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Carl-Zeiss-Guest Professors

In 2005, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ernst Abbe's death, the Carl Zeiss AG donated 150,000 € to the Friedrich-Schiller-University for the establishment of a Carl-Zeiss-Guest-Professorship for 3 years. With these funds, it is possible to finance guest stays of internationally renowned professors in the the field of optics. These guest professorships serve to expand the offers of the lectures and seminars at the FSU, especially within the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, and further develop scientific cooperation. 

Information about other guest professors can be found here.

The following renowned scientists have stayed at the FSU as Carl-Zeiss-Guest Professors thus far:

Prof. Hiro-o Hamaguchi

Prof. Hiro-o HAMAGUCHI (Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor)
College of Science, National Ciao Tung University (Taiwan) at ASP in November 2013

  •     Lecture 1 - Raman spectroscopy: variants and potentials
  •     Lecture 2 - Resonance Raman spectroscopy: theory and experiment (physics, physical chemistry)
  •     Lecture 3 - Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy (physical chemistry, photochemistry)
  •     Lecture 4 - Non-linear Raman spectroscopy (physical chemistry, material science)
  •     Lecture 5 - Raman spectroscopy and imaging of living cells (physical chemistry, biochemistry, medicine)

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Prof. Federico Capasso

Prof. Federico CAPASSO (Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor),
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston (USA) at ASP in March and May 2013

  •     Lecture 1 - Casimir-Lifshitz forces: vacuum fluctuations, quantum levitation and nanomachines
  •     Lecture 2 - Quantum Cascade Lasers: compact widely tailorable light sources
  •     Lecture 3 - Classical optics in a new light: flat photonics based on metasurfaces

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Prof. Colin Sheppard (July/ August 2011 and November 2012)

Colin Sheppard, Professor for Bioengineering and Diagnostic Radiology, National University of Singapore, was a guest professor in July and August 2011 within the framework of the Carl Zeiss Guest Professor Program. His lectures carried the following titles:

Lectures from Prof. Sheppard during his Guest Professorship:

  • Pulsed beams
  • Scattering and Imaging
  • Advances in phase contrast microscopy

Prof. Philippe Lalanne (April - July 2010)

Philippe Lalanne, Professor at the Institut d'Optique (Paris), is visiting the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy as a Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor from April to July 2010. During his stay he will give a series of lectures on "Modern developments in Nano-Photonics". More information

Lectures from Prof. Lalanne during his guest professorship:

  • Modern Developments in the Field of Nanophotonics (lecture notes)

Prof. Gaetano Assanto (May - July 2010)

Professor Dr. Gaetano Assanto of the Nonlinear Optics and OptoElectronics Lab of the University of Rome Tre stayed for several weeks during the time period of May to July 2010 at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena as a guest professor within the framework of the Carl Zeiss Guest Professor Program. During his stay Professor Assanto held a line of lectures on the topic of "Modern Developments in the Field of Optical Solitons".

You can find more information here.

Prof. Dr. Akira Endo (November 2009 - May 2010)

After completing 8 years of research work on EUV Light Sources for High-Volume Manufacturing Applications in the research project EUVA ( Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography System Development Association) for Gigaphoton Inc. Japan, Dr. Akira Endo currently is currently a Carl Zeiss Guest Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He is also a member of the Physical Society of Japan, the Biophysical Society of Japan and the American Physical Society.

Dr. Endo is rated as one of the most active researchers in the field of short-pulse high-power lasers and short wave light sources. As group director of the EUVA-Project of 2002 - 2009, he was responsible for the implementation of a EUV light source (based on Laser-Plasma-Stimulation) for the next Lithography-Generation.

Before he accepted the new challenges at Gigaphoton Inc., Akira Endo was Group Director of the Research Project FESTA ( Femto second Technology Research Association). This project had the assignment of developing an fs x-ray radiation source (based off of Laser-Compton-Scattering). At that time, Akira Endo worked from 1992-2002 for Sumitomo Heavy Industry Inc. The project proved to be successful and a compact x-ray source was demonstrated for various applications in Semiconductor- and Biophysics. 

For 4 years, Dr. Endo was a guest research scientist from 1988-1992 at the Max Planck Institut for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. His research activities there included the conceptional design and experimental study for the application of PW KrF-lasers as an X-ray Radiation Laser Pump Source.

He started as a academic research assistant from 1981-1988 in a research project "Extreme Laser Science" at the Institute of Solid State Physics at Tokyo University. His research aspect at that time was laid in the exploration of fs-TW excimer lasers. There, in 1988, he was able to create 4TW strong subpicosecond UV pulses.

