Inauguration ceremony of the new ACP building in 2016.

Principal scientists

All ACP principal scientists are independently running a reseach group in or related to photonics.
Inauguration ceremony of the new ACP building in 2016.
Image: Dorit Schmidt, ASP Jena.

The ACP regular membership is open to all members of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena de who are leading their own research group in the field of optics and photonics and are regularly engaged in teaching in the Abbe School of Photonics.

Prof. Michael Bauer Prof. Michael Bauer Image: Michael Szabo, UKJ

Prof. Dr. Michael BAUER

Experimental Anesthesiology

  • In vivo fluorescence microscopy
  • Hepatic function monitoring by dye exclusion
  • In situ assessment of stellate cell composition
Prof. Dr. Christoph Biskup Prof. Dr. Christoph Biskup Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Christoph BISKUP

Biomolecular Photonics

  • Quantitative multidimensional fluorescence microscopy (mwFLIM, FRET, confocal patch clamp fluorometry)
  • Synthesis and characterization of indicators and nanosensors for ions and biomolecules
  • Structural and functional relationships of ion channels
PD Dr. Thomas Bocklitz. PD Dr. Thomas Bocklitz. Image: Sven Döring / Leibniz-IPHT.


Photonic-Data Science

  • Machine learning for photonic image data
  • Chemometrics for spectral data
  • Correlation of different measurement methods and data fusion
Prof. Dr. Michael Börsch Prof. Dr. Michael Börsch Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Michael BÖRSCH

Single-Molecule Microscopy

  • Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy
  • Nanomanipulation of biological protein machines with optical feedback
  • Optical super-resolution microscopy
Silvana BOTTI Silvana BOTTI Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Silvana BOTTI

Condensed Matter Theory

  • Many-body solid-state theory
  • Theoretical spectroscopy
  • Optical properties of solids and nanostructures
Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage Prof. Dr. Axel Brakhage Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Axel BRAKHAGE

Microbiology & Molecular Biology

  • Pathobiology of Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Microbial communication and activation of silent gene clusters of the fungal secondary metabolism
  • Eukaryotic transcription factors
Prof. Dr. Delia Brauer Prof. Dr. Delia Brauer Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Delia BRAUER

Structure-Property Relationships in Glasses

  • Structure-property relationship in silicate and phosphate glasses
  • Fluoride-containing glasses and glass-ceramics for applications in optics and photonics
  • Improving the hydrolytic stability of phosphate glasses


Smart Photonics

  • Optical system automation and machine learning
  • Nonlinear fiber optics
  • Adaptive fiber systems
Dr. Maria Chernysheva. Dr. Maria Chernysheva. Image: Private


Ultrafast Fiber Laser Systems

  • Ultrashort pulses in fiber laser sources
  • Advancement of optical fiber materials, structures and nonlinearities
  • Fiber applications for biophotonics
Dr. Christin David. Dr. Christin David. Image: Private

Dr. Christin DAVID

Theoretical Nanophotonics

  • Plasmonic and dielectric nanoparticle distributions and ultrathin multilayers
  • Amorphous structures and surface roughness
  • Nanostructured devices for spectroscopy, microscopy, photovoltaics and catalysis
Volker DECKERT Volker DECKERT Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Volker DECKERT


  • Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS)
  • Label-free single molecule spectroscopy
  • Membranes and membrane proteins
Benjamin DIETZEK-IVANSIC. Benjamin DIETZEK-IVANSIC. Image: Sven Döring (Leibniz-IPHT)

Prof. Dr. Benjamin DIETZEK-IVANSIC

Molecular Photonics

  • Spatial and temporal resolved nanospectroscopy
  • Light-induced transfers in artificial molecules
  • Microspectroscopy of bio-molecular systems
Prof. Christian Eggeling Prof. Christian Eggeling Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Christian EGGELING

Biophysical Imaging

  • Advanced microscopy for the investigation of molecular organization and dynamics in cells
  • Superresolution STED microscopy
  • Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy


