Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
Active fiber optic modules based on special optical fibers with very different compositions and geometry are the key components of numerous photonic systems in laser material processing, communication and information technology, and – increasingly – spectroscopy. These fiber light sources comprise both fiber lasers and amplifiers and fiber-based nonlinear frequency conversion (e.g., supercontinuum production and stimulated Raman scattering). Several specific characterization methods are available to produce and qualify fiber optic components and modules, comprehensive modeling methods, and specially-adapted assembly and connection technology.
The focal point of research is the different effects for the creation and conversion of light in special optical fibers. Fiber light sources with novel characteristics are based on versatile and innovative fiber technologies (MCVD, powder sintering, gas-phase doping, melted glass) and fiber structuring methods; they are researched in close cooperation with other work groups in the fiber optics department. Emphasis includes: