Laboratory of the Abbe School of Photonics

LIGHT profile

The LIGHT profile encompasses research in the areas Optics and Photonics, Materials and Nanotechnologies, Energy Research and Environmental Technologies and Data-driven Sciences.
Laboratory of the Abbe School of Photonics
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About the LIGHT profile

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 LIGHT profile is to foster the scientific strength of the Optics and Photonics sector and to integrate research on Materials and Nanotechnologies, Energy Research and Data-driven Sciences as further main research areas. Within the scope of this scientific background, creating sustainable interdisciplinary links with the fields of biology and medicine have been encouraging fruitful cooperations within the University motto LIGHT-LIFE-LIBERTY.

Main Research Areas

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The funding program of the LIGHT profile

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    Supporting members of the LIGHT profile The LIGHT profile aims to initiate and catalyze interfaculty cooperation and to promote new collaborations and research initiatives within LIGHT’s main research areas. To ensure the continuous development and expansion of existing structures in research and teaching, the LIGHT profile supports researchers with a flexible funding program. An overview of the funding lines can be found here.


The coordination team of the LIGHT profile serves as the reporting and strategic body. Spokesperson of the coordination team is Prof. Dr. Thomas Pertsch (Institute of Applied Physics) and deputy spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Felix Schacher (Institute for Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry).

Thomas Pertsch, Prof. Dr
Spokesperson | LIGHT profile
Prof. Dr. Pertsch
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Abbe Center of Photonics, Room 305
Albert-Einstein-Straße 6
07745 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
Felix Schacher, Prof. Dr
Deputy Spokesperson | LIGHT profile
Prof. Dr. Felix Schacher
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Technikum Optik, Room 122
Lessingstraße 8
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
Jana Hölzer, Dr
Scientific Coordinator | LIGHT profile
Dr. Jana Hölzer
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Room 305
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link