Optics in 2D-Materials

  • Fundamental optical properties of 2D-Materials
  • Integration of 2D-Materials in optical systems and components
  • Application of 2D materials for light sources and imaging systems
Jun. Prof. Christian Franke. Jun. Prof. Christian Franke. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian FRANKE

Digitized Experimental Microscopy

  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Single-molecule localization and random structured illumination microscopy
  • 3D stereophotogrammetry
Prof. Torsten Fritz Prof. Torsten Fritz Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Torsten FRITZ

Organic Thin Films & Surface Science

  • Structure-property relations in organic molecules and thin films
  • Optical in situ spectroscopy of ultrathin films
  • Electronic and optical properties of 2D materials
Prof. Dr. Stephan Fritzsche Prof. Dr. Stephan Fritzsche Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Stephan FRITZSCHE

Relativistic Quantum Dynamics

  • Multi-photon ionization dynamics in intense FEL radiation
  • Light-matter interactions in strong Coulomb fields
  • Particle beams carrying quantized orbital angular momentum
Prof. Wolfgang Fritzsche. Prof. Wolfgang Fritzsche. Image: Sven Döring

apl. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang FRITZSCHE


  • Molecular Plasmonics
  • Plasmonic Sensing
  • Micro-Nano-Integration
Torsten FROSCH Torsten FROSCH Image: Sven Döring

Dr. Torsten FROSCH

Fiber Spectrocsopic Sensing

  • Fiber spectroscopic sensing
  • Spectroscopic gas sensing
  • Raman spectroscopy and imaging
Holger GIES Holger GIES Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Holger GIES

Quantum Field Theory

  • Light propagation in modified quantum vacua
  • Fundamental physics at the intensity frontier
  • Quantum optical analogues of field theory phenomena
Stefanie GRÄFE Stefanie GRÄFE Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Stefanie GRÄFE

Theoretical Chemistry

  • Strong-field molecular physics and chemistry
  • Electronic and spectroscopic properties of molecular systems
  • Theoretical methods in Femtosecond Chemistry and Attosecond Physics
Prof. Dr. Stefan Heinemann Prof. Dr. Stefan Heinemann Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Stefan HEINEMANN


  • Photonic regulation of membrane potential and optogenetics
  • Single-cell sensors for phototoxicity
  • Optical monitoring of cellular function
Rainer HEINTZMANN Rainer HEINTZMANN Image: Sven Döring, IPHT Jena.

Prof. Dr. Rainer HEINTZMANN

Biological Nanoimaging

  • Multidimensional imaging in biological systems
  • Structured illumination microscopy
  • Fluorescence microscopy in living cells
PD Dr. habil. Jer-Shing Huang, Leibniz-IPHT PD Dr. habil. Jer-Shing Huang, Leibniz-IPHT Image: Sven Döring, IPHT Jena.

PD Dr. habil. Jer-Shing HUANG


  • Surface plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy
  • Plasmonic photovoltaics
  • Optical nanocircuits and smart analytical platforms
Prof. Dr. Malte Kaluza Prof. Dr. Malte Kaluza Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Malte KALUZA

Relativistic Laser Physics

  • Generation of petawatt laser sources
  • Laser-driven particle acceleration
  • Relativistic laser-plasma interactions
Dr. Daniil Kartashov Dr. Daniil Kartashov Image: Private


Strong Field Nanophotonics

  • Plasma based X-ray sources
  • Nonlinear optics on the nanoscale
  • Ultrabroad spectral continuum generation
Erika KOTHE Erika KOTHE Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Erika KOTHE

Microbial Communication

  • Microimaging of fungal cells
  • Visualization of molecular interactions
  • Detection of communication molecules
Dr. Matthias Kübel. Dr. Matthias Kübel. Image: Private archive.

