Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Doctoral Candidate Martin Wimmer publishes in Nature Physics

As part of an international collaboration with Universities in Trento and Jena, SAOT Member Martin Wimmer and coworkers observed topology effects  in an optical fiber system. As the researchers reported in Nature Physics wave packets moving through a fiber network are influenced by its topology expresses by the Berry curvature, which the researches could reconstruct based on extremely precise measurements of pulse arrival times.  While similar effects have been observed in other physical settings, it is the first time that the effect of Berry curvature could be quantified for an optical system.

German academics Young Researcher Award 2016 to Prof. A. Maier

Professor Dr. - Ing. Andreas Maier managed to earn an excellent second place at the academics-competition Young Researcher Award 2016. It is an competition all over Germany, incluiding contenders from all scientific disciplines.

The price which is renumerated with € 5.000 is awarded the tenth time. It honours young scientists, that positively influence science, research and development by their outstanding commitment, future-oriented ideas or exemplary acting.

SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies was conferred

Researcher from Denmark received 100,000 euro award


In the beginning of July, the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) presented the ninth SAOT Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA). Award winner is Professor Darko Zibar from the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). With this decision SAOT’s Board of Directors decorated the scientist’s outstanding contributions related to “Application of machine learning techniques to optical communication”. Now, Zirba gets the opportunity to carry on his research work in close collaboration with several SAOT scientists.


For Zibar whose focus of research is on coherent optical communication, signal processing, machine learning and nonlinear optics, the YRA is a great chance to work on his research in a vibrant community of fellow scientists. At SAOT he will work on “Nonlinear Fourier Transform Techniques for Next Generation of Optical Fibre Communication”. About the expected impact of this work Zibar says: “By 2020, our society will require capacities that are physically impossible to implement using conventional optical transmission technologies. The results from the project will form the basis for a new generation of optical communication systems. As the project is solving an important societal challenge, of enabling the future optical communication infrastructure, the outcome of the project may also contribute to the economic competitiveness of German society”. Besides the money, the prize includes a twelve month research visit at Erlangen. The awardee can visit the SAOT either for one continuous visit or several shorter stays. While being in Erlangen, Zibar will have the formal status of a guest professor and will give lectures and seminars mainly about machine learning for the doctoral candidates of SAOT, too.


"I am very happy to receive this award as it will open new opportunities for novel research directions where machine learning is combined with optical technologies. My goal is to initiate interdisciplinary research efforts in collaboration with researchers from SAOT and also Max Planck Institute of Light with the aim to explore novel system designs and ultra-sensitive measurements techniques." Darko Zibar

2016 SAOT Video Competition

The 2016 SAOT Video Competition is now open for submissions. Good luck!
Here you can find all the important information.

Felix Tenner's publication selected for OSA Spotlight on Optics

In 2013 Felix Tenner from the Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien won the SAOT INNOVATION AWARD. Recently one publication resulting from his innovative research idea was selected for the OSA Spotlight on Optics.

Congratulations to Felix and to the research team!


This is the publication:
C. Abraham, Y. Beiderman, N. Ozana, F. Tenner, M. Schmidt, M. Sanz, J. Garcia and Z. Zalevsky, “Photonic non-contact estimation of blood lactate level,” Biomedical Optics Express 6(10), 4144-4153 (2015)


This is the link to the OSA Spotlight on Optics.

Marion Merklein member of Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

On November 27th, 2015, Professor Marion Merklein (SAOT-PI) has been accepted as member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Andreas Erdmann elected to the grade of FELLOW of SPIE

In December 2015 Andreas Erdmann (SAOT MENTOR) has been informed on behalf of the SPIE Board of Directors and Fellows Committee, that he has just been elected to the grade of Fellow of SPIE!

