Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light covers a wide range of topics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, photonic crystal fibres, optomechanics, quantum technologies, biophysics, and—in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin – links between physics and medicine. MPL was founded in 2009 and is one of the 83 institutes that make up the Max Planck Society, whose mission is to conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Top 50 Nature Communications Russell Division

Article of MPL scientists in the Top 50 Nature Communications physics articles published in 2019

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Workshop on Interferometric Scattering Microscopy Sandoghdar Division

From 26 - 28 May 2020

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Newsletter 2019

Read more about our current research in this year's newsletter

Interferometric Scattering microscopy
Interferometric Scattering microscopy Sandoghdar Division and MPZPM

Interferometric scattering microscopy reveals microsecond nanoscopic protein motion on a live cell membrane

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Tap-proof Quantum Communication
Tap-proof Quantum Communication News

BMBF to provide 165 million euros for the QuNet initiative

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POSTPONED: 70th Birthday Symposium for Gerd Leuchs: Light, Lasers and Quanta

As a result of the current coronavirus emergency, we sadly have no choice but to postpone the 70th birthday symposium "Light, Lasers & Quanta" for our...

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Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Girls'Day programme scheduled for 26 March. Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Max...

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Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Florian Marquardt

Please contact:
Gesine Murphy (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 401


Head of Infrastructure
Dr. Dorothe Burggraf

Please contact:
Lisa Spann (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 801

Current situation regarding COVID-19

Unfortunately, all current lectures and events at our institute are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. As soon as lectures and events take place again, you will be informed here.

MPL Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with MPL’s latest research via our Newsletter. 

Current issue: Newsletter No 14 - July 2019

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