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Welcome to the KSOP - Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Multidisciplinary Environment for First-Class Research, Education, and Innovation.

The Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP), graduate school at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, provides both multidisciplinary Master and Doctorate Programs in Optics & Photonics taught in English. The educational concept is designed to qualify students for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries. 

Students benefit from cooperations with the Optics industry. Partnerships with global corporations such as ZEISS and Polytec, as well as with small and medium-sized enterprises facilitate their first career steps for those who are heading towards the industry. On top KSOP provides its students with additional career training, networking events, free language courses and state of the art labs.



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New Chair of Optronics at KIT

Prof. rer. nat. habil. Marc Eichhorn is the new Head of the Department  "Photonics and Optronic Systems" at the Ettlingen site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technology and Image Evaluation IOSB. At the KIT, Eichhorn holds the newly founded Chair of Optronics. At Fraunhofer IOSB, he will set up a department for laser technologies.

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Prof. Wagenknecht wins the Faculty Teaching Award!


At the annual celebration at the end of April in the Garden Hall, Professor Dr. Hans-Achim Wagenknecht, KSOP Professor, was awarded the Faculty Teaching Prize 2018.

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ZEISS Scholars 2018

Congratulations to our ZEISS Scholarship recipients! Our Premium Partner ZEISS gave three KSOP master students a scholarship that provides financial aid, individual consulting, career coaching, access to ZEISS career network and events!

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What makes perovskite solar cells so efficient

Solar cells with efficiencies of over 20 percent with cost-effective production - Perovskites make it possible. KSOP member Fabian Ruf and his team have gained fundamental insights into the function of perovskite solar cells. They report on their workin the journal Applied Physics Letters.

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Register Today for KSOP Summer School

Register today for the KSOP Summer School! During this three day program, participants will hear from leading experts in the O&P fields, network with students, doctoral researchers and young scientists from other universities and institutes.

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ZEISS Innovation Hub @KIT

ZEISS held a ceremony on the north campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to launch the construction of a new site in Germany. This will be a shared innovation building for KIT and its carve-out Nanoscribe – the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT.

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