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 over 80 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.

Artificial Intelligence to discover simplified descriptions of complex phenomena Marquardt Division

Automatically finding collective coordinates of a physical system

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Open Source Data Analysis Platform for iScat Measurements
New Data Analysis Platform Sandoghdar Division

Open source data analysis platform PiSCAT for iScat measurements now available

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Newsletter 2021 News

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

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High-speed cell sorter Guck Division

Scientists have developed a high-speed method for identifying and sorting cells

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Visualisation of coupled dark and bright light pulses (blue and red respectively) in a microresonator, which has a diameter of 235 micrometer. Image: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Promising pair: When darkness and brightness marry

For the first time, scientists were able to create in tiny glass rings – called microresonators – ultrashort dark and bright light pulses that are...

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Microscopic image of layers of tantalum pentoxide and silicon dioxide, each are only a few thousandth of a millimeter thick. Together they are forming a nearly perfect mirror. Foto: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

The perfect trap: a new way to control the polarization of light

For quantum communication or optical computing it is important to measure and to influence in which direction a light wave is oscillating. It is now...

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Flore Kunst, head of the research group Non-Hermitian topological phenomena

How elegant equations help to understand quantum materials

Flore Kunst likes to manipulate formulas as if to stretch, twist and crumple – but only on paper and with her computer. The leader of a new research...

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Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Jochen Guck

Please contact:
Gee-Hye Yeo (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 501


Head of Infrastructure
Dr. Dorothe Burggraf

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

Current situation regarding COVID-19

Unfortunately, all face-to-face lectures and events at our institute are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Currently we can only offer online seminars.

Upcoming Events

Logo DLS

From nonlinear optics to high-intensity laser physics

Nobel Laureate Prof Dr. Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Canada


Wombat 2022

4th Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin Scattering


MPL Newsletter

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Current issue: Newsletter No 16 - February 2021

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