past events

Tuesday 24. October 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting - Q&A with IMPRS alumni: Working in industrial research


Organisation: Rafal Sopalla (MPL/Russell division)

Speaker: Dr. Michael Schmidberger, Project manager and scientist, Osram GmbH

Place: Bibliothek (A.2.500), MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 11:15am


Dr. Michael Schmidberger, alumni of the IMPRS Physics of Light, will depict his daily life as optics expert in industry. Particularly, he will give insights into

·       The transition from academia to industry at different stages of a professional career

·       His current tasks and responsibilities including

o   the daily work-life as an optics expert in industry

o   challenges and pitfalls in commercially focussed research projects

o   differences between academia and industry

Additionally he will give a short summary of a recent research project focussing on broadband infrared LED phosphors to illustrate the workflow and scope of industrial-scale research projects with very application centred mindset. The session will include ample time for questions and discussion!

Short curriculum vitae of Dr. Michael Schmidberger

Dr. Schmidberger currently works as project manager and staff scientist at the central predevelopment department for phosphor research at OSRAM GmbH in Schwabmünchen, Germany. His responsibilities include

·       Project management for conversion solution projects including multiple OSRAM sites as well as external partners and suppliers

·       Development of highly specialised conversion solutions for generating broad optical spectra from monochromatic sources such as LEDs and laser diodes

·       Development of new measurement systems for characterising specialised parameters of optical converters, that cannot be quantified with commercial solutions

·      Responsibility for technical accuracy and safety of existing commercial as well as specialised metrology systems.



Monday 25. September 2017

IMPRS Annual Meeting 2017


Venue: Hotel Stempferhof, Badangerstraße 33, 91327 Gößweinstein

Invited talks: Antoine Kouchner, Christoph Lienau, Allard Mosk, Isabelle Staude

Block lectures: Stephan Götzinger, Joachim von Zanthier

Others: panel discussion, poster session, student talks etc.

For more information: please check out the flyer and program.

Thursday 31. August 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Hsuan-Wei Liu, (MPL/Sandoghdar division)

Lab tour: Optical Imaging Centre Erlangen (OICE), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Speaker: Dr. Philipp Tripal, Postdoc at OICE, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Place: Meet at Hartmannstraße 14, 91052 Erlangen at 13:45Uhr

Date & Time: Thursday, 31 August 2017, 14:00Uhr


Dr. Philipp Tripal will give an introduction about the imaging tools and techniques in OICE.

Wednesday 02. August 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Sebastian Käppler, (FAU /Pattern Recognition lab)

Lab tour: Research at the Pattern Recognition Lab

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Maier, Head of Pattern Recognition lab, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Place: Meet at MPI entrance at 15:45 and walk to the Computer Science Building (Martensstr. 3, Techfak)

Date & Time: Wednesday, 02 August 2017, 16:00Uhr


Prof. Maier will give a presentation of the research at the Pattern Recognition Lab. Currently, the pattern recognition lab hosts over 50 PhD students. Besides research in various areas of medical imaging, the lab's research projects cover a wide variety of topics, most notably multispectral imaging, super resolution, the identification of writers of historical documents using Deep Learning,  and the decryption of the speech of orca whales. If time permits, the presentation will be followed by a short lab tour, where select lab members will give an in-depth presentation of their work.

Monday 19. June 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Ankan Bag (MPL /Leuchs Division)

Lab Tour: 'Sensor System Integration' research group

Place: Sensing System Integration, Siemens AG, Günther-Scharowsky-Str.1, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Monday, 19 June 2017, 13:00-15:00Uhr

Agenda: TBA



Thursday 18. May 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Pooria Hosseini, (MPL /Russell Division)

Talk: Raman spectroscopy as research tool in process technology

Speaker: Dr. Andreas Bräuer, Head of Applied Raman Scattering lab, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Place: Bibliothek (A.2.500), MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Thursday, 18 May 2017, 16:00Uhr


In process engineering the development and the projection of new processes is based on the knowledge of the thermodynamics and the transport processes. Here I will report Raman measurements for the determination of vapor-liquid-equilibria at high pressures and high temperatures (20 MPa and 750 K) and for the determination of mass transport phenomena in drying or spraying applications. While the vapor-liquid-equilibria are measured in micro capillaries, mass transport analysis is realized in common optically accessible high pressure cells.

