The Institute

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light is one of 82 Max Planck Institutes. They all conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements. And their research spectrum is continually evolving: new institutes are established to find answers to seminal, forward-looking scientific questions, while others are closed when, for example, their research field has been widely established at universities. This continuous renewal preserves the scope the Max Planck Society needs to react quickly to pioneering scientific developments.

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) was founded in January 2009 and is thus one of the youngest Max Planck Institutes. Currently it consists of four divisions, several independent research groups and three Technical Development and Service Units (TDSU). Each independent research group is established for a limited amount of time and is lead by a younger scientist, enabling them to lay the cornerstone for his or her future scientific career. The TDSUs have a dual task: they pursue their own research based on the high technical standard of their groups and they provide service to the divisions and research groups.