Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)
Optics and photonics are driven by fascinating scientific challenges, unexpected breakthroughs, and by a more than hundred billion € annual market. Moreover, being enabling technologies, optics and photonics drive other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, as well as electrical and mechanical engineering. Unfortunately, Germany – like most other countries – has a substantial shortcoming regarding education in this field. Thus, the “Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics” (KSOP) envisions a novel combined masters program (funded by our university) and a Ph.D. program (funded by the excellence initiative). It is supported by 12 professors and more than 10 other principal investigators from all of the above mentioned disciplines from our university and partner institutions. Together, they cover the research areas of KSOP: Photonic Materials & Devices, Advanced Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics and Optical Systems.