From molecules to galaxies

Vision: innoFSPEC as a world-leading center for research and technology in the field of fiber optic spectroscopy and sensing.
Mission: Under the motto "From molecules to galaxies", innoFSPEC Potsdam conducts interdisciplinary photonics research in astrophysics and physical chemistry.

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Under the motto "from molecules to galaxies", innoFSPEC Potsdam was founded in 2008 as a joint project of the University of Potsdam (UP) and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) to establish interdisciplinary research between astrophysics and physical chemistry with international appeal at the Potsdam location.

The idea of an unusual combination of two disciplines is based on the idea that the joint use of the same "photonics" methodology with different scientific questions has the potential to produce innovations that would not arise from more one-dimensional research topics.

A prominent example of the success of this approach is innoFSPEC's world-leading position in the use of integral field spectroscopy from astrophysics for imaging Raman spectroscopy of organic and inorganic samples, which is attracting international interest especially for new devices in cancer diagnostics. In addition, photon density wave (PDW) spectroscopy was successfully further developed at innoFSPEC as an innovative method for optical process analysis technology (OPAT) and the company PDW Analytics was founded in 2013.

Latest News & Events

Growing scientific interest in the field of astrophotonics

23 August 2021

The relatively young research field astrophotonics is expanding and gaining recognition in the international scientific community. Following the initiative of members of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, the two...

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Visit to B-Cube Dresden

13 August 2021

innoFSPEC members Dr. Nabarun Polley and Dr. Peter Werner have recently visited their collaborator Dr. Yong Xu in Dresden to perform and discuss joint experiments for the OptiZeD project. This...

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Needles in a hay stack

22 July 2021

The exploitation of early innoFSPEC research efforts from the period 2008-2014 in the area of multi-channel spectroscopy has yielded another scientific breakthrough. In a research article, published today in the...

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