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Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
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Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Prof. Dr. Andreas TÜNNERMANN

Email: andreas.tuennermann@uni-jena.de
Phone: +49 3641-9-47800

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Andreas Tünnermann was head of the department of development at the Laser Zentrum Hannover from 1992 to 1997. In 1994 he has become the national scientific coordinator for the topic diode pumped solid state lasers within the LASER 2000 programme. In the beginning of 1998 he joined the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany as a Professor and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics. In 2003 he became the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena.

The groups lead by Andreas Tünnermann conduct application-oriented research in the field of optical systems engineering on behalf of our clients in industry and within publicly-funded collaborative projects. The objective is to develop innovative optical systems to control light, from its generation to its application in the cutting-edge fields of energy, environment, information, communication, healthcare, medical technology, safety and mobility. To achieve these goals, the entire process chain, from the system design to the manufacture of prototype optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems is charted.

Research areas

Andreas Tünnermann is leading one of the most creative research groups in modern optics and photonics world-wide.The group is involved in groundbreaking experiments in fundamental physics like the observation of gravitational waves applying laser interferometers but also in applied research activities with strong economic and ecological impact like the development of nano layers for photon managements in highly efficient thin film solar cells. The blend of experience and knowledge manifests itself in a work that has attracted and continues to attract considerable attention as proven by over 700 peer-reviewed publications, and more than 130 invited talks at most important national and international conferences, including plenary talks and tutorials - h-index= 83 (web of Knowledge 04/2020).

Andreas Tünnermann's main research interests include scientific and technological aspects associated with the tailoring of light. Research topics are the design and manufacturing of novel photonic devices and their application for light generation, amplification, steering and switching, including:

  • functional optical surfaces and coatings
  • micro- and nanooptics
  • optical fibers, waveguides, and fiber lasers
  • imaging and projection systems

Teaching fields


Andreas Tünnermann has a strong record of inspiring the next generation of researchers. He has to date supervised more than 100 students to successful completion of PhD. Of his former graduate students and post-docs, at least eleven have become full-professors, further three assistant professors.

Prof. Tünnermann teaches students in the courses B.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Physics and M.Sc. Photonics. He offers lectures in:

  • fundamental experimental physics
  • atomic and molecular physics
  • laser physics and ultra-short physics

Research methods

The laboratories of the Institute of Applied Physics and of the Fraunhofer Institute Jena offer world-unique facilities, including the following to name only a few:

  • 860 m2 class 10,000 to 10 clean room area
  • electron beam lithography (Vistec SB350 OS) and related
  • nanostructure technology
  • ultra-precise diamond tools for 3D pattern generation

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