Guest Professors

ACP runs an extensive guest program emphasizing involvement of world-class international scientists as guest professors in the research and education program.

ACP runs an extensive 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. Further, ACP guest professors regularly offer valuable feedback based on their personal perspectives.

Moreover, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers various welcome services for international guest scientists and professors.

>> 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011



Prof. Dr. Wei MIN
Columbia University, New York (USA)

  • Biophotonic spectroscopy and microscopy
  • New chemical biology and imaging probes
  • Biological and medical applications
at ACP and Leibniz-IPHT in 2020 >> more

Prof. Dr. Oren COHEN
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

  • Generation and application of ultrashort EUV pulses via HHG
  • Super-resolution imaging and diagnostics of ultrashort pulses
  • Optically induced atmospheric waveguides and spatio-temporal solitons
at ACP in 2020 >> more



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



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

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

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



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

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



Prof. Dr. Chris POULTON
Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Technical University of Sydney (Australia)

  • Numerics of wave propagation in composite materials
  • Confined states, waveguides and metamaterials
  • Photon-phonon-interactions and optomechanics
at ACP from September until November 2016 >> more

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

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

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



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

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



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

Prof. Benjamin EGGLETON
School of Physics, University of Sydney (Australia)

Chip-based nonlinear optics

  • All-optical signal processing
  • Applied nonlinear optics
  • Photonic chips
at ACP in September 2014 >> more

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

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


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



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


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


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

Prof. Dragomir NESHEV
The Australian 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


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


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

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

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



Prof. Fatkulla ABDULLAEV
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNSEPS), 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

Prof. Colin SHEPPARD
National University of Singapore (Singapore)


  • Pulsed beams
  • Scattering and imaging
  • Phase contrast microscopy
at ACP in July/August 2011 and November 2012  >> more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Aleksei ZHELTIKOV
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

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

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

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

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



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 and December 2011 >> more

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

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

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

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