Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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The mission of SAOT

 

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

  • Optical Metrology
  • Optical Material Processing
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Optics in Communication and Information Technology
  • Optical Materials and Systems
  • and Computational Optics.

Why SAOT?

Today, optics is widely regarded as one of the most important key technologies for this century. Many experts even anticipate that the 21st century will be the century of the photon. Optics and optical technologies have impact to nearly all areas of life and cover a wide range of applications in science and industry, e.g. in information and communication technology, in production, process and particle engineering, in medicine, medical technology and life science engineering as well as in energy and environmental technology. more...

Establishment of SAOT, The German Excellence Initiative

The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) was established at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in November 2006 within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote science and research at German universities within a strong competition between more than 110 German universities.

Out of 580 submitted proposals only 76 proposals were granted. Related to engineering sciences including computer science, only 14 proposals were granted. FAU was granted one graduate school "SAOT" and one cluster of excellence "Engineering of Advanced Materials" (EAM).

The unique scientific environment around SAOT

Erlangen provides an excellent environment for SAOT, hosting several high technology industries and research institutes focusing on optical technologies. Among them are most prominently the University Hospital Erlangen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (FhG/IISB), the Bavarian Laser Center (BLZ) and the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE). In 2009, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) was founded in Erlangen as an internationally recognized center of excellence in optics.

Anchoring of SAOT at an institutional level at FAU

SAOT is set up at the university level directly under the umbrella of the FAU Graduate School at the same level at which the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) and the graduate schools of the five FAU faculties are installed forming an interdisciplinary class of the FAU Graduate School.

SAOT is jointly run by the Faculties of

Institutions participating in SAOT

The key activities of the Principal Investigators (PIs) represent the broad range of research areas in which optical technologies are developed and applied. By the principal investigators a collaboration is established between 5 different departments of the Faculty of Engineering (CBI, EEI, ME, MSE and CS), 5 different institutes and clinics of the Faculty of Medicine  and the University Hospital Erlangen (IMP, LA2, LFA, MED1 and MKG) and the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics (IOIP) of the Faculty of Sciences which is linked to the newly founded Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) by the personal union of the MPL directors acting simultaneously as Chair professors at the IOIP of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Medicine

Non-university institutions:

Evolution of SAOT doctorate members

Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Number of SAOT Doctoral Researchers 18
52
75
103
116

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Mission

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.