Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
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Ultra Optics

Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Image: Thomas Ernstling/ Gruner & Jahr.

Ultra Optics constitutes a synergistic combination of nanooptics, laser physics, photonic materials, optical systems and quantum technologies. The combination of these fields into one common key research area fundamentally opens new possibilities for generating and controlling light in a spatio-temporal way using virtually arbitrary properties. In this way, a bridge is built between fundamental research and industrial applications.

ACP's key research area Ultra Optics was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as a "Center for Innovation Competence" (ZIK) in 2005. ACP's quantum technolgies are particularly supported by the Thuringian Innovation Center for Quantum Optics and Sensing - InQuoSens).

Electron-beam written optical circuits on a 4-inch silicon wafer.
Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Prof. Dr. Andreas TÜNNERMANN
Wafer inspection in the clean room.
Dr. Adriana SZEGHALMI
International Team including Silvana Botti was awarded the Breakthrough of the Year 2020 prize by Physics World magazine.
Prof. Dr. Silvana BOTTI
Prof. Markus Schmidt.
Prof. Dr. Markus A. SCHMIDT
Fiber lasers lab.
Prof. Dr. Jens LIMPERT
Illustration of a spectrum heliostate in the future D.O.M.
Adjustment of an optical chip with a quantum light source.
Spectroscopic characterization of an artificial nanooptical metamaterail.
Prof. Dr. Thomas PERTSCH
Graphical summary of selected research results.
PD Dr. habil Jer-Shing HUANG
Investigation of the melting process of optical glass.
Prof. Lothar WONDRACZEK
Single-photon source for secure quantum communication.
Dr. Falk EILENBERGER
Prof. Ulrich S.Schubert.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich SCHUBERT
Nonlinear optics spectroscopy lab.
Satellite-based earth inspection.
Dr. Fabian STEINLECHNER
Leibniz-IPHT Jena.
Prof. Dr. Heidemarie SCHMIDT
Quantum optical setup.
Dr. Frank SETZPFANDT
Adjustment of a photonic quantum magnetometer inside a shielded environment.
Dr. Ronny STOLZ
Prof. Isabelle Staude in the Nano Lab.
Prof. Dr. Isabelle STAUDE
Sample inspection at the scanning electron microscope.
Prof. Dr. Carsten RONNING
Prof. Felix Schacher.
Prof. Dr. Felix SCHACHER
Prof. Ulf Peschel.
Prof. Dr. Ulf PESCHEL
Special optical glass along with a 3D lattice model.
Inspection of a nanostructured optical surface.
Dr. Christin DAVID
Real-time ultrashort pulse dynamics and switching by the Chernysheva research group in Jena.
Dr. Maria CHERNYSHEVA
Prof. Stefan Nolte in the short-pulse laser lab.
Prof. Dr. Stefan NOLTE
Experimental laser setup.
Jun.Prof. Giancarlo SOAVI

History of Ultra Optics

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In 2002, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) started the program "Centres for Innovation Competence" within the scheme "Unternehmen Region". At the University of Jena and since 2005, this program has stimulated a strategy process which led to a sustainable restructuring of the local research on optics and photonics. The first two Junior Research Groups  established through this initiative were "Nanooptics" led by ACP principal scientist Thomas PERTSCH and "Relativistic Laser Physics" led by ACP principal scientist Malte KALUZA. These two groups acted as nuclei for a professional focus and the establishment of the Centre for Innovation Competence ZIK ultra optics, which was designed by a coordinated appeal and investment policies of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Moreover, in 2011 another two Junior Research Groups were granted by the BMBF within a second funding period of ZIK ultra optics, providing financial support until 2016. These groups are concerned with the former "Diamond- & Carbon Based Optical Systems" (Alexander SZAMEIT) and "Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro- and Nano-Optics" (Uwe ZEITNER).

Due to its great success, ZIK ultra optics was the major driving force for the foundation of the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) in 2010 and fostered the integration of Jena's research on optics and photonics with a much wider scope. Today, Ultra Optics is the first of three ACP key research areas and a synonym for successful research at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena with structural roots in innovative training programs as well as cooperative industrial relations. Today, the innovation fields and lines of research of Ultra Optics are particularly matched and crosslinked with one of ACP's prime collaborating institutions, the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Fraunhofer IOF) in Jena. In sum, numerous significant development stimuli of Ultra Optics during the last decade have led to the establishment of sustainable structures and cooperative relations with other institutions of science and economics, which reach out far beyond academia.