Former workshops

NOLOSS General Scientific Training

Date:  27.03.2017 – 31.03.2017

The first training session is moved to a date that assures that all ESR can participate. Due to difficulties in requiting candidates we set the training session at the end of the first year.

Venue: Jena, Germany

Jena is chosen as a venue as planned and allowed to profit from the excellence in optical technology and and competences to provide general training. See the description of the local organization team at the end of this document.

Local organization team

• Abbe school of Photonics (ASP)
• Fraunhofer IOF (IOF)
• Institute of Applied Physics (IAP-FSU)


General Scientific Training 1: Principles of Macro- and Nano-optics.

In General Scientific Training 1 intensive advanced training is given in optical systems containing at least one nano-optical component. The emphasis is on theory and the optical systems are modeled from source up to and including the detector. During the first two days basic theory of optical systems and Maxwell’s equations are considered. Among the topics studied are plane wave expansions, evanescent waves, polarization, paraxial and non-paraxial fields, high NA focusing and imaging and partial coherence, short pulses and slow light will be discussed. Furthermore, diffraction theory, Mie’s solution for a sphere and resolution limits are treated. On the third day, waves in anisotropic media are studied in depth. Photonic crystals and other periodic structures such as gratings are treated. Last but not least, resolution limits are explained and method to attain super-resolution are discussed. On the third day rigorous models for Maxwell’s equations are discussed and this is continued on the fourth day. The FEM, FDTD, RCWA are explained in detail. The Perfectly Matched Layer is shown to be the most efficient method to terminate the computational domain and the connection between the PML and optical cloaking is explained. Also hands-on training is given using in particular the FEM codes and raytracer.

Details of then local organization team

Three institutions share the organization.

• Abbe school of Photonics (ASP)
• Fraunhofer IOF (IOF)
• Institute of Applied Physics (IAP-FSU)

The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP, provides and coordinates the graduate studies in optics and photonics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, promoting their academic careers and providing job experience in the photonics industry. The School’s interdisciplinary education programs are embedded within the framework of a cross-fertilizing research environment inherent to the Abbe Center of Photonics. Offered graduate degrees are our distinguished Master’s degree programs (M.Sc. Photonics and M.Sc. Physics with focus on photonics) and a broad-based doctoral program in optics and photonics. All ASP-modules in optics and photonics are open for all M.Sc. students enrolled in the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy.
The School’s concept and philosophy has as a main goal the establishment of one of the world’s leading educational centers in optics and photonics in Jena, Germany. ASP was shaped by the tradition and broad teaching and research activity spectrum in the field of light sciences at our University. The School offers outstanding degree qualification opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of optics and photonics. The School’s qualification strategy is completely research-oriented and based on the principles of academic freedom, competitive research conditions and internationalization at all levels of education and research.
The School recognizes its responsibility that many of its graduates will continue a career in research-intensive companies. ASP’s training programs therefore aim to promote and optimally link the academic career phases of young scientists with job experience in research-intensive companies. All of our competitive career development measures are therefore designed to lay the foundation for successful careers both in academia and industry.
ASP was founded in 2008 in public private partnership by the German federal and Thuringian state goverments, the University of Jena and the German photonics industry. Since then, these partners together with the European Union have provided basic funding necessary to support the School’s financial needs. A key factor of the program is ASP’s close collaboration with industrial partners. To sustain our partners’ exceptional economic development in the future, the availability of a substantial number of highly qualified employees will be required. ASP graduates are those potential candidates, well-prepared for the German photonics industry.

The Fraunhofer IOF ( conducts application-oriented research in the field of optical systems engineering on behalf of its clients in industry and within publicly-funded collaborative projects.
The field of optical system engineering enables the step from specific optical, mechanical and electronic components to optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic modules and systems with complex functionalities. The objective is to control light, from its generation to its application. In this context, the sustainable energy-efficient use of light – “Green Photonics” – plays a special role for the Fraunhofer IOF, particularly with regard to the Fraunhofer innovation cluster.
Clients of Fraunhofer IOF come from the information and communications, lighting, transport, production, life sciences, food, medical technology, environmental and safety engineering markets.
The Fraunhofer IOF provides the entire process chain, starting from system design to manufacture of prototype optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems.

