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innoFSPEC Potsdam developing innovations in photonics

innoFSPEC Potsdam developing innovations in photonics - from molecules to galaxies

Photonics is one of the six key enabling technologies of the European Union providing the basis for innovation in a range of products across all industrial sectors. In the interdisciplinary innovation centre innoFSPEC Potsdam, scientists from both astrophysics and physical chemistry develop innovations for future photonics applications.

A recent article, published on the BMBF-website, provides further insights into some of the innoFSPEC activities:

Design thinking session @ innoFSPEC

During a recent innoFSPEC workshop, we had an inspiring design thinking session together with Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA. Katharina Hölzle holds the Chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Potsdam and she is also a coach at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam. Design thinking is a user-centered approach to solve complex problems. In our workshop, it was applied by the innoFSPEC team to develop the research and innovation strategy further.

Chinese delegation visiting innoFSPEC Potsdam

Chinese delegation from Henan Academy of Science visiting innoFSPEC Potsdam

On 16th of November 2017, a delegation from the Henan Academy of Science (HAS), China, came to visit innoFSPEC Potsdam. Prof. Martin M. Roth gave an overview of the activities at innoFSPEC, followed by Thomas Schiewe for the introduction of the PDW technology, and Dr. Ziyang Zhang for the summary of the Astrooptics research targets.

Prof. Guocan Chen, representative of the delegation, also director of the Institute of Biology, HAS, was intrigued by the activities at Potsdam. He has expressed great interest to establish international scientific cooperation, in order to promote innoFSPEC technology in relation to the fast economic growth in Henan, central area of China.

For further information please contact Dr. Zhang ()

innoFSPEC and astrOOptics seminar

innoFSPEC and astrOOptics public status seminar, 14 Nov, Potsdam

On 14th of November 2017, we give our next public status seminar hosted as a joint seminar by the innovation centers innoFSPEC Potsdam and ultra optics Jena (joint project astrOOptics). In the seminar, we plan to show the results of recent activities and research projects as well as prospects for 2018. During the subsequent poster session and lunch break, we are looking forward to discussing topics further with our guests.

The event will take place from 10 am to 1 pm at the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam.

For further information and for registration, please send an email to: .

Special seminar on nonlinear optics applications

13th Nov 2017 - special seminar on nonlinear optics applications

On 13th of November, we would like to invite you to our next special innoFSPEC seminar given by Dr. Masood Ghotbi from the University of Kurdistan in Iran. In case of questions and for further information, please contact Dr. Stefano Minardi ().

  • speaker: Dr. Masood Ghotbi
  • affiliation: University of Kurdistan, Iran
  • title: Frequency conversion of ultrashort laser pulses based on nonlinear interactions
  • location: Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam; Schwarzschild house, seminar room
  • date & time: Monday, 13th of Nov 2017, 3:30-4:30 pm


The coherent laser light in different spectral regions is needed for the applications in Science, Medicine and Technology. The standard laser sources normally have a special wavelength or a very limited tunablity. Nonlinear Optics has provided a solution for these problems via various nonlinear interaction schemes. By appropriate application of different second and third order nonlinear interactions, it is possible to cover a wide area across the whole spectral range from Vacuum UV to Mid-infrared. Because of the very small values of the nonlinear interaction coefficients (10E-12 and 10E-24 for second and third order nonlinearities, respectively) higher intensities of ultrashort pulses give them the priority for the efficient interactions. In this talk we will try to present the results of the successful application of different nonlinear interactions using femtosecond pulses for the efficient generation of tunable ultrashort pulses across the different parts of the spectrum.

About the lecturer:

Dr. Masood Ghotbi received his Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2005 at ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona, Spain) with a thesis focused on the theoretical and experimental investigation on frequency conversion of femtosecond pulses with BIBO nonlinear crystal. He developed later optical parametric sources at ICFO and Max Born Institute, Berlin. Since 2012 is working as the head of Physics department at the University of Kurdistan in Iran.