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Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V.

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Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V.


Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germany


+49 3641 20600


+49 3641 206399



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IPHT is involved in research and development at the interface of three focal points in research:

  • fiber optics,

  • photonic detection &

  • biophotonics.


Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the institute. Together with the two research areas fiber optics and photonic detection, new photonic processes are being developed and transferred into innovative application-oriented systems.

IPHT possesses the know-how and an outstanding technological basis in the areas of system technology, fiber technology, photonic detection, and micro/nanotechnology. Together with outstanding technical equipment and infrastructure, IPHT possesses a state-of-the-art, closed technology chain. In addition to the constant expansion of IPHT’s technological potential, the research aims at reaching new levels in photonic and biophotonic solutions with regard to resolution, sensitivity, specificity, speed, and automation.


The biophotonics research focus implements innovative photonic methods and tools for the following application fields

  • Molecular spectroscopy, gigh resolution and hyperspectral imaging

  • Fiber, chip, and nanoparticle-based analytics

In the fiber optics research focus fundamental studies are performed on the propagation characteristics and the efficient and flexible control of fiber-guided light as well as on fiber modules and fiber systems for a wide application range. This research focus combines the scientific competence of the modeling, characterization, and application of fiber-optic components and systems with the material science and technological competence of the manufacture of special optical fibers in a wide parameter range.

Photonic detection deals with the research and implementation of systems used in the efficient, time-resolved, and spatially-resolved detection of light. Application fields include 

  • Detector research for spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging in a wide frequency range – from x-rays to visible light into the far infrared range,

  • Highly spatially resolved far-field and near-field microscopy, and

  • Innovative sensor, light collection, and light source designs based on nano and microstructured metal and semiconductor structures.


The goal is to develop instruments with maximum sensitivity and to research novel sensor classes for biophotonic application fields.

Research at IPHT is carried out in seven research departments and four research groups. 

Research Departments:

Research Groups:

Head of Microfluidics Group

Dr. Thomas Henkel

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

Scientific Director

Dr. Thomas Henkel

Albert-Einstein-Street 9, 07745 Jena, Germany


+49 3641 206300

Albert-Einstein-Street 9, 07745 Jena, Germany


+49 3641 206307



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