About Us

The Nano-Optics division of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light was established in February 2011. Our research concerns the interaction of light and matter at the nanometer scale and is a continuation of our previous studies at ETH Zurich between the years 2001 and 2011.


Erlangen is one of the best preserved baroque cities in Germany and boasts a rich lively history. Currently Erlangen is home to more than 100,000 inhabitants.

Erlangen gained its reputation as an open-minded city from the 17th century when the Huguenots made it their second home. The international atmosphere persists to date - not least due to Erlangen's position as a centre for medicine and medical technology and the major site of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-N├╝rnberg (FAU) with its almost 30,000 students from both Germany and abroad.

Erlangen today is also home to the numerous branch offices of Siemens AG and of course the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.

The mixture of new city dwellers and locals of all ages ensures that the "savoir-vivre" of the French settlers lives on. As a result, Erlangen today boasts a rich cultural scene with a variety of events for all tastes: live music, art and figure theatre are as much at home here as the poetry festival and the comic salon.

Last, but not least, there is the annual "Erlanger Bergkirchweih"; a beer festival, which is an outdoor event frequented and treasured by Franconians. Despite a relatively high number of visitors, it is not widely known by tourists, or those living outside Bavaria.