More information

Wolfgang-Finkelnburg-Preis to Andreas Bräuer

On November 4th, 2015, during the DIES ACADEMICUS, which is the annual birthday celebration event of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the Wolfgang-Finkelnburg-Preis’2015 has been conferred on Andreas Bräuer. The Award is endowed by the Universitätsbund Erlangen-Nürnberg e.V. and is conferred by the Faculty of Engineering of FAU for an outstanding Habilitation.

Andreas Braeuer during Science Slam presentation of his habilitation thesis (right). Prof. Dr. Nadine Gatzert, Vicepresident for research (left) and Dr. Siegfried Balleis, Chairman of the Universitätsbund Erlangen-Nürnberg e.V. (Source: FAU/Kurt Fuchs)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, President of FAU (left) and Prof. Dr. Nadine Gatzert, Vicepresident for research (right) with four awardees: from left: Dr. Jan Christopher Schuhr, Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Dr. Christian Papp, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (Emmy-Noether-Preis), Dr. Claudia Jahnel, Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie, Dr. Andreas Bräuer, Technische Fakultät (Wolfgang-Finkelnburg-Preis). (Source: FAU/Kurt Fuchs)


"Observation of optical solitions in PT-symmetric lattices" is the title of an article by Martin Wimmer, Doctoral Candidate of SAOT, published in NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. The authors are Martin Wimmer, Alois Regensburger, Mohammad-Ali Miri, Christoph Bersch, Demetrios N. Christodoulides and Ulf Peschel.

The second paper by SAOT Doctoral Candidates that was published in NATURE Communications this July is: "A generic concept to overcome bandgap limitations for designing highly efficient multijunction photovoltaic cells".The authors are: Fei Guo, Ning Li, Frank W. Fecher, Nicola Gasparini, Cesar Omar Ramirez Quiroz, Carina Bronnbauer, Yi Hou, Vuk V. Radmilovic, Velimir R. Radmilovic, Erdmann Spiecker, Karen Forberich and Christoph J. Brabec.

Junior Reseachers from US and UK at SAOT

Source: FAU/Franziska Sponsel

20 Junior Researchers from the USA and UK are visiting FAU. In the context of the scholarship progamme RISE (Research Internship in Science and Education) offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) the junior researchers spend 12 weeks at the university. They work with doctoral candidates of SAOT on joint projects.

The stipendiaries – mostly Bachelor students – come from notable universities as Oxford, Cambridge and MIT among others and visit the FAU in order to get to know the German university system. For this year’s RISE-Program 586 Doctoral Candidates from German Universities introduced their projects on the DAAD-Portal. Students from the USA and UK could apply to those projects. As a whole 1800 applications came in and finally 300 students were invited to Germany.

“We encouraged our Doctoral Candidates to participate and provided additional incentives, like Credit Points”, says Dr. Andreas Bräuer, Director of Administration of SAOT. “Now we hope that the RISE-Students have a good and fruitful time and being back home rave about the their time at FAU and about the conditions they found here.”

Anastasiia Solodovnyk awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Anastasiia Solodovnyk, member of SAOT, has been awarded a 2015 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for her potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

She is working on the luminescent down-shifting coatings for the applications in photovoltaics. She plans to use her scholarship to attend conferences and further her research on optical materials.


The College of Health & Human Performance is the newest Collaborating Institution of SAOT

A cooperative agreement between the College of Health & Human Performance, University of Florida and SAOT has been signed in February 2015.

The collaboration has been initiated by Professor Oliver Friedrich, Chair Professor of the Institute of Medical Biotechnology and principal investigator of SAOT.

3 ERC Starting Grants to SAOT Young Academics

A really great success for the young academics of SAOT! In one ERC Starting Grant call (2014) three young academics were successfull in attracting funding for their proposals submitted to the ERC. The proposals sumbitted by

  • Edouard Berrocal from Lund University, Sweden, who is a SAOT Guest-Professor,
  • Björn Braunschweig from the Lehrstuhl für Feststoff- und Grenzflächenverfahrenatechnik of FAU, who is SAOT-Mentor and
  • Andreas Bräuer from the Lehrstuhl für Technische Thermodynamik of FAU, who is SAOT-managing director

were favourably reviewed by the ERC evaluation panels, composed of independent experts, and have been recommended for funding. The financial support per funded project is usually approximately 1.5 million Euros.

