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Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Günther-Scharowsky-Str. 1 / Bau 24
91058 Erlangen
Phone: +49 09131 6877-541
Fax: +49 09131 6877-509

White light sources being several orders of magnitudes brighter than light bulbs, the manipulation of single photons or the smallest focal point in the world – these are just a few skills mastered or developed by the scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. Their main goal is to control light in all dimensions: in time and space, polarisation – i.e. simply speaking the direction of oscillation – and quantum properties. The knowledge they develop could simplify telecommunication or enable more compact data storage. For this purpose the researchers use novel optical structures like optical glass fibres with a regular lattice of tiny hollow channels along its length. Glass fibres guide light with extremely low losses and can be several kilometres long.

Directors | Research Focus

    PhD opportunities

    This institute has an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS):
    IMPRS Physics of Light

    In addition, there is the possibility of individual doctoral research. Please contact the directors or research group leaders at the Institute.

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