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

    The review of the Symposium "Systems Neuroscience" is online



William Hamlyn wins poster prize at ICAP 2018

Congratulations! At ICAP 2018 William Hamlyn won the Nature Physics Reviews prize for his poster entitled "Atom-light interactions in thermal Rubidium vapours confined to a volume less than λ3". Download...[more]


New publication in Nano Letters: High-Speed Microscopy of Diffusion in Pore-Spanning Lipid Membranes

Pore-spanning membranes (PSMs) provide a highly attractive model system for investigating fundamental processes in lipid bilayers. We measure and compare lipid diffusion in the supported and suspended regions of PSMs prepared on...[more]


New book "Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics" now available

In 2013, a summer school on Quantum Optics and Nanophotonics was held at Les Houches, France. The book covering many of the lectures is now available! (Image copyright by Oxford University Press Scholarship Online 2017) Take a...[more]


Mahdi Mazaheri wins poster prize at DPG spring meeting 2018 in Berlin

Congratulations! During the 2018 DPG spring meeting in Berlin, Mahdi Mazaheri won the EPL poster award of the DPG biological physics division. The title of the poster is: "High-speed imaging of rotational diffusion of a gold...[more]