“Training and Research – Study Photonics” Technology Park – Hall 3.0, Booth J78

Photonics is the technical mastery and exploitation of light. In contrast to electronics, the technical mastery and exploitation of electrons or the flow of electrical current, photonics encompasses the use of photons in optical technologies such as laser, digital image processing, optical measuring technology, optical data transmission and lighting technology. We all make use of them every day, for example by means of a smartphone camera with face recognition, energy efficient LED lamps, high-speed optical data transmission on the Internet and new types of flat-panel display screens. German companies are often amongst the market leaders in these fields of technology. 120,000 people work in the photonics sector in Germany, and the numbers continue to rise.

At the “Training and Research – Study Photonics” Technology Park, young people who are interested in modern technology will be presented with hands-on optical technology and opportunities for asking questions: five universities will present their course offerings with reference to the optical technologies. Fascinating exhibitions will offer insight into the discipline and current research, and will provide the opportunity of “sizing up” the professors. Graduates of these courses of study will furnish visitors with first-hand information regarding their daily work during a series of talks entitled “Graduates Report on Actual Practice”. During a trade fair tour with student guides, participants will have the opportunity of establishing contact with companies directly on-site.



Exhibiting Universities

listed alphabetically


Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

Faculty Engineering Sciences

Courses of study

  • Electrical engineering and information technology (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters)
  • Mechatronics (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters)
  • Industrial engineering (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters), with a focus on microsystems technology and production technology 
  • Electrical engineering and information technology (project-oriented master’s programme, 3 semesters)
  • Industrial engineering (project-oriented master’s programme, 3 semesters)

Students at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences have selected exhibits dealing with laser engraving of metal and plastic materials, as well as a laser-based 3D printer for Optatec.

“Photonics and laser technology are firmly anchored in various areas of concentration of the traditional engineering programmes which culminate in a bachelor’s degree, so that students can select individualised access to these fields. In addition to the fundamentals of photonics these include optoelectronics, optical sensor technology and technology training in the focal area of microsystems technology, as well as the fields of laser manufacturing technology and 3D printing as an area of specialisation in the field of production technology. Training in the field of photonics is conducted primarily by the workgroup for applied laser technology and photonics at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences, which is capable of bringing training and research content to gather in a suitable fashion thanks to its distinctive, application-oriented research activities and ultramodern laboratories. 

The master’s programmes at Aschaffenburg are distinguished by their project-orientation. During the entire course of the master’s program, students work on a research and development project which is conducted over a period of three semesters and represents the key element of the student’s academic achievement. As a result, graduates receive a high-quality, practical education with comprehensive technical knowledge and well-developed research expertise, which is highly esteemed by employers. Project content can be selected on the basis of individual interests from any of the disciplines related to photonics and laser technology.”

Contact person
Professor Dr. Ralf Hellmann



Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena

Faculty SciTec

Courses of study

  • Laser and optical technologies (bachelor’s programme, 6 semesters)
  • Laser and optical technologies (master’s programme, 4 semesters)

Spectrometer for demonstrating the spectral characteristics of various light sources 
Demonstration of white light interference

The bachelor’s programme for laser and optotechnology has an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to the common basic training provided for all technical courses of study, emphasis is placed on imparting knowledge from the fields of laser technology, optics, the optical technologies and optoelectronics. The content of this specialised course of study is oriented to a great extent towards the requirements which are relevant for the optical technologies and is continuously updated to the current state-of-the-art. A voluntary year in a foreign country provides participants with the opportunity of expanding their knowledge above and beyond the study offerings of the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences, and of establishing international contacts at an early stage.”

Contact person
Professor Dr. Burkhard Fleck      



Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Faculty Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Courses of study

  • Optical technology and image processing (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters)        
  • Optical technology and image processing (master’s programme, 3 semesters, together with the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Central Hesse)

Hands-on experiments with a smartphone camera. What happens to the image if we hold a lens in front of the smartphone camera? Practical information about close-up image recordings and image errors is demonstrated using one’s own camera as a test object.
Laser has changed the world. But what is it actually? And how do you focus a laser beam on a specific location? Easy-to-understand setups provide insight and permit hands-on participation.

Optotechnology and image processing (OIP) is a demanding engineering discipline from the field of research in the optical technologies. Optotechnology unites optical measuring technology, laser technology and technical optics. Image processing is a combination of illumination technology, imaging optics, image recording and the processing of image data for technical and scientific applications. We impart image processing knowledge with an emphasis on industrial applications in the field of automation technology, e.g. for quality assurance and robotics. The course of study lastingly qualifies participants for the growth industry surrounding optical technologies and offers outstanding career prospects in industry and research. OIP graduates work in the areas of product development, engineering, sales and product testing.”

Contact person
Professor Dr. Stephan Neser



Rhine-Main University of Applied Sciences

Faculty Engineering Sciences, field of study: Physics

Courses of study

  • Physical technology (bachelor of science)
  • Applied physics (master of science)
  • Interdisciplinary engineering sciences (bachelor of engineering)
  • Applied physics (master of science)

Students at the Rhine-Main University of Applied Sciences have set up an exhibit dealing with the excitation of evanescent waves with planar waveguides for Optatec. The waveguide has been furnished with an optical micro-diffraction grating at the university’s laboratories, which makes it possible to launch a green laser beam into a wave-conducting layer with a thickness of only 800 nm. Visitors can attempt to launch the laser beam into the waveguide themselves at the exhibit by varying the laser beam’s angle of incidence. Applications for evanescent fields generated in this way are depicted in posters.

Hands-on experiments

  • Mode excitation in planar waveguides for the excitation of evanescent fields
  • Guiding light around the corner – interference patterns with postcards
  • Diffractive optical elements in lenses

“Graduates of our courses of study are well prepared for the employment market due to their broad-based interdisciplinary training, early involvement in actual professional work and the up-to-dateness of course content. As a result, high-tech companies are very interested in our graduates. As a graduate of the physical technology programme, you’ll find numerous opportunities for launching your career, especially in the Rhine-Main region. In particular content covering modern optics and photonics and their applications constitute essential components of the above listed bachelor’s and master’s programmes.”

Contact person
Professor Dr. Stefan Kontermann



Technical University of Applied Sciences of Central Hesse

Faculty Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Data Processing (MND) and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics (IEM)

Courses of study

  • Physical technology (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters in Friedberg)
  • Optotechnology and image processing (master’s programme, 3 semesters, together with Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences)
  • Information and communications technology (bachelor’s programme, 7 semesters) in Gießen & Friedberg


  • Fibre specimens which emit light at the sides and laser for use in medical applications
  • Microscopy for fibres and their end-faces
  • Laser triangulation
  • Laser materials processing
  • 3D projection

The course of study for physical technology is distinguished by the combination of physical research with technical developments and applications. Offered areas of in-depth study include laser technology, materials science, vacuum technology, technical optics and simulation technology. The centre for applied physics provides the opportunity of changing amongst the courses of study for physical technology, medical physics and applied vacuum technology within the first three semesters. Active work-study programmes are made possible by courses offered by the Competence Centre of the Technical University of Applied Sciences of Central Hesse in the area of “Optical Technologies and Systems”.
Graduates are the most flexible and universally deployable generalists amongst all engineers thanks to their interdisciplinary, scientific-technical training, and can select attractive and interesting fields of work in teams with specialists from other disciplines.”

Contact person
Professor Dr. Karl-Friedrich Klein, Professor Dr. Klaus Behler, Professor Dr. Martin Eckhardt

Kompetenzzentrum für Optische Technologien und Systeme
Zentrum für Angewandte Physik