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The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) was founded in January 2009, based on the long tradition of optics research in Erlangen. The scientists at MPL conduct basic research in the field of modern optics and optical materials. The research areas include light-matter interaction, nano optics, quantum information processing, optical sensors as well as nonlinear optics. In general, the main goal of the research at MPL is to control light and its interaction with matter in all dimensions: in time and space, polarisation and in its quantum properties.
Currently MPL consists of five divisions, several independent research groups and three Technical Development and Service Units. At present, 220 people are employed at MPL. MPL completed the move to the new building by November 2016 and is located near the physics department of Friedrich-Alexander
University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

Main activities
• optics and information
• nano optics
• photonic crystal fibres
• quantum optics
• bio photonics
• theory

scientific cooperations with research institutions and industry partners

Main areas of research and development
• light matter interaction
• optical sensors
• nonlinear optics (in gases)
• plasmonics
• quantum optics, quantum information and quantum communication
• optomechanical nonlinearities
• high resolution optical nanoscopy and metrology
• nano optics & bio photonics
• optomechanics

Special facilities
• state-of-the-art optical laboratories
• high-quality clean rooms
• high-level micro and nano structuring equipment
• optical and electron beam microscopes
• fibre drawing tower
• glas studio.


Managing director
Prof. Philip Russell, D.Phil., FRS

Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts
Staudtstr. 2
91058 Erlangen

Tel.: +49 9131 7133 0
Fax: +49 9131 7133 990