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.

Artificial Intelligence to discover simplified descriptions of complex phenomena Marquardt Division

Automatically finding collective coordinates of a physical system

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Open Source Data Analysis Platform for iScat Measurements
New Data Analysis Platform Sandoghdar Division

Open source data analysis platform PiSCAT for iScat measurements now available

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Newsletter 2021 News

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

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High-speed cell sorter Guck Division

Scientists have developed a high-speed method for identifying and sorting cells

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How elegant equations help to understand quantum materials

What is the difference between a mug with one ear and a donut? For Flore Kunst, there is none. “One can simply deform one into the other without...

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Eckert, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC; Bavaria's Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger; the director of the MPI for the Science of Light, Prof. Florian Marquardt

Bavaria boosts building of quantum computers

The Free State invests 300 Million Euro in the newly formed initiative Munich Quantum Valley. One of its goals: The development of a new generation of...

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Art project: Erlangen MPL for the Science of Light cooperates with Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts

In the past, natural sciences have always inspired artists to create extraordinary art. But today, direct exchange with each other is becoming...

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Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Jochen Guck

Please contact:
Gee-Hye Yeo (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 501


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.

Upcoming Events

Logo DLS

From nonlinear optics to high-intensity laser physics

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


Wombat 2022

4th Workshop on Optomechanics and Brillouin Scattering


MPL Newsletter

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

Current issue: Newsletter No 16 - February 2021

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