Optics & Photonics are key enabling technologies for many high-end industrial applications and furthermore drive research in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. The mission of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is to provide a multidisciplinary environment for first-class research and education as well as for the generation of knowledge and innovation in Optics & Photonics. KSOP research activities cover a wide range of topics in Optics & Photonics and excel in particular in the five Research Areas: Photonic Materials & Devices, Advanced Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems, and Solar Energy (new since 2012).
Comprising both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs, KSOP presently encompasses professors from four different faculties at KIT, i.e. Physics, Electrical and Mechanical engineering, as well as Chemistry and Biosciences. Currently, 19 professors, some 80 doctoral researchers, more than 60 Ph.D. alumni as well as over 100 M.Sc. students have positioned KSOP as a premium research and education institution. Next to this the KSOP holds strong cooperation support by the European Erasmus Mundus program, the German O&P industry, the Federal Ministry of Research and Education, and sustainably, by the State of Baden-Württemberg.