Laboratory of the Abbe School of Photonics

LIGHT profile

The LIGHT profile encompasses research in the areas Optics and Photonics, Innovative Materials and Energy Storage.
Laboratory of the Abbe School of Photonics
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)


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The 2023 call for nominations for the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize of the Jena Alliance is open, the deadline is July 15.
Award ceremony of the Siegfried Czapski Publication Prize 2022 with the winner Mariana Murillo-Roos.
Image: Katja Präfcke, FSU Jena.
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This year's Young Scientist Award of the Beutenberg Campus e.V. honors Dr. Tobias Vogl.
Dr. Tobias Vogl aligns an optical chip with a quantum light source.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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From May 11 to 13, 2023 Leibniz IPHT hosted the Molecular Plasmonics conference, which brought together more than 110 nanotechnology experts and interested guests from all over the world in Jena.
Group picture of the participants of the Molecular Plasmonics 2023 conference in Jena.
Image: Leibniz IPHT Jena.

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 Innovative Materials and Technologies and Energy Research 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.

Optics and Photonics

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).

Innovative Materials and Energy Storage

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.


790. WE-Heraeus 3-day workshop organized by Dr. Frank Kühnemann (IPM Freiburg) and Dr. Sven Ramelow (HU Berlin)
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.
  • This event is not open to the public.
Online conference on RDM 21./22. June 2023
  • This event can be attended online.
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.
  • This event is wheelchair accessible.
  • This event is not open to the public.


The coordination teampdf, 94 kb · de of the LIGHT profile serves as the reporting and strategic body. Spokesperson of the coordination team is Prof. Dr. Lothar Wondraczek (Otto Schott Institute of Material Research) and deputy spokesperson is Prof. Dr. Ulf Peschel (Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Optics).

Lothar Wondraczek, Univ.-Prof. Dr
Spokesperson | LIGHT profile
Room O104
Fraunhoferstraße 6
07743 Jena
Ulf Peschel, Univ.-Prof. Dr
Deputy Spokesperson | LIGHT profile
Abbeanum, Room 107
Fröbelstieg 1
07743 Jena
Jana Hölzer, Dr
Scientific Coordinator | LIGHT profile
Room 305
Max-Wien-Platz 1
07743 Jena