To the press release of FAU and Lund University.

Prof. Edouard Berrocal; Division of Combustion Physics, Lund University
Dr. Björn Braunschweig; Lehrstuhl für Feststoff- und Grenzflächenverfahrenstechnik (LFG), FAU. (Photo: Erich Malter)
Dr. Andreas Braeuer; Lehrstuhl für Technische Thermodynamik (LTT), FAU (Photo: Erich Malter)

Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis 2014 conferred on Philip Russell

Professor Philip Russell, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and PI of the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) was awarded the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis 2014 for the invention of the Photonic Crystal Fibre. more...

The ICO Prize 2014 awarded to Martin Booth

The International Comission for Optics conferred the ICO Prize 2014 to SAOT Visiting Professor and Awardee of the SAOT Young Researcher Award Martin Booth for his innovative and pioneering research on dynamic optical methods and new approaches to adaptive optics. (more)

Award for SAOT Junior Professor Maximilian Waldner

The "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gastroenterologie, Verdauungs, und Stoffwechselkrankheiten (DGVS)" conferred the endoscopy research award (15000€) to SAOT Junior professor Maximilian Waldner for his work on "Label-Free Imaging of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Using Multiphoton Microscopy“ (more, in German)


Award for SAOT Mentor Florian Stelzle

The German Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for SAOT conferred her annual award to SAOT mentor PD Dr. Dr. Florian Stelzle for his work on Tissue-Specific Laser Surgery - Foundations and Transfer to Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (more, in German)


2 M€ Mega Grant to SAOT Coordinator

SAOT Coordinator and head of the Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien (LPT) Michael Schmidt has received one of 42 MEGA Grants awarded by the Russion government to excellent scientists. The grant of 2 million Euros aims to initialize a laboratory on additive manufacturing process focussing on additive manufacturing using different/new materials.

SAOT members publish letter in Nature Physics

SAOT members Martin Wimmer, Alois Regensburger, Georgy Onishchukov und Ulf Peschel publish LETTER in Nature Physics.

Optical diametric drive acceleration through action–reaction symmetry breaking

DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS2777

Prestigious Award to Professor Helmut Neumann

Professor Helmut Neumann, who is also Mentor of SAOT, has been awarded the Endoscopy Award of the German Gastroenterology Association. The award comprises a prize money of 15000€, which is the prize with the highest renumeration in this field.



SAOT Guest Profs contribute to two Nature Photonics papers

Ulrik L. Anderson
Zeev Zalevsky

The two SAOT Guest Professors Ulrik L. Andersen, Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby (Denmark), and Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan (Israel), have contributed two articles in the recent issue of Nature Photonics, Vol. 7 (2013), No. 8 - "Squeezing more out of LIGO" (Anderson) and "Defying Abbe´s law" (Zalevsky)

SMART Summer School in Sicily, 29th September - 4th October

This is the SMART webpage.

This is the SMART Flyer.

SAOT Doctoral Researchers are invited to attend free of charge! Those who want to attend, have to inform SAOT administration (Ms Ort) about their attendance. Then SAOT can cover the fees directly.

Advanced Imaging and Visualization, Austria, 20th - 25th May

This is the Workshop Flyer.

SAOT Doctoral Researchers are invited to attend free of charge! Those who want to attend have to inform SAOT administration (Ms Ort) about their attendance.

3 Credit Points can be collected in the fields Optics in Medicine or Computational Optics. With respect to your credit point achievements, this event is considered to be a "SAOT workshop".

