Erlangen Graduate School
Erlangen Graduate School
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The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) has been established within the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments in November 2006 at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg to promote science and research at German universities. The SAOT offers a structured educational programme for doctoral candidates across the faculties.

Fields of activity of the individual laboratories

  • Optical Metrology
  • Optical Material Processing
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Optics in Communication and Information Technology
  • Optical Materials and Systems
  • Computational Optics


  • Very broad education provided across the faculties in the fundamentals of optical technologies and different applications
  • Research and education on the highest level considering the fields of activity
  • Participation in a network of international elite university andresearch institutes

Main areas of research and development
see „Fields of activity“

Technology partners

  • Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
  • Bavarian Laser Center
  • University hospitals
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB

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