Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) focuses on basic research into all aspects of the interaction between light and matter, from modern optics to photonics, quantum effects and their applications in the "real" world. It aims to extend the realm of the possible in the science and technology of light. MPL was founded in 2009 and is one of the 83 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.

Symposium for the Science of Light 27 – 29 March 2019, Erlangen, Germany

Calling Future Research Leaders to a Symposium on the Science of Light

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Molecule quantum systems Sandoghdar Division

Organic molecules can be turned into nearly ideal quantum systems

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Christmas lecture Let there be light

If you missed the event, you can now rewatch the lecture

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Kuenstliche Intelligenz
Artificial Intelligence Marquardt Division

Neural networks enable adaptive error correction for computers based on quantum physics

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Technology from Erlangen exploring the Atmosphere

Klaus Mantel from MPLs TDSU developed a spatial heterodyne inferometer which is now on a satellite in low Earth orbit.

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Turning a molecule into a coherent two-level quantum system

Physicists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) have succeeded in turning an organic molecule into a nearly ideal quantum system...

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International Day of Light

We are celebrating UNESCOs International Day of Light on May 16

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Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Florian Marquardt

Please contact:
Gesine Murphy (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 401


Head of Infrastructure
Dr. Dorothe Burggraf

Please contact:
Lisa Spann (PA)
Phone: +49 9131 7133 801

Upcoming Events

Symposium on the Science of Light

We are calling future research leaders to a symposium on the Science of Light!


DLS: Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe

The Distinguished Lecturer Series (DLS) follow a colloquium format for a broad audience and will be followed by a reception to provide an [...]


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Current issue: Newsletter No 13 - October 2018

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