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.
In the semiconductor nanostructures work group, fundamental materials research comprises the conversion of light into other energy forms for photovoltaic and sensor applications and photo-driven hydrogen production. The materials used for this purpose are nanostructured in a targeted manner to obtain model systems for fundamental research and novel characteristics, in particular for the development of innovative application concepts.
The current focus of research includes the following topics, which are being processed both experimentally and with the help of theoretical models:
In this work group, the following processes and characterization methods are applied: