Erlangen Graduate School
Erlangen Graduate School
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As part of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) acts as an interdisciplinary hub for research on photonics and optical technologies in Erlangen. SAOT provides an education program of excellence for national and international doctoral candidates and increases the scientific outreach to the general public in the fields of photonics and optical technologies.

Fields of activity of the involved research groups

  • Quantum Optics and Ultrafast Dynamics
  • Photonic Fibers, Materials and Devices
  • Photonics in Production and Process Technology
  • Biomedical Photonics and Image Data Processing


  • Broad educational program provided across the faculties in the fundamentals of optical technologies and their applications
  • Research and education on the highest level considering the fields of activity
  • Coordination of joint project applications involving photonics and optical technologies
  • Coordination and realization of multiple outreach activities with various partners

Technology partners

  • Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL)
  • Bavarian Laser Center (blz)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS)
  • Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN)
  • University hospitals

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Schmidt (Coordinator)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Will (Co-Coordinator)
Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Phys. Johannes Knorr (Director of Administration)

Erlangen Graduate School
in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT)

Paul-Gordan Straße 6-8
91052 Erlangen

Tel.: +49 9131  85 - 2 58 58
Fax: +49 9131  85 - 2 58 51