Lectures from Prof. Endo during his guest professorship:

  • Overview of EUV source research for lithography (zum Skript)


Prof. Stefano Longhi (May 2009)

Stefano Longhi was born in 1967 and received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan in 1992. He got his PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin three years later. He then joined the MIT and worked as a research scientist in the ultrafast optics group of Prof. E. Hippen and H.A. Haus, before becoming Assistant Professor of General Physics at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan in 1998. Since 2003, he is Associate Professor of Structure of Matter at this Institute. His research interests range from laser physics to nonlinear and quantum optics.

Prof. Longhi has published more than 150 papers in peer-referred international journals and contributed to many international conferences in the field of optics and photonics. In 2003 he wars awarded with the Fresnel Prize of the European Physical Society in honour of his outstanding contributions in the fields of optics and photonics.

Prof. Longhi is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and a member of the Optical Society of America. In addition, he is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Physics B.

Lectures from Prof. Longhi during his guest professorship:

  • Analogies in Photonics and Quantum Physics (zum Skript)

Dr. Peter Török (May - June 2008)

Peter Török works at the Imperial College in London. His key areas of research lie in the field of semiconductor microscopy and optical data storage.

Dr. Rainer Heintzmann (November 2007)

 Rainer Heintzmann is currently working at the King's College in London. He is an expert in:
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Nonlinear Fluorescence Microscopy

Lectures from Dr. Heintzmann during his guest stay:

  • High-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on computer-aided data analyses (zum Skript)
  • Optics in the light of the fourier transformation
  • Spectroscopic Imaging in fluorescence microscopy
  • Confocal Microscopy with highly-efficient detection with a special interferometer

Prof. Dr. Georg I. Stegeman (September 2007)

Prof. Stegemann works at the College of Optics and Photonics at CREOL in Orlando, Florida, USA. He has over 650 publications and a h-factor of 56. He is also one of the pioneers of nonlinear optics and soliton physics.

Prof. Dr. Yuri S. Kivshar (October 2006 and May 2008)

Prof. Kivshar is director of the Nonlinear Physics Centre of the Australian National University in Canberra. He is a pioneer of soliton physics. He is a specialist in the field of nonlinear optics. 

Lectures of Prof. Kivshar during his guest professorship:

  • The Nonlinear Physics Center (zum Skript)
  • Surface gap solitons and nonlinear Tamm states (zum Skript)
  • Left left-handed metamaterials (zum Skript)
  • Self-focusing of polychromatic light in photonic lattices (zum Skript)
  • Parametric interaction and frequency conversion in photonic structures (zum Skript)
  • Nonlinear optics and gap solitons in photonic structures (zum Skript)
Picture: Prof. Kivshar (in the middle) at a visit to Carl Zeiss Jena.


Prof. Dr. David. C. Hanna (July - September 2006)

Prof. Hanna worked at the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the University of Southhampton, U.K. He has been in retirement since November of 2007.
David Hanna is a pioneer in the field of tunable lasers. He is a specialist in the fields of nonlinear optics and laser physics.

Lectures from Prof. Hanna during his guest professorship:

  • Optical parametric devices (zum Skript)
  • Parametric amplification and oscillation: Basic principles (zum Skript)
  • Ultra-short pulse parametric devices (zum Skript)
Picture: Prof. David Hanna (in the middle) with Dr. Ulrich Simon (left), the director of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy's Institute of Applied Physics and Prof. Andreas Tünnermann (right), the director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering. 


Prof. Dr. Govind P. Agrawal (June 2006)

Prof. Agrawal works at the Department of Physics at the University of Rochester, USA.
He is a pioneer of nonlinear fiber optics. His fields of research are:

  • Optical Communication
  • Semiconductor Lasers

Lectures from Prof. Agrawal during his guest professorship:

  • Nonlinear Fiber Optics: Fundamentals and Application (zum Skript)
  • Highly nonlinear fibers and their application (zum Skript)
  • Fiber optic parametric amplifiers and their application (zum Skript)
  • Optical communication systems (zum Skript)
  • Correlated photon-pair generation using optical fibers (zum Skript)
Picture: Prof. Agrawal (in the middle) with Dr. Ulrich Simon (left), Chairman of the Management of the Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH, and Prof. Falk Lederer (Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy)

Prof. Dr. Adolf Fercher (May - July 2006)

Prof. Fercher is head of the field of Medical Physics at the Center for Biomedical Technology and Physics at the University of Medicine in Vienna.
He is a pioneer of Opthalmology and the intellectual father of the ZEISS IOLMaster for Touch-Free Measurements of the Eye Parameter. 

Prof. Dr. Ken Ledingham (October/November 2005)

Prof. Ledingham works at the Physics Department of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland). He is an expert in

  • Interaction of ultra-intensive laser radiation with matter
  • Laser accelerated protons
  • Laser induced nuclear reactions
Picture: Prof. Ledingham (left) in a conversation with Prof. H. Schwoerer