Our research covers a range of exciting topics in theoretical condensed matter physics and optics. In many of our projects, we use light as a probing tool to gain insight into excitation dynamics and optical properties of nanometer scale structures on ultrafast (femtosecond) timescales. Beyond pure basic research, we use our understanding of nonlinear light-matter interaction to envision strategies for novel light manipulation schemes such as in all-optical switches and quantum-light sources.

In addition to our own work, we are embedded in a stimulating local research environment and work closely with a number of leading groups around the world.

About us


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Below you will find some selected publications. Please refer to the Research Information System (RIS) for a complete list of all publications of our group.


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Networks and projects

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CeOPP: Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics

PC2: Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing

PhoQS: Photonic Quantum Systems

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TRR 142: Tailored Nonlinear Photonics: From Fundamental Concepts to Functional Structures


Prof. Dr. Stefan Schumacher

Theory of Functional Photonic Structures

Room A4.234
Paderborn University
Warburger Str. 100
33098 Paderborn