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.

High-speed cell sorter Guck Division

Scientists have developed a high-speed method for identifying and sorting cells that does not require external cell labeling

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Newsletter 2020 News

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

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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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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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Dr. Leonhard Möckl

Glycocalyx: New research group investigates the sweet husk around cells

From Stanford to Erlangen: A team led by chemist Leonhard Möckl is studying sugar compounds on the surface of cells at the Max Planck Institute for...

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The former mental asylum Heil- und Pflegeanstalt, HuPfla, in Erlangen

Partial demolition of the HuPfla starts

With construction companies having finished securing the so-called Mittelrisalit - the protruding central part of the building - demolition work on...

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The buildings of the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics (MPC-EQP)

Another five years of German-Canadian cooperation

Funding secured for the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics - German ambassador guest during the annual meeting


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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 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.

MPL Newsletter

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

Current issue: Newsletter No 15 - April 2020

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