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Afraid of the dark?

Study Optics & Photonics

Looking for a bright future?

Do research in Optics & Photonics

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Year of Light 2015
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In 2015, KSOP contributes to the International Year of Light, proclaimed by the United Nations. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the KSOP - Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Multidisciplinary environment for first-class research, education, and innovation.

The terms optics & photonics are derived from the Greek optikós, referring to vision and photon which means light. Hence, the areas of optics & photonics cover the research relating to light, including its use in many modern industries.

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) offers English language Master and Doctorate Programs in Optics & Photonics.



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KSOP Video Portrait launched

At the ID Jubilee Celebration last Thursday the KSOP Video Portrait had its world premiere.

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A collaboration success story

Did you hear about the collaboration between a KSOP mentor and a KSOP PhD student that led to a publication in a high-impact journal? Want to know the story behind all this?

Read our success story interview

KSOP Video Contest

Due to the International Year of Light KSOP arranges a video contest! No matter if you show a sky full of stars, a city at night or your latest results from light researches at the university. Everybody has the chance to participate!

Register now!

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Karlsruhe Days of Optics & Photonics

From November 24 – 25, dive into the world of O&P with HIRST and KSOP members as well as with international experts e.g. Prof. David Sampson (University of Western Australia).

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