12 December 2010

Jena strenghtens Photonics Cluster with the "Abbe Center of Photonics"

Jena. Optics and photonics take a central role in resolving fundamental issues of the 21st Century in the areas of environment, health, energy, information, and security. The Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, together with numerous local partners has a wide experience and excellent expertise in this area. Now these partners go one step further and strengthen their research focus for optics, photonics and photonic technologies, by institutionalizing it in the "Abbe Center of Photonics" (ACP). Today this center was officially opened.

"With the Abbe Center of Photonics the cluster creates a new action centre in one of its core areas," says Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus Dicke, "an action center where the vital co-operation between science and industry in Jena lives on. " The ACP, which was borne by the three science faculties and the medical faculty, will act as the central bridge in interdisciplinary research in the field of optics and photonics, materials and life sciences. In the center the research and training in the area will be coordinated, strategically aligned and integrated in an international network. Apart from the research, the Abbe School of Photonics will play a decisive role within the ACP, by bundling the overall training of young scientists in photonics. "This new center, devoted to the the scientist and entrepreneur Ernst Abbe, will be the central core in Thuringia for research and industry in the field of optics. It has the potential to compete globally, "Rector Dicke is convinced.

The research program of the Abbe Center has two main goals: Firstly, produce light with extreme properties, explore its interaction with matter and evaluate its potential application in the time-and space-resolved spectroscopy and microscopy of solids, surfaces and biological materials in optical systems. Secondly to develope and manufacture innovative nanostructured materials for the fullest possible control of light properties. Apart from the “training unit” Abbe School of Photonics, the center will focus on four topics: Ultra-optics, strong-field laser physics, photonic materials and biophotonics. The strongly interdisciplinary groups of the ACP will be situated in the northern part of the Beutenberg Campus in a new building with 2,600 m2 of main floor space, have to be financed by federal and state and should be completed by end of 2013.
The new building will also facilitate the transfer of research results into practice, because also scientists from non-university institutions (for example the IPHT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics) and the economy are among the committed partners on the campus.

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