Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Lisa Kadner

“I am interested in everything that has to do with light."
Lisa Kadner Master Student at KSOP

Lisa Kadner studies at the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics and writes her master thesis at Polytec.


1. Ms. Kadner, where are you coming from?

I come from the city of Jena and study at the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics in Karlsruhe.


2. What are you studying?

I study Optics & Photonics.


3. What do you like most about your study at KSOP?

KSOP offers an international Master Program, so the students are from various countries. For me, the best thing about KSOP is meeting all those great people from all around the world. What I also like about the program is the combination of theory and practice. That is very important to me.


4. You are writing your Master thesis at the Polytec headquarters in Waldbronn. What is it about?

It is about improving the resolution of a vibrometer with a so called open optical resonator. This consists of an arrangement of mirrors that forms a standing wave cavity resonator for light waves. I investigate this new method in theory as well as in experiment. The goal of my research is to achieve attometer resolution to improve the non-contact laser-based measurement of vibrations.


5. Why did you chose Polytec for your thesis?

Last year, I did an internship at Polytec where I could work on a project on my own. Plus the working atmosphere was very friendly. Because this internship was such a positive experience I chose to come back for the thesis.


6. How important is practical experience for your studies?

Practical experience is highly important as all the theory is worth nothing if you cannot apply it to something real. During studies it´s motivating, because you see what can be done with the knowledge from the lectures and in turn it also deepens that knowledge.


7. What are your future plans? Are you planning to work in this field when you graduated?

Yes, I can imagine working in this field, but I would also like to gain experience in other branches of optics & photonics. I am especially interested in the fields „Advanced Photonic Materials“ and „Integrated Optics“. Since I am interested in everything that has to do with light there are many other optics topics that might draw my attention.

Ms. Kadner, we thank you for this interview and wish you all the best for your future.