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Brief Introduction

The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy belongs to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, a classical university with a long-standing tradition that has existed since 1558, when it was founded by the elector Johann Friedrich of Saxony. From the year 1870 onwards, the physicist Ernst Abbe worked together with the university Carl Zeiss and the chemist Otto Schott to lay the foundation stone for economic prosperity. To this day, this productive close cooperation between scientific research in universities and industrial production at a high technological level together with a successful and internationally recognized basic research stands as the trademark of the scientific research location of Jena. 

In the field of physics, prominent individuals such as Max Wien, one of the pioneers of wireless telegraphy, Felix Auerbach, Eberhard Buchwald, Wilhelm Hanle, Friedrich Hund, Georg Joos, Ernst Schmutzer, Max Schubert, Heinrich Siedentopf and Max Steenbeck made substantial contributions to the scientific reputation of the university.

Within a few years after the political transformation in east Germany, Jena had developed into a science research center of international standing again. The faculty of physics and astronomy, which was founded in 1990, has made an essential contribution to this fact through its national and international visibility. The key areas of research at the faculty lie in the fields of  astrophysics, theoretical physics, optics/ quantum electronics and solid state physics/ material science,.

The range of courses offered by the faculty reflect its key areas of research and lines of tradition. As a result, there are an above-average amount of high-quality lectures that are offered in modern astrophysics, in theoretical physics with the focus points of gravitational theory and quantum field theory, in optics, photonics and laser physics as well as in solid state physics. The tradition of engineering education has also been carried forward through the standalone course of studies "Material Science". In addition to the degree program in physics, there are also traditionally offered teaching degree programs for teaching physics at secondary and regular schools. In this degree program, however, astronomy can be chosen as either a supplementary course direction or as a third subject.
In addition, the Abbe School of Photonics offers an international Master of Science in Photonics which meets with great interest of foreign students too.

There is an exceptionally close networking between the faculty and extramural research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and the Thuringian State Observatory Tautenburg. Due to the active cooperation with the local industries and various faculties of the university, the proximity to application and interdisciplinary research has been secured.

Articles of Association of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy