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Space for Excellent Science

With more than 7,250 square meters of floor space, the building complex at Leibniz IPHT offers optimal working conditions for approximately 330 employees and visiting scientists. In addition to a cleanroom and a fiber drawing tower, Leibniz-IPHT also houses several CARS and femtosecond laboratories, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) facilities, and other specialized laboratories.


With approximately 1,000 square meters of floor space, the cleanroom is the heart of the institute. The latest processes and techniques in microfabrication are used and further developed here. Among other things, scientists are researching technologies to produce highly sensitive sensors for electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields. These sensors are one of the integral components in the terahertz security camera. Microfluidic components and bioanalytical chips can be developed and manufactured directly at Leibniz IPHT. The process chain continues on to the production of prototypes and small series. Quality management of vital fundamental technologies has been ISO certified since 2002.

Fiber Drawing Towers

The fiber drawing towers used in the production of glass fibers with highly-complex cores are among the most advanced research facilities of fiber optics in Europe. Fibers can be drawn at speeds of up to 100 meters per minute in a broad range of parameters. Starting from different fiber preforms, complex fiber structures at sizes in the sub-micrometer range can be realized. Customized online measurement and control techniques ensure a high fiber quality and enable both the multi-coating and printed coating of optical fibers. This makes it possible to achieve a high level of technology and strengthens Leibniz IPHT’s position as an attractive research partner.

Jena Biophotonic and Imaging Laboratory

The Jena Biophotonic and Imaging Laboratory (JBIL) is a user-open platform for researchers in life science and medical applications. It combines spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques and devices present at different facilities in Jena. As a joint initiative of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Jena University Hospital (JUH) it is closely connected with the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) at the JUH. Hence the JBIL also provides many advanced photonic instrumentation in the biosafety and genetic engineering S2 area laboratories of the CSCC to facilitate the development and application of photonic assays for sepsis and infection related diagnosis

Research Campus Infectognostics

The Research Campus InfectoGnostics at the Jena Center for Applied Research (ZAF) is an innovation hub where researchers from different disciplines and institutions exchange ideas and collaborate.

It implements the concept of a binding public-private partnership in order to achieve new diagnostic approaches more quickly and efficiently, with which pathogens and their drug resistance can be determined more quick

Imaging Center as part of the "Balance of the Microverse" Cluster of Excellence

The Imaging Center under construction, which is being developed under the leadership of Prof. Rainer Heintzmann and Prof. Christian Eggeling as part of the Cluster of Excellence, addresses the topic of spectroscopy/biomedical microscopy and imaging on three levels: 1) The Application Room is a state-of-the-art imaging facility with cutting-edge microscopes for non-invasive single cell and single molecule detection as well as the imaging of complex samples. 2) In the Prototype Room, laboratory samples and prototypes of Leibniz-IPHT, among others, can be tested and applied with a high degree of technological maturity in a laboratory environment with biological safety level S2. 3) The Vision Room is a creative platform for the development and testing of visionary optical approaches from basic research, such as ghost imaging approaches and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) microscopy.

FLUXONICS Foundry for superconductor electronics circuits

FLUXONICS brings together European universities, research institutes and industrial partners with the aim of advancing and promoting the development of superconducting electronics and related technological innovations in Europe through research, training and knowledge transfer. Within FLUXONICS, Leibniz-IPHT acts as a Fluxonics Foundry for the development and manufacture of integrated superconducting circuits and sensors.




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