Cymer Scientific Leadership Award to Viviana Agudelo Moreno

During the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference in San Jose, California, SAOT Doctoral Candidate Viviana Agudelo Moreno has been awarded the

"Cymer Scientific Leadership Award, Best Student Paper, SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013, Optical Microlithography Conference XXVI"

for her oral presentation entiteled

“Application of artificial neural networks to compact mask models in optical lithography simulation“ by V. Agudelo, T. Fühner, A. Erdmann, P. Evanschitzky

The conference SPIE Advanced Lithography is the most important conference in the respective area. For 14 years the award, which is donated by Cymer, is conferred on the doctoral researcher who has made the most significant contribution in the field of optical lithography. Thanks to her excellent research in the field of modeling of lithographic masks for the production of semiconductor chips, Viviana Agudelo Moreno brings the award -for the first time- to Europe.


Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Science

In January 2013 SAOT extended its international network by having signed a cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Optics and fine Mechanics (SIOM) of the Chinese Academy of Science. The collaboration has been initiated by Dr. Andreas Erdmann, affiliated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology, the Chair of Electron Devices and SAOT (Mentor of SAOT).

Memorandum of Understanding

Leibniz-Preis 2013 conferred on Professor Merklein

Professor Marion Merklein head of the institute of Manufacturing Technology and PI of SAOT has been selected as the recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2013, which is the highest endowed German research award.

Press release of the German research Foundation...

Professor Russell elected OSA Vice President 2013

Professor Philip Russell one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and PI of SAOT, has been elected Vice President 2013 of the OSA. As Vice President he will become president-elect in 2014 and OSA president in 2015.

Tribute Award of the Association "Gesundheiund Medizin in Erlangen" conferred on Professor Reinhardt

The Association "Gesundheit und Medizin in Erlangen" conferred the tribute award to Professor Reinhardt, who is member of the executive committee of SAOT. This association has been awarding the "Medical Award" annually for 12 years and for the first time -during the 15th anniversary of the association- conferred the tribute award.

Hermann-Appel Award to Dr. Lars Zigan

In a ceremony on 8th November 2012 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences Dr.-Ing. Lars Zigan, who is SAOT-Mentor was awarded the Hermann-Appel-Prize for his doctoral thesis. He completed his research work on automotive transmissions at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTT) in 2011.


The Hermann-Appel-Prize (worth € 2500) was initiated by the IAV GmbH, an automotive engineering company based in Berlin, Chemnitz and Wolfsburg, with the aim of promoting young engineers in automobile development. The prize has now been awarded for the second time to a member of the Chair of Engineering Thermodynamics and to a member of SAOT. On the first occasion in 2004 the prize was awarded in the category of diploma thesis to Dipl.-Ing. Markus Weikl.

Professor Sihe Ma (Vize President of Faculty I) of Yunnan University (left) and Professor Michelson (right)

Professor Michelson appointed visiting Professor at Yunnan Agricultural University

In November 2nd, 2012, Professor Michelson has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the Yunnan Agricultural University of China in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of friendship relation and academic cooperation with FAU.

IEEE paper award presented to Lizhuo Chen

During the 2012 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium from 7th to 10th, October, 2012, in Dresden, Germany, the Student Paper Competition award has been presented to the SAOT doctoral researcher Lizhuo Chen.

The certificate

Professor Friedrich becomes honorary faculty member at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Professor Friedrich, Chair Professor of the Institute of Medical Biotechnology and principal investigator of SAOT, became Honorary Faculty Member and Conjoint Professor of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia.

Martin Hohmann, the first candidate for Cotutelle Agreement with Ryerson University

Martin Hohmann ist the first SAOT doctoral researcher taking part in the Cotutelle agreement between Ryerson University, Toronto, and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. The agreement enables him to go for two degrees, one from Ryerson and one from Erlangen.

This is the interview made in Ryerson.


Arthur L. Schawlow Award to SAOT guest-professor Isamu Miyamoto

During the 31st international congress on applications of lasers and electro-optics, the Arthur L. Schawlow Award has been conferred on Professor Isamu Miyamoto, who is permanent guest-professor of SAOT.


