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Profile Line "LIGHT"


The laudable work of Zeiss, Abbe and Schott is globally recognised as a prime example of innovative symbiotic collaboration, consisting of excellent basic and applied research as well as successful,  internationally oriented entrepreneurship.

Under this umbrella, the aim of the profile line is to foster the scientific strength of the Optics and Photonics sector and to integrate research on Innovative Materials and Technologies and Energy Research as further research topics. Within the scope of this scientific background, creating sustainableinterdisciplinary links with the fields of biology and medicine will encourage fruitful cooperations within the University motto Light - Life - Liberty.

Optics and Photonics research at the University concentrates on three research fields: ultra optics (nanooptics, laser physics, photonic materials and optical systems), strong field physics (high-intensity lasers, laser physics and X-ray optics) and  biophotonics (spectral-optical analytics, biomedical imaging, chip-based analytics and diagnostics).

The field of Innovative Materials and Energy Storage focuses on areas such as synthetic macro-molecules, polysaccharides, nano-structured sensors and nano-materials as well as the production of synthetic "minimal cells" or aspects of modern methods and processes in glass and polymer chemistry.


Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP),
Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry (CEEC)
Center for Medical Optics and Photonics (CeMOP)
Jena Center for Soft Matter (JCSM)
Michael Stifel Center for Data-Driven and Simulation Science (MSCJ)

Research structures:

RTG 1523, IRTG 2101
RU 1616, RU 2285
PP 1568, 1594, 1840,
1 Centre for Innovation Competence (ZIK)
1 BMBF 2020
2 Horizon 2020
1 BMBF Research Campus

Faculties involved:

Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Biology and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Cooperation Partners:

Helmholtz Institute Jena (HI), Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (IPHT), Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering Jena (IOF), Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems Hermsdorf (ITKS).

Steering committee:

The steering committe serves as the reporting and strategic body of the "Light" profile line.
The sokesperson of the steering committee is Prof. G. Paulus (Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics) and
the deputy spokesperson is Prof. U. S. Schubert (Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry).

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