Prof. Mappes is the founding director of Deutsches Optisches Museum (D.O.M.). In 2018 he joined FSU after having run global R&D for the spectacle lens business of ZEISS. In parallel to latest technology, Prof. Mappes’ private passion for more than 25 years are antique optical instruments. In Jena he is now creating a new type of museum by merging science center elements with historic artefacts of optics, combining it with the showcase of the latest research results in optics and photonics. The D.O.M. currently is undertaking three major projects:
In the Master course “Milestones in Optics”, Prof. Mappes is reflecting on the physics of optical systems and instruments, as well as their application, economics and relevance. He also shares his industrial background in workshops on science communication.
Research at D.O.M. is developed from scratch with focus on its research areas. The museum’s collection is a unique source of entire systems or optical glass:
There are several fields D.O.M. team members are or have been working on recently:
Developing didactic workflows to enable laymen to prove optical performance. For industrial applications a sales process was designed, along with the matching robust optical test system to compare optical parameters beyond the visible spectrum .
Transforming the challenges of classical optical limits to a none-optical regime and re-transforming the solutions to address basic technical limitations [3, 4].
 Rifai et al., Biomedical Optics Express 9, 1948 (2018).
 Lappe et al., US Patent US10782540.B2 (Granted 2020).
 Mappes et al., US Patent US9939660.B2 (granted 2018).
 Mappes et al., European Patent EP3312661.B1 (granted 2020).
 Siedentopf et al., Annalen der Physik 315, 1 (1902).
 Mappes et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 11208 (2012).