. Alexey BELYANIN Image: Private

Prof. Alexey BELYANIN

Texas A&M University (USA)

Optics of semiconductor nanostructures
  • Quantum confinement of electrons in nanostructures
  • Nonlinear dynamics and mode locking in quantum cascade lasers
  • Nanophotonics, graphene and novel nanomaterials

at ACP in June 2011 more details

Prof. Alexander G. RAMM Prof. Alexander G. RAMM Image: Private

Prof. Alexander G. RAMM

University of Kansas (USA)

Mathematical physics
  • Wave scattering by many small particles
  • Creating materials with desired refraction coefficients

at ACP in June 2011 more details