Dr. Matthias KÜBEL

Molecular Movies

  • Time-resolved molecular imaging
  • Correlated ionization dynamics
  • Few-cycle laser pulses, harmonic generation and interferometry
Prof. Dr. Jens Limpert Prof. Dr. Jens Limpert Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Jens LIMPERT

Fiber & Waveguide Lasers

  • Design of high-performance & short-pulse laser systems, Novel fiber designs
  • Fiber-optical frequency conversion
  • High repetition rate Attosecond-pulse generation and characterization
Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorkowski Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorkowski Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Stefan LORKOWSKI

Imaging of Cellular Processes

  • Uptake and intracellular transport of small molecules (nutrients, metabolites and drugs)
  • Visualization of molecular processes in atherosclerosis
  • Immune cells as therapeutic targets and biological read-out systems
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timo Mappes Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timo Mappes Image: Private

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timo MAPPES

History of Physics with focus on Science Communication

  • Transferring historic optics concepts to recent applications in optics and photonics
  • Reproducing, revisiting and interconnecting milestones in optics and photonics
  • Science communication in optics and photonics
Prof. Ute Neugebauer Prof. Ute Neugebauer Image: Private


Clinical Spectroscopic Diagnostics

  • Spectroscopic elucidation of pathogenesis mechanisms during difficult-to-treat infections
  • Spectroscopic characterization of the host response during inflammation, infection and sepsis
  • Characterization of drug-pathogen interactions to reveal phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility
Stefan NOLTE Stefan NOLTE Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Stefan NOLTE

Ultrafast Optics

  • Material processing with ultrashort laser pulses
  • 3D structuring inside transparent materials
  • Linear and nonlinear optics in discrete systems
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Paulus Prof. Dr. Gerhard Paulus Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard PAULUS

Nonlinear Optics

  • Quantum optics with single optical cycles
  • Attosecond laser physics
  • Nonlinear optics with vortex beams
Thomas PERTSCH Thomas PERTSCH Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Thomas PERTSCH

Nano & Quantum Optics

  • Photonic nanomaterials and metamaterials
  • Nanoplasmonics
  • Nonlinear space-time dynamics
Prof. Dr. Ulf Peschel Prof. Dr. Ulf Peschel Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Ulf PESCHEL

Solid State Optics

  • Integrated optics and nanophotonics
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Electromagnetic modelling
Adrian PFEIFFER Adrian PFEIFFER Image: Private

Dr. Adrian N. PFEIFFER

Attosecond Laser Physics

  • Novel technologies for attosecond science
  • Time-resolved deep UV spectroscopy
  • Strong-field driven electron dynamics


Jürgen Popp Jürgen Popp Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Jürgen POPP


  • Raman spectroscopy for biomedical diagnostics (microbial analysis & cell and tissue diagnostics)
  • Multimodal imaging
  • Chip based analytics and diagnostics


Carsten RONNING Carsten RONNING Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Carsten RONNING

Physics of Nanoscale Solids

  • Semiconductor nanowires
  • Metasurfaces
  • Photovoltaics



Dr. Jan Rothhardt Dr. Jan Rothhardt Image: Private


X-ray Spectroscopy and Microscopy

  • Laser-based short wavelength sources and spectroscopy
  • Nanometer scale imaging techniques
  • XUV spectroscopy of highly charged ions


Prof. Dr. Felix Schacher Prof. Dr. Felix Schacher Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Felix SCHACHER

Polymeric Nanostructures

  • Self-assembly of macromolecules
  • Synthesis & characterization of functional polymers
  • Hierachical structures


Prof. Heidemarie Schmidt. Prof. Heidemarie Schmidt. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Heidemarie SCHMIDT

Quantum Detection

  • Cryogenic single photon detectors
  • Impedance biochips
  • Magnetooptics and electrooptics



Markus SCHMIDT Markus SCHMIDT Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Markus A. SCHMIDT

