Jan Sperrhake (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) and his team members Chen Zhang (Technical University Ilmenau) and Maria Nisser (University Hospital Jena) received the Edmund Optics Educational Award in the category “Gold” for their research idea. The award with a purse of 7,000 euros was presented to the winning team in the morning of March 4, 2020 at the Abbe Center of Photonics in Jena by representatives of the optics supplier.
Prof. Thomas Pertsch, head of the nano- and quantum-optics research group at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University - who is also the doctoral supervisor of the prizewinner Jan Sperrhake - welcomed around 30 guests at the award ceremony. In his welcoming address he emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional cooperation for the successful transfer of technologies into concrete applications:
“I am particularly pleased that a young research team is being honored here, whose exceptional commitment and initiative were the essential basis for the award-winning project. I am sure that the award not only honors their courage for the highly interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, but also provides the team with further incentive to continue their highly relevant research."