Research at the faculty focuses on the following areas
Between these areas there are manifold cooperations and joint projects. Physics and astronomy didactics and the field of computational physics, which has developed strongly in recent years, act as overarching and at the same time connecting fields of work.
There is a close network between the faculty and non-university research institutions in Jena such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Thuringian State Observatory Tautenburg. There are jointly appointed professors and numerous joint research projects.
There is also an active cooperation with the local industry and various faculties of the university, which ensures application proximity and interdisciplinarity. The supraregional collaborative and priority projects play an increasingly important role, e.g. within the framework of Collaborative Research Centres and research groups, the CoOptics excellence cluster, the BMBF's cutting-edge research (PhoNA) and international cooperation, e.g. in the form of EU projects.
Within the university, the networking of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy was institutionalized by the establishment of three interfaculty centers.
Consult the annual reports to get an idea of the faculty's activities in teaching and research.