This Master program is highly international, fully taught in English, and provides a multidisciplinary coverage of the field of optics and photonics. Students enrolled in the two-year program are trained for technical or scientific positions in industry or academia.
The invention of the laser in 1960 paved the way for a new research era in optics and photonics. With optics and photonics acting as enablers and catalysts, the invention of photonic technologies has far-reaching consequences, triggering a revolution in many fields of science, medicine, and technology.
Prominent examples which have been affected are microscopy and imaging, spectroscopy, medical treatment, life sciences, astronomy, biology, chemistry, and communication technologies. Electronics, the dominant technology of the 20th century lost its position to optics and photonics in the 21st century, which is frequently termed the "century of light". Great challenges in fundamental research and a huge market for optically dominated products drive the evolution in optics and photonics.
Nowadays, photonics is one of the key enabling technologies to address great challenges of the 21st century, e.g. in the fields of energy, mobility, health, communication, environment, and security. There are few technologies, which rule and govern in our everyday life as much as photonics.
Jena is the cradle of modern photonics! There is no other city where photonics is so deeply immersed in every aspect of the society and everyday life. Jena has a long-standing tradition characterized by the symbiosis between academic research and a quickly developing optical industry including the high potential for innovation already documented by those Jena pioneers Carl Zeiss, Otto Schott and Ernst Abbe. In fact, Jena has been a source of innovation in humanities and science since the 17th century. This multidisciplinary approach common among Jena researchers, Jena's international reputation in top research areas, world-leading companies in the photonic technologies, as well as an extremely high liveability distinguishes Jena from every other place in the world.
Abbe School of Photonics in Jena
A broad academic education at the highest international level within a modern research environment provides a profound up-to-date knowledge in a variety of fields - from fundamental sciences and laser physics to material sciences and life sciences - that's our Abbe School of Photonics. State-of-the-art laboratories at highest international standards offer optimum conditions for research at the frontiers of photonics.
A cornerstone of our philosophy is to regard and value our Ph.D. and doctoral candidates as true scientists in all respects. Thus, we offer an individually adjusted and highly flexible program to meet each candidate's scientific background and interests. This guarantees an optimum level of preparation for key and leading positions in science, industry or governmental positions.
Your Master of Science in Photonics from Jena
- Our Master program is based on decades of experience in photonics education at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the internationally reputed Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena.
- At the same time, the program is embedded in the modern research environment of the Abbe Center of Photonics, an academic center at the forefront of European photonics science, and the local photonics institutes of the world-known German research associations Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Helmholtz.
- The Master program is part of an entire education program at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena specialized in photonics, starting for the Bachelor level (BSc in Physics), continuing in the Master program, and culminating in a structured Ph.D. programme (Graduate Research School in Photonics). Each module is specifically designed to provide the students with the skills necessary to fill adequate positions in industry and academia.
- We offer special scholarships covering full financial support for the best applicants.
- The Master program is linked with renowned international universities from all over the world, supported by various programs funded by the European Union. Thus, our students can spend up to one year of their studies at one of the partner universities. The long list of these partners includes, but is not limited to, Australian National University Canberra and University of Sydney (both Australia), CREOL – University of Central Florida, University of Arizona, University of Rochester (all USA), University of Toronto, INRS – Université de Rechèrche in Montréal, Université Laval in Québec City (all Canada), and Massey University in Wellington (New Zealand).
The Master program comprises four educational stages:
- Stage I, Adjustment: this stage provides students with the necessary background knowledge in optics, structure of matter and in condensed matter physics. In the experimental optics course high-level experiments using exclusively research-grade components and equipment can be performed. The laboratory equipment contains continuous-wave and pulsed lasers and allows for training in interferometry, linear and nonlinear spectroscopy, optical time-domain reflectrometry and optical tweezing, to name a few.
- Stage II, Fundamentals: this stage provides students with a solid background in the following important topics dealing with optics and photonics: laser physics, optical metrology, and optical design. A 6-week internship is scheduled for each student in the second semester of study.
- Stage III, Specialization: this stage allows students to acquire specialized knowledge selected from about 20 advanced courses (e.g. biophotonics, computational photonics, micro- and nanotechnology, nano-optics, digital image processing, nonlinear optics, nanomaterials, optoelectronics, quantum optics). A 12-week research labwork is scheduled for each student in the third semester of study.
- Stage IV, Research Labwork and Master's degree thesis: According to their specialization, students perform a six-month Master Thesis based on a current topic of research either in academia or industry in their fourth semester.
The Master's degree program is complemented by German language courses, intercultural training, application training, training in good scientific practice, as well as specialized lectures and courses provided by internationally renowned guest professors. For more details, please visit: www.asp.uni-jena.de/master_photonics
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