From left to right: Professor Friedrich (SAOT), Statue of Dr. Victor Chang (founder of VCCRI), Professor Martinac (VCCRI)

Collaboration agreement signed between SAOT and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney

On 20th September SAOT expanded its international network with the execution of a collaboration agreement with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), one of the top research institutes of Australia in the field of cardiovascular disease. more...

FAU amongst top 3 in Engineering in Germany

According to the so called Shanghai-Ranking 2012, which is the academic ranking of world Universities, the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is amongst the top three German Universities in the field of engineering, technology and computer sciences. Considering the publication record alone, FAU is ranked first.

Ernest Solvay Award 2012 to Professor Peukert

The Ernest Solvay Award 2012 will be conferred on Professor Peukert (PI of SAOT) on October 11th, 2012, for his outstanding contributions in particle technology and interfacial sciences.

The Ernest Solvay Award is awarded once in two years to a researcher from a non-industrial research institute in the fields of process technology and chemical engineering.

Professor Schmidt becomes INO associate researcher

Professor Schmidt, who is co-coordinator of SAOT and head of the Institute of Photonic Technologies, has become  (for 2012 and 2013) an associate researcher of INO, the largest center for expertise in optics and photonics for industries in Canada.

Professor Merklein appointed to Heinz Maier-Leibnitz committee

Professor Marion Merklein head of the institute of Manufacturing Technology and PI of SAOT has been appointed to the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz committee of the German Research Foundation.

2010 YRA recipient Zeev Zalevsky ranked 15th in the top 50 most-published authors in Applied Optics

Zeev Zalevsky, 2010 YRA recipient, has published until January 2012 in total 62 articles in Applied Optics and is by this number ranked 15th in the list of the top 50 most-published authors during the last 50 years in Applied Optics which celebrates its Golden anniversary in 2012, the Optical Society of America has just announced. Two other scientists from the Erlangen University are listed: ranked 3rd with 88 articles Adolf W. Lohmann, the retired chair professor of the former Institute of Applied Optics, and ranked 43rd with 41 articles Johannes Schwider from the Physics Department, Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics.

Gerd Leuchs Editor of JEOS:RP

JEOS:RP welcomes third editor.

The EOS online journal recently welcomed Professor Gerd Leuchs, SAOT Principal Investigator, as an editor for the important research field Quantum Optics.

1.5 million euros for young FAU scientist

Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil from FAU’s Department of Polymers Science and SAOT Principal Investigator of the topic "Optical Materials and Systems" has been awarded a prestigious ERC starting grant and will receive funding of almost 1.5 million euros. more...

President FAU Professor Grüske and Coordinator SAOT Professor Leipertz

Renewal of SAOT successful

The SAOT has been established at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in November 2006 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments for the Promotion of Science and Research at German Universities. The SAOT project was selected within a strong competition in which 580 proposals were submitted by more than 80 of the 120 eligible universities in Germany. Only 78 of the proposals were approved, and only 11 of these were related to the engineering sciences. more...

Young Researcher Award ceremony 2012 (to Martin Booth)

On June 11th 2012 the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) presented the fifth Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA).

This year's laureate is Dr. Martin Booth, EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Advanced Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK. The YRA recognizes his outstanding contributions in the application ...more

SAOT Student Awards 2012

As a part of Young Researcher Award ceremony, six 'Student Awards' valued at € 1000 were presented to SAOT doctoral candidates for their innovative published work. One prize was awarded in each six research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics. The recipients are...

Collaboration agreement signed between SAOT and Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

From left to right: Professor Friedrich (Head Lehrstuhl für Medizinische Biotechnologie), Professor Rohrbach (Institute of Parasitology), Prof. Leipertz (Coordinator SAOT)

The collaboration agreement between SAOT and the Institute of Parasitology of the McGill University, Montreal, Canada was signed May 30th, 2012.

