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.
Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro- and Nano-Optics
apl. Prof. Dr. Uwe ZEITNER
Application of multicolor holograms in the lab.
Applied Optics
Prof. Dr. Andreas TÜNNERMANN
Wafer inspection in the clean room.
Atomic Layer Deposition
Dr. Adriana SZEGHALMI
High-performance computer cluster.
Condensed Matter Theory
Prof. Dr. Silvana BOTTI
Prof. Markus Schmidt.
Fiber Sensors
Prof. Dr. Markus A. SCHMIDT
Prof. Jens Limpert.
Fiber & Waveguide Lasers
Prof. Dr. Jens LIMPERT
Prof. Isabelle Staude in the Nano Lab.
Functional Photonic Nanostructures
Prof. Dr. Isabelle STAUDE
3D facial image recognition and patterning.
History of Physics with focus on Science Communication
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timo MAPPES
Spectroscopic characterization of an artificial nanooptical metamaterail.
Nano & Quantum Optics
Prof. Dr. Thomas PERTSCH
Nanophotonic molecular interaction.
Nanoplasmonics
Dr. Jer-Shing HUANG
Investigation of the melting process of optical glass.
Optical Materials
Prof. Lothar WONDRACZEK
Digital seminar of the Optical System Design Group.
Optical System Design
Prof. Dr. Herbert GROSS
Single-photon source for secure quantum communication.
Optics in 2D-Materials
Dr. Falk EILENBERGER
Prof. Ulrich S.Schubert.
Organic & Macromolecular Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Ulrich SCHUBERT
Nonlinear optics spectroscopy lab.
Organic Thin Films & Surface Science
Prof. Dr. Torsten FRITZ
Satellite-based earth inspection.
Quantum Communication Technologies
Dr. Fabian STEINLECHNER
Quantum optical setup.
Quantum Optics
Dr. Frank SETZPFANDT
Sample inspection at the scanning electron microscope.
Physics of Nanoscale Solids
Prof. Carsten RONNING
Prof. Felix Schacher.
Polymeric Nanostructures
Prof. Dr. Felix SCHACHER
Prof. Ulf Peschel.
Solid State Optics
Prof. Dr. Ulf PESCHEL
Special optical glass along with a 3D lattice model.
Structure-Property Relationships in Glasses
Prof. Dr. Delia BRAUER
Inspection of a nanostructured optical surface.
Theoretical Nanophotonics
Dr. Christin DAVID
Prof. Stefan Nolte in the short-pulse laser lab.
Ultrafast Optics
Prof. Dr. Stefan NOLTE
Experimental laser setup.
Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy
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.

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