Welcome to the Sandoghdar Division
at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

    • Cryogenic localization microscopy
    • Two distant molecules communicate via single photons
    • iSCAT visualizes nanoconfinement in lipid bilayers
    • Nanopipette electrostatic trap
    • Label-free Single Protein Detection
    • Our move from Zurich
    • Single molecules in a dielectric nanoguide
  • The research of our group aims to advance experimental and theoretical mastery of light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale and to achieve the same degree of control and finesse that is known from the gas-phase quantum optics in the condensed phase. To do this, we combine concepts from quantum optics, laser spectroscopy, cryogenics, optical imaging, scanning probe technology and nanofluidics. In this endeavour, we have addressed a wide spectrum of scientific questions, ranging from quantum optics to biophysics. For more information, please consult our research website and our list of publications.

    Our biophotonics research is featured at Biophysical Society TV



A single molecule as a high-fidelity photon-gun for producing intensity-squeezed light

X.-L. Chu, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar, Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2016.236 (2017). Link to the Paper "Photonen wie aus der Pistole geschossen"[more]


Cryogenic optical localization provides 3D protein structure data with Angstrom resolution

S. Weisenburger, D.  Boening, B. Schomburg, K.  Giller, S.  Becker, C.  Griesinger, and V. Sandoghdar, Nature Methods, doi:10.1038/nmeth.4141 (2017). Link to the Paper "Ein tiefer Blick ins...[more]


Navid Bonakdar's new paper "Mechanical Plasticity of Cells"

Mechanical Plasticity of Cells, Navid Bonakdar, Richard Gerum, Michael Kuhn, Marina Spörrer, Anna Lippert, Werner Schneider, Katerina E. Aifantis & Ben Fabry,  in: Nature Materials (2016), DOI 10.1038/nmat4689[more]


Nature Photonics Cover Page:
Few-photon coherent nonlinear optics with a single molecule

Few-photon coherent nonlinear optics with a single molecule, A. Maser, B. Gmeiner, T. Utikal, S. Götzinger, and V. Sandoghdar, Nature Photonics 10, 450 (2016).[more]