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.

With Benoit Ladoux, the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin wins an additional Humbold-Professor and expands the scope of its research

Since May, physicist Professor Benoit Ladoux and his research group 'Tissue mechanobiology' have been investigating the role of mechanical constraints and force transmission in multicellular systems at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin (MPZPM). With Ladoux, the MPZPM not only gains a world-leading researcher in the field of biophysics, but now has a fourth Humboldt Professor on…

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Grand Opening Symposium 2024 | Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin

On 18 and 19 September 2024

Renowned international speakers from the scientific fields of physics, medicine and biology will give keynote and cutting-edge insights into their latest studies, highlighting the extraordinary potential of the MPZPM.

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Reflections without mirroring: novel concept for detecting chiral molecules


In contrast to conventional mirrors, light can be reflected on surfaces known as meta surfaces without changing its polarization. This has now been proven by physicists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

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Microkiss-and-tell: A new method for precision delivery of nanoparticles and small molecules to individual cells


A research team at the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin, Erlangen led by Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar has now successfully shown how small molecules and single nanoparticles can be applied directly onto the surface of cells. In the study recently published in the journal Nature Methods, the scientists describe their technique as a “µkiss” (microkiss) – an easy and cost-effective new method, unlocking new possibilities in single-cell science with a view towards next generation therapeutic applications.

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Spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC), as a source of entangled photons, is of great interest for quantum physics and quantum technology, but…

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LIGHT – A Multifaceted Phenomenon

Under the title “LIGHT a Multifaceted Phenomenon”, the MPL celebrated this year's International Day of Light with a two-part lecture series.

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New insights into the interaction of femtosecond lasers with living tissue

Nonlinear light microscopy has revolutionized our ability to observe and understand complex biological processes. However, light can also damage…

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Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar, Ph.D.

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Julia Graßer (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 301


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Dr. Dorothe Burggraf

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

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Grand Opening Symposium 2024 | Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin

GRAND OPENING SYMPOSIUM on the occasion of the new Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin in Erlangen 18-19 September 2024.  [...]


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