The Series brings leading minds in all areas relevant to the science of light to Erlangen. It presents the unique opportunity for scientific exchange with the speakers to a broad audience.

The topics range from ultrafast measurements over a blueprint for a quantum internet to frequency combs for extremely large telescopes. 

All lectures will start at 15.00 CET and will be transmitted via stream. If you would like to attend, please register here for our DLS newsletter. You will then receive the link for the zoom conference by e-mail shortly before the presentation.

If you missed a lecture, have a look at our Youtube channel: If we have the speaker's consent for publishing, you can find the lecture's recording on the DLS Youtube playlist.


Upcoming events:

From nonlinear optics to high-intensity laser physics

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

Past lectures:

Van der Waals heterostructures

Nobel Laureate Sir Kostya Novoselov, Department of Material Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore

Diffractive Optical Networks & Computational Imaging Without a Computer

Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor’s Professor and the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Innovation at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles

Towards integrated optical gyroscopes

Kerry Vahala, Jenkins Professor and Professor of Applied Physics at Caltech

Frequency Comb Development for the Extremely Large Telescope

Professor Derryck Reid, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

The Revolution of Silicon Photonics

Professor Michal Lipson, Columbia University, New York, USA

Comparing Optical and Acoustic Trapping for Biomedical Applications

Professor Dr. Monika Ritsch-Marte, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

Frequency comb interferometry and spectroscopy

Dr. Nathalie Picqué, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany

Non-linear integrated quantum optics with pulsed light

Professor Dr. Christine Silberhorn, Center for Optoelectronics and Photonics (CeOPP), University Paderborn

DLS Special: Three decades riding the photonic crystal fibre wave

Professor Dr. Philip Russell, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany

Towards a blueprint for a quantum internet

Professor Dr. Stephanie Wehner, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands

Ultrafast Measurements and Extreme Events in Nonlinear Fibre Optics

Professor Dr. John Dudley, Université de Franche-Comté and CNRS Research Institute FEMTO-ST Besancon, France

Translational biophotonics – from ideas to instruments

Professor Dr. Jürgen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena, Germany

Photonic Chip based Frequency Combs

Prof. habil. Tobias Kippenberg, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Quantum mechanics in the negative mass reference frame

Professor Dr. Eugene S. Polzik, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Programming Complexity: Large-Scale Photonics for Quantum Information and Machine Learning

Professor Dirk Englund, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Graphene Terahertz Photonics

Professor Dr. Mischa Bonn, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Scalable photonics: an optimized approach

Professor Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA

Biophysics of protein aggregation

Professor Dr. Tuomas Knowles, University of Cambridge, UK

Flat Optics based on Metasurfaces

Professor Federico Capasso, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Evolutionary Photonics: natural designs for manipulating the flow of light and colour

Professor Pete Vukusic, University of Exeter, UK

Learning, neural networks and optics

Professor Demetri Psaltis, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Many-body optical excitations in solid-state systems

Professor Atac Imamoglu, Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Spatio-temporal Optical Vortices

Professor Howard Milchberg, Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Solid-State Quantum Emitters: Old Friends & New

Professor Mete Atature, Cambridge University, UK

How to shrink Accelerators and Light Sources?

Professor Dr.-Ing. Franz X. Kärtner, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Department of Physics & The Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI), University of Hamburg, Germany

Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe

Professor Sir James Hough FRS, Associate Director, Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow, UK

Topological Photonics and Topological Insulator Lasers

Prof. Mordechai Segev, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Simulating Condensed Matter Physics with Light

Prof. Jacqueline Bloch, Centre De Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, Palaiseau, France

Optical Frequency Combs: Generation and Dual-Comb Applications

Prof. Ursula Keller, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

The Riemann Zeta Function and Quantum Mechanics

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang P. Schleich, Institut für Quantenphysik und Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST), Universität Ulm, Germany

Magnetism in Quantum Gases

Prof. Dan Stamper-Kurn, Berkeley University, California, USA

Quantum effects in the motion of surprisingly large objects

Prof. Jack Harris, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Quantum Internet: Vision or Fiction?