Memorandum of Understanding

Federal Cross of Merit to Professor Leuchs

(from left): Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske (President FAU), Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch (Minister), Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs, Prof. Philip Russell (Managing Director of the MPL), Thomas Schöck (Head of Administration of the FAU)

On Wednesday, 16th May 2012 Prof. Gerhard Leuchs was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, the Bavarian State Minister of Science, Research and the Arts. Dr. Heubisch emphasized Prof. Leuchs' outstanding research contributions in optics as well as his efforts during the foundation of the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

Prof. Leuchs holds the Chair of Optics and is a director of the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). He is also a director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) in Erlangen and SAOT PI.

Best student paper Award to Lizhuo Chen

The paper

"Noninvasive measurement of pressure field arising from arbitrarily-shaped ultrasound transducers"


Lizhuo Chen, Stefan J. Rupitsch and Reinhard Lerch from the Lehrstuhl für Sensorik

received the Best Student Paper Award at the 16th VDI/ITG congress.

PhD Award for Dr. Andreas Fieselmann

SAOT graduate Dr. Andreas Fieselmann from the "Pattern Recognition Lab" has been distinguished during the 93rd German X-ray congress in Hamburg. The award is based on his contributions in the field of C-arm based perfusion imaging.

Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Award conferred on Andreas Bräuer

Left to right: Professor Weidner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum & Chairman of ProcessNet subsection High Pressure Technology), Laureate Dr. Andreas Bräuer (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg), Professor Dohrn (Bayer Technology Services GmbH & assistant Chairman of ProcessNet subsection High Pressure Technology)

The ProcessNet subsection “High Pressure Technology” decorated Dr. Andreas Bräuer with the Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Award for outstanding, future oriented, sustainable and published achievements

During the annual meeting of the ProcessNet subsection “High Pressure Technology” -March 2nd, 2012 in Hamburg- the Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Award has been conferred to Dr. Andreas Bräuer. The Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Award is conferred by the ProcessNet subsection “High Pressure Technology” on behalf of the Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Foundation for outstanding, future oriented, sustainable and published achievements in the field of high pressure process engineering.

The Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Foundation –and with this the Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Award- has been established by the chair of Separation Science and Technology (Prof. Wolfgang Arlt) and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in agreement with the widow Käte Peter and his son Dr. Wolfgang Peter. The conferment of the award aims to recall that Professor-Siegfried-Peter, while he has been chair professor for Chemical Engineering, has given sustainable distinction to High Pressure Engineering in Germany and in Europe as exemplary researcher and teacher.

 The research achievements of Dr. Andreas Bräuer comprise especially the development and the application of optical measurement techniques for the in situ analysis of high pressure process technologies. Currently, Dr. Andreas Bräuer is heading a research group at the chair of Engineering Thermodynamics and is member of the directors’ board of the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, both institutions at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität- Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Professor Andreas Paul Fröba elected Associate Editor of "International Journal of Thermophysics"

SAOT Professor Andreas P. Fröba has been elected one of only four Associate Editors of the internationally well recognized International Journal of Thermophysics which is the leading journal for the determination of thermophysical properties of matters in the solid, liquid, and gaseous states. Prof. Fröba who is also heading the group of Heat Engineering and Thermophysical Property Research at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTT) will be responsible in the Board of Editors for handling manuscripts that are mainly concerned with the experimental properties of fluids.


2012 Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies

In 2012, for the fifth time, the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) will present the Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies (YRA) to a young scientist with an excellent proven record in optics and optical technologies.

 The 2012 designated laureate is Dr. Martin Booth, EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Advanced Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK. During the award celebration ceremony on June 11th, 2012, the award will be conferred on him in recognition of his outstanding contributions related to the application of adaptive optics to microscopy and photonic engineering. Areas of research he is active in are:

  • Active and adaptive optics, wave front sensing and control for microscopy and optical engineering.
  • High-resolution optical microscopy with applications in biomedical imaging and material characterization.
  • Optical micromachining and fabrication for development of photonic devices.