Fiber Sensors

  • Novel concepts in fiber optics (e.g. plasmonics, metamaterials)
  • Nanophotonics
  • Biophotonic fiber sensors


apl. Prof. Michael Schmitt. apl. Prof. Michael Schmitt. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

apl. Prof. Dr. Michael SCHMITT

Material- & Biophotonics

  • Non-linear multimodal microspectroscopy
  • Raman- and resonance Raman spectroscopy
  • Optical Pathology



Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Ulrich SCHUBERT

Organic & Macromolecular Chemistry

  • Chemical fabrication methods for photonic materials
  • Nanolithograhy and Nanochemistry
  • Block copolymer nanostructures


Dr. Frank Setzpfandt Dr. Frank Setzpfandt Image: Private


Quantum Optics

  • Quantum Imaging
  • Photon-pair generation
  • Nonlinear optics



Jun. Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Soavi Jun. Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Soavi Image: Private

Jun. Prof. Dr. Giancarlo SOAVI

Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy

  • Optics of 2D materials
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear optics


Christian SPIELMANN Christian SPIELMANN Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Christian SPIELMANN

Quantum Electronics

  • Generation of laser based coherent x-ray radiation
  • High resolution x-ray microscopy
  • Time resolved x-ray spectroscopy


Prof. Isabelle Staude. Prof. Isabelle Staude. Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Isabelle STAUDE

Photonic Nanomaterials

  • High-index dielectric nanoparticles
  • Nanoantennas and hybrid quantum systems
  • Functional metasurfaces



Fabian STEINLECHNER Fabian STEINLECHNER Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)


Quantum Communication Technologies

  • Nonlinear quantum optics
  • High-dimensional quantum information processing
  • Long-distance quantum communication


Dr. Ronny STOLZ Dr. Ronny STOLZ Image: Leibniz-IPHT

Dr. Ronny STOLZ

Quantum Systems

  • Superconductivity,
  • Experimental Quantum Technologies
  • Geophysical mineral exploration methods
  • Magnetic, electromagnetic and gravimetric methods in Geophysics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöhlker Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöhlker Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Thomas STÖHLKER

Atomic Physics in Extreme Coulomb & Laser Fields

  • x-ray spectroscopy, polarimetry & instrumentation
  • Laser-based x-ray generation
  • Strong field effects in the dynamics and structure of simple atomic systems at high-Z
Adriana SZEGHALMI Adriana SZEGHALMI Image: Private


Atomic Layer Deposition

  • Thin film coatings for optical applications
  • Technology research on novel ALD methods
  • Resonant diffractive optical elements
Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Andreas TÜNNERMANN

Applied Optics

  • Design, manufacturing & characterization of advanced photonic systems (e.g. freeform optics)
  • Diode pumped solid state lasers and amplifiers
  • Laser - material interaction
Andrey TURCHANIN Andrey TURCHANIN Image: Private

Prof. Dr. Andrey TURCHANIN

Applied Physical Chemistry & Molecular Nanotechnology

  • Emerging two-dimensional materials (graphene, carbon nanomembranes, MoS2, etc.) and their van der Waals heterostructures
  • Nanolithography and ultramicroscopy
  • Applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices
Dr. Tobias Vogl. Dr. Tobias Vogl. Image: Private.

Dr. Tobias VOGL

Integrated Quantum Systems

  • Solid-state quantum photonics
  • Resonant optical systems
  • Satellite-based quantum science and technology
Prof. Lothar Wondraczek Prof. Lothar Wondraczek Image: Private

Prof. Dr.-Ing Lothar WONDRACZEK

Optical Materials

  • Topological origin of the properties of non-crystalline and glassy solids
  • Characterization of glasses by optical and x-ray scattering techniques
  • Development of new glass composites for optical applications
Prof. Matt Zepf. Prof. Matt Zepf. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Matt ZEPF

Laser-Particle Acceleration

  • Strong Field Physics/QED
  • Laser-driven particle acceleration
  • Relativistic laser-plasma interactions