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.
The research of the group "Fiber Spectroscopic Sensors" focuses on the development of miniaturized, fiber- and cavity-based Raman sensors and their interdisciplinary application in environmental, pharmaceutical and biomedical areas.
We exploit the high chemical selectivity of Raman spectroscopy for the identification and quantification of biogenic gases, drugs and biomolecules in complex samples. The development of novel micro-structured hollow-core fibers (e.g. for guidance in the deep-UV) and optical cavities provides us high signal enhancements. Thus, it enables us to monitor minimal sample concentrations onsite in small sample volumes with high selectivity and sensitivity.
Our research regarding tailor-made optical sensors is closely connected to the interdisciplinary application in various environmental and life science topics. This interdisciplinary research is done in close cooperation with partners from CRC AquaDiva and the Jena university hospital.