Fortunately the expertise of Dr. Booth fits well to establish a fruitful collaboration between SAOT researchers and him, especially in the fields of optical material processing, optical materials and metrology.

 As award winner he will have the formal status of a guest professor during his stays at the SAOT when he spends the prize money of 100,000 Euros in close collaborations with several SAOT scientists. For the next few years he will set up a small working group in Erlangen to pursue optical investigations in his area of expertise.

The award underlines SAOT’s objective to improve interdisciplinary research and education in development and application of optics and optical technologies, particularly at the interfaces between natural sciences, engineering and medicine in the six SAOT research areas: optical metrology, optical material processing, optics in medicine, optical material and systems, optics in communication and information technologies and computational optics. The Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies strengthens the international networking of distinguished experts and provides a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of innovative scientific ideas.



New Research Training Group on Heterogeneous Image Systems

Recently a proposal for the establishment of new Research Training Group on HETEROGENEOUS IMAGE SYSTEMS has been accepted by the German Research Foundation (DFG). DFG provides funding of 4.5 Mio€ for the Research Training Group for 4.5 years starting on October 1st, 2012. The application has been coordinated by SAOT professor Marc Stamminger. There are researchers from the department of Computer Sciences and from the department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering involved in the Research Training group.

Description of the Research Training Group is here.

Professor Marion Merklein elected Editorial Board Member of "Journal of Materials Processing Technology"

Marion Merklein, chair professor of Manufacturing Technology, has been elected editorial board member of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, which is one of the most relevant international journals in manufacturing technology.

Professor Reinhard Lerch became IEEE Fellow

In recognition of his contributions to ultrasonic transducer technology and computer modeling of sensors and actuators Professor Reinhard Lerch has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective 1st January 2012.

Outstanding Publication in Biomedical Optics Express

The paper

Tsung-Han Tsai, Benjamin Potsaid, Martin F. Kraus, Chao Zhou, Yuankai K. Tao, Joachim Hornegger, and James G. Fujimoto
Piezoelectric-transducer-based miniature catheter for ultrahigh-speed endoscopic optical coherence tomography
Biomedical Optics Express 2, 2438-2448 (2011)

has a potential audience reach of at least 303 million worldwide, as it has been covered by several key industrial media outlets.


Russian Bavarian Conference on Biomedical Engineering

The Russian Bavarian Conference on Biomedical Engineering was held in Erlangen from 10. until 14. October 2011. Several contributions from the SAOT members were presented at the conference. The SAOT cooperation partner "MIET" (National Research University for Electronic Technology Moscow) was involved in the organisation and carrying out of the conference. The SAOT-MIET cooperation agreement was signed in the Summer between Prof. Umnyashkin (s. picture, in the middle) and the SAOT coordinator Prof. Leipertz (s. picture, left). On the picture, which was taken during the conference is also the SAOT principal investigator and vice-president of the university for research Prof. Hornegger (right). The SAOT-MIET cooperation aims to a double-degree agreement which should make possible to obtain a doctoral degree at the both universities.

Honorary Doctorate for Professor Alfred Leipertz

Presentation of the certificate to Prof. Leipertz by the Rector of the University of Maribor, Prof. Rebolj

The University of Maribor (Slovenia) conferred the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” upon Professor Alfred Leipertz in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of scientific research at the Faculty of Energy Technology of the University of Maribor, knowledge transfer and the promotion of international cooperation. The title was awarded during the ceremony of the DIES ACADEMICUS of the University on September 19th, 2011.

Prestigious Award for SAOT Visiting Professor Alexandra Boltasseva

SAOT Visiting Professor and laureate of the SAOT Young Researcher Award Alexandra Boltasseva has been named by Technology Review to the TR35 list, as one of the world's top 35 young innovators.

Press release from Purdue.


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.