Prof. Gerhard Rempe, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany

Bose-Einstein Condensation of Light

Prof. Martin Weitz, University of Bonn, Germany

Sensing and biosensing enabled by silicon photonics: opportunities and challenges

Prof. Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium

Subcycle quantum physics

Prof. Rupert Huber, University of Regensburg, Germany

Watching and sensing single molecules by confining light to the atom scale

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK

Contactless photon-photon interactions

Prof. Charles Adams, University of Durham, UK

3D Printing of Complex Microoptics – Merging with Plasmonic Nanooptics

Prof. Harald Giessen, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Microresonator-Based Combs and Random Number Generators

Prof. Alex Gaeta, Columbia University, New York, USA

Polariton condensates: interactions and superfluidity

Prof. Benoit Deveaud, École Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Trends and innovations in the digital energy world

Prof. Michael Weinhold, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Energy Management Division, Siemens Erlangen, Germany

Laser spectroscopy applied to environmental and ecological research

Prof Sune Svanberg, Lund University, Sweden and South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China

Applications of Laser Spectroscopy to Meet Challenges in Medicine

Prof Katarina Svanberg Lund University, Sweden and South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China

Atom interferometers measuring the fine structure constant and probing the dark sector

Prof Holger Müller, University of California at Berkeley, USA

Quantum optics and quantum information with trapped ions

Prof Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, University of Mainz, Germany

Quantum simulations with atoms in nano-structures

Prof Ignacio Cirac, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany

Probing physics at TeV by measuring aeV

Prof Edward A. Hinds, Imperial College London, UK

Semiconductor devices for quantum technologies

Prof Jonathan Finley, Technische Universität München, Germany

Topological Phases of Sound and Light

Prof Florian Marquardt, FAU Erlangen, Germany

From electric quantum walks to the quest for exactly two interacting quantum atoms

Prof Dieter Meschede, University of Bonn, Germany

Quantum Imaging and the Role of Information

Prof Anton Zeilinger, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna, Austria

Quantum Optics with Cold Atoms

Prof Peter Zoller, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Innsbruck, Austria

Superfluid Fermi gases

Prof Christophe Salomon, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Paris, France

Quantum microwave photonics

Prof Andreas Wallraff, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The quantum way of doing computations

Prof Rainer Blatt, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Juggling with photons and raising Schrödinger cats of light in a cavity

Prof Serge Haroche, Collège de France, Paris, France

Spin Hall Effect for Electrons and Photons

Prof Henry van Driel, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada

From Extreme Nonlinear Optics to Ultrafast Atomic Physics

Prof Anne L'Huillier, Department of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

Quantum cascade lasers comb spectrometers

Prof Jérôme Faist, Quantum Optoelectronics Group, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Fiber-Laser Driven Accelerators and the path to Attosecond X-ray Lasers

Prof Robert L. Byer, Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA

Nanophotonics: gauge field for photons and control of heat

Prof Shanhui Fan, Stanford University, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford, USA

Quantum optics with excitons in semiconductors

Prof Elisabeth Giacobino CNRS, École normale supérieure, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Atomic and Molecular Processes in Strong Fields at the LCLS X-ray Laser

Prof Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford PULSE Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, USA

Rydberg blockade for manipulating atomic and photonic qubits

Prof Philippe Grangier, Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau, France

Green Photonics – optical solutions for the future

Prof Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, Jena; Friedrich Schiller University, Jena

Attosecond Photonics: What we learn by transforming many photons into one

Paul Corkum, University of Ottawa

Coherent Back Scattering and Anderson Localization of Ultra Cold Atoms

Prof Alain Aspect, Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau France

Controlling and Exploring Quantum Matter

Prof Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Munich

Plasmonics: From quantum effects to fano interference and light harvesting

Prof Peter Nordlander, Department of Physics, Rice University, Houston

Femtosecond Optics: More Than Just Really Fast

Prof Erich Ippen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Dressing Molecules and Materials with the Vacuum Field

Prof Thomas Ebbesen, University of Strasbourg

Exploring new frontiers of quantum optical science

Prof Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University

Magneto-optics of quantum systems and nano-imaging

Prof Jörg Wrachtrup, Universität Stuttgart

Classical radiation theory and Planck's constant

Prof Harry Paul, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Controlling spontaneous emission with surface waves

Prof Jean-Jacques Greffet, Institut d‘Optique, Paris


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