The AEI in the Cluster of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD: Photonics, Optics, and Engineering - Innovation across Disciplines at Leibniz Universität Hannover is working to advance the performance of key optical technologies enabling our digital lives.

In PhoenixD, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and the Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover work with scientists from numerous institutions in networking research areas and their cooperating task groups on the future of optical technologies and optics production. Researchers from the Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy department and the Quantum Control group are investigating high-precision optical simulations using IfoCAD, and optical simulations of metamaterials and metasurfaces.

To further bundle its scientific expertise in the field of optics, Leibniz Universität Hannover founded the Leibniz Research School for Optics & Photonics (LSO) in spring 2020. The LSO is closely linked to the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD and is equivalent in structure to a faculty. From the end of 2026, the scientists will work together under one roof in the new LSO research building OPTICUM - Optics University Center and Campus in the Marienwerder Science Park.

Research Areas

Optics Simulation, Feedback and Metrology, Optics Manufacturing and Future Optics: The Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD is divided into four large cooperating research areas. Researchers from the institutes are involved in two research areas in a leading role.

Task Groups

The four research areas each comprise several individual research fields in which task groups investigate and solve defined research questions. Scientists from the institutes play a leading role in two task groups.

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