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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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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!

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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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15 years International Department

The International Department of the KIT is celebrating its 15th jubilee on July 23, 2015. Don’t miss the deadline for registration on May 31.

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Why to study and research at KSOP

Prof. Dr. Uli Lemmer is the Coordinator and speaker of the KSOP. He explains the benefits to study or do research at KSOP in our YouTube channel.

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