Thursday 04. May 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Yazgan Tuna, (MPL /Sandoghdar Division)

Talk: Collective Behaviour of Cells in Dense Tissues

Speaker: Özer Duman, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Place: Bibliothek A.2.500, MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Thursday , 04 May 2017, 15:00 h


Biological tissues show different phases of motility, generally described as nonmotile, jammed, and fluid-like phases. The different phases support particular functions. In wound healing, cells move collectively to close a wound. In tumors, cells evolve into a motile phenotype, during cancer metastasis. In in-vitro experiments, cell-cell contacts mature, leading to a glass-like arrest of the previously fluid-like tissue. For motile tissues, we distinguish generally an ordered and jammed solid-like phase and a disordered and migratory fluid-like phase. We develop a novel computational model of tissues wherein individual cells are extended objects with well defined physical properties. The model reproduces the solid-to-fluid and the reverse transition as a function of physical parameters. In particular, we find that cell-cell adhesion favours a solid-like phase, while motility and deformability lead to more fluid like structures.

[1] N. Podewitz, F. Jülicher, G. Gompper, J. Elgeti, New J. Phys. 18 083020 (2016)

[2] N. Podewitz, M. Delarue, J. Elgeti, EPL 109 58005 (2015)

[3] S. Garcia, E. Hannezo, J. Elgeti, J-F. Joanny, P. Silberzan, N. Gov, PNAS 112 15314 (2015)

[4] M. Basan, J. Elgeti, E. Hannezo, W-J. Rappel, H. Levine, PNAS 110 2452 (2012)



Thursday 30. March 2017

Two-day Scientific Writing Workshop


Instructors: Justin Mullins & Mark Buchanan, WAS (Write About Science), London

Venue: Bibliothek A.2.500, MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Thursday & Friday, 30-31 March 2017, 09:00-17:00 h

Attendance: IMPRS-PL students

Course description: 

The Scientific Writing Workshop teaches the skills for producing high quality papers. A main focus of the course is the structure of good communication. So the workshop includes sessions on the structure of sentences, of paragraphs, abstracts and entire papers.We also explain how journals choose the papers they publish, we discuss editing, group editing and graphics. We have a wide range of thought-provoking exercises to emphasise the learning objectives and to allow students to practice the competences we teach. One of the most valuable aspects of the course is the one-to-one feedback we give to each participant. Ahead of the workshop, we ask each attendee to write an abstract about their work. We then prepare detailed line-by-line feedback that we give to each student during the second day.






Friday 17. February 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Golnoush Shafiee, (MPL /Leuchs Division)

Talk: Narrowband Quantum Light Sources for Quantum Memories

Speaker: Professor Hugues de Riedmatten, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain

Place: Bibliothek A.2.500, MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Friday, 17 February 2017, 11:00 h


Photonic quantum memories are important devices in quantum information science as they provide a quantum interface between flying and stationary qubits. The ability to store a quantum state of light enables the synchronization of different probabilistic quantum processes, which in turns allows the realization of scalable quantum networks and quantum repeaters. The realization of photonic quantum memories require strong interactions between photons and matter, which puts stringent requirements on the spectral properties of the photons to be stored.

In this talk, I will describe two approaches to generate storable single photons compatible with quantum memories based on rare-earth doped solids and laser cooled rubidium atoms.  The first approach is based on the generation of narrowband non-degenerate photon pairs compatible with solid-state quantum memories and telecom fibers, using cavity enhanced spontaneous down-conversion. This approach recently led to the first demonstration of quantum correlations between a telecom photon a multimode spin-wave solid-state quantum memory. The second approach involves the realization of a photon pair source with embedded quantum memory, using spontaneous Raman scattering in ensembles of atoms. A recent experiment demonstrating the generation of narrowband and synchronizable single photons with highly tunable wave shape from a cold atomic ensemble of Rubidium atoms will be described, as well as the first demonstration of a solid-state photon pair source with embedded multimode memory.

Wednesday 01. February 2017

IMPRS monthly meeting


Organisation: Ankan Bag, (MPL /Leuchs Division)

Talk: Zero-Index Materials

Speaker: Dr. Sergey Nechayev, Interference Microscopy Group (Leuchs Division), MPL, Erlangen

Place: Light Lounge A.3.500, MPL, Staudtstr.2, 91058 Erlangen

Date & Time: Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 14:00 h


Light propagation in a material with effective refractive index near zero. The unique properties of such wave include: directional emission from zero-index material, "electrostatic" space field distribution of a propagating wave, dramatic field enhancement, applications to optical cloaking, lensing and sensing.