The competence portfolio encompasses:
• Design and Simulation,
• Micro and Nano-structuring,
• Optics and Photonics Materials,
• Coating and Surface Functionalization,
• Diamond-Based Ultra-Precision Processing,
• Materials Processing Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses,
• Micro-Assembly and System Integration,
• Laser Development and Non-Linear Optics,
• Measurement Methods and Characterization.

The INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) ( is known for its developments of novel optical materials and elements – from basic to application orientated research. It offers remarkable contributions to solving issues in emerging fields like information and communication, health and medicine, environment and energy (Green Photonics) as well as process technology and optical measurement methods. For this purpose, key aspects of research lie – amongst others – on micro and nano optics, ultrafast optics and microstructure technology. Current research works concern function, design and production of micro and nano optical elements. Those are e.g. resonant grating structures, metallic and dielectric polarizers and effective media to reduce reflection of surfaces. The light propagation and nonlinear light-matter interaction in micro and nano structures, optical meta materials and photonic crystals are fundamentally examined. Further research fields include the application of femtosecond laser pulses, e.g. for material processing and micro and nano structuring, the development of new concepts for solid-state lasers such as fiber lasers and fiber-optic pulse shaping and amplification of ultrashort laser pulses.

Specifically, the research group Fiber & Waveguide Lasers is working on the development of new concepts for solid-state lasers such as fiber lasers, pulse shaping and fiber-optical intensification of ultrashort laser pulses.
The working group Microstructure Technology and Micro Optics attends to the function and design of micro and nano optical elements as well as applications and technology developments for micro structuring. Examples may be mentioned: metallic and dielectric polarizers in the range of IR to DUV, 3D nano structuring of crystals with ion beams, effective media to reduce reflection on smooth and micro structured surfaces.
The research group Nano Optics deals with light propagation of nonlinear light-matter interaction in micro-and nano-structures, optical meta materials, photonic crystals and the efficiency of photovoltaic elements and could realize for the first time a polarization-intensive negative index material in the NIR as well as coupled micro resonators using lithographic techniques.
Optical Engineering focuses on the development of basic concepts of Field Tracing as well as tracing techniques to enable unified optical modeling. Besides various other applications the team investigated the use of Field Tracing for the propagation of fs pulses through optical systems.
A further research group – Ultrafast Optics – examines applications of femtosecond laser pulses for micro and nano structuring of optical materials, and realized Fiber-Bragg gratings in multimode fibers by ultrashort laser pulses.

For the treatment of such complex tasks, the Institute has access to innovative technologies and excellent facilities, whose further development is being constantly driven forward.

Inscription fee

A general inscription fee will be charged for each participant, which includes he general organization, coffee breaks, lunch and social excursion. 


NOLOSS Reserach Training workshop

NOLOSS Research Training

Date:  25.10.2017 – 27.10.2017

The first research training session will be held after a ESRs could have first results. All ESR will participate and present their subject of research and ongoing activities to the consortium body. 

Neuchatel  is chosen as a venue as planned. The close link with local project partners allowed to profit from the excellence not only in optical technology but also in secondary skills.

Local organization team

SUSS MicroOptics (SMO)
Meyer Burger Research (MBR)


Venue: Microcity EPFL – Neuchatel, Switzerland

The first research training workshop will take 3 days. The research training workshop is organized by the coordinator in Neuchâtel.

A meeting of the Supervisory Board will be held during the first day and the goals and planning of the project will be discussed.

Day two will entirely be used for presentations of each ESRs thesis project in detail and a discussion. The main academic and industrial supervisors of the ESRs discuss together with the ESRs the timing of the research plan and the schedule of the secondments.

During day three lectures about secondary skills and a plenary lecture on vision and optics deliver by Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique​​​​​​ CSEM is scheduled.