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Key Areas of Research

The faculty's key areas of research lie in the fields of Optics/Quantum Electronics, Solid State Physics/Material Science, Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. Between the employees who work in these key fields, there are many different collaborations and joint projects. The Research Group for Teaching Methodology in Physics/Astronomy and the research field of Computational Physics, which has rapidly expanded in the last few years, work together as comprehensive inter-connecting areas of research.

There is an exceptionally close networking between the faculty and extramural research facilities, such as the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, the Institute of Photonic Technology, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Thuringian State Observatory Tautenburg. This networking is documented by jointly appointed professors and a multitude of joint research projects. Due to the active cooperation with local industries and the various faculties of the university, the proximity to application and interdisciplinary research is secured. The supra-regional network- and key research area objectives play an increasingly important role, which can be seen, for example, within the framework of collaborative research centers and research groups, the leading-edge cluster of CoOptics, BMBF world class research in new countries (PhoNA) as well as in international cooperations, for instance in the form of EU-Projects.

Within the university, the networking of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy has been institutionalized by the establishment of two interfaculty centers. The Center of Medical Optics and Photonics (ZeMOP) connects the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, the Faculty of Chemistry and Geoscience and the Faculty of Medicine at the FSU with one another with considerable support from local industries. The Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) is the platform linking excellent competences in optics with materials science and life science to target basic and applied research. The activities developed within the ACP fall into three strategic foci: ultra optics, high field laser physics and biophotonics.

You can get an impression of the faculty's activities in teaching and research with help from the annual reports  from 2007 , 2008 , 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.