Fiber Optics and Hybrid Fibers Group, Leibniz-IPHT, Jena, Germany

Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology’s (Leibniz-IPHT). In line with its motto “Photonics for Life”, the scientists at Leibniz-IPHT are investigating biophotonic processes and advanced fibre laser systems to address issues in the fields of medicine and health sciences.

Three focal points in research are fibre optics and laser systems, photonic detection, and biophotonics. IPHT is involved in research, development and translation into innovative application-oriented systems at the interface of these areas.

The institute was founded in 1992 and has been performing top, world-renowned research ever since. On January 1, 2014, Leibniz-IPHT became a member of the Leibniz Association, jointly supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government. IPHT employs 330 people.

Fiber Optics research at IPHT provides the entire technological chain from preform production and glass synthesis to drawing of multimaterial fibers to fiber characterization and fiber post-processing. The mastering of different technologies for preform production allows fabricating a wide range of specialty fibers. Important applications include active fibers and fiber laser sources for multi-contrast imaging, as well as biological and chemical sensors and endoscopic devices for fiber-optical solutions in the life and environmental sciences and medical diagnostics. The working group Hybrid Fibers gives strong research emphasize towards nonlinear frequency conversion and in particular towards supercontinuum generation on the basis of hybrid optical fibers, with the latter representing a special type of microstructured fiber that includes unconventional materials and concepts. Recently large research efforts have been dedicated towards liquid core optical fibers, allowing for the observation novel types of solitons or supercontinua with exceptional high pulse-to-pulse correlation or for geometry-resonance enhanced supercontinuum generation.

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Contact person – Prof. Dr. Markus Schmidt.

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As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.