Penultimate amplification stage of the the POLARIS laser system.


Penultimate amplification stage of the the POLARIS laser system.
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

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ACP strongly supports the transfer of fundamental research results to industrial applications. To promote strategic partnerships, the ACP research community sustains a dense network of partner universities, non-university research institutes, and industry partners.

Partner universities (national)


Since 2018, ACP is co-coordinating one of the three prestigious Max Planck Schools, which were implemented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as national networks of excellence with a sum of EUR 25 million and by the Fraunhofer-Society with an additional support of EUR 4 million. The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) focuses the key strengths of the German photonics community and supports highly skilled young researchers on a world class level.

Partner universities (international)


The partnership between the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CAS) and ACP relies on a long-term exchange of people, ideas and workshops. Since 2016, the most excellent students from CIOMP are preselected to receive preferred slots in our Master program in Photonics.

Funded by the Excellence Initiative of the University of Bordeaux, the Cluster of Excellence LAPHIA: Laser & Photonics in Aquitaine aims to create a consortium around sciences of light - optics, photonics, lasers. The Aquitaine Region has brought together buisnesses and research scientists to create France's biggest regional laser-optics industry. Starting from 2018, ACP has become a premium partner in the Bordeaux International Support (BIS) program, facilitating student and staff exchanges.

Research institutes (non-university)

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