News from the Institute

Here we cover all sorts of events and news from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

The MPQ student lab wins a Lela Prize

With the experiment "Lecker im Licht", the school laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has won the first prize of LernortLabor, the federal association of school laboratories. The course explains both the phenomena of light and the psychology behind lighting and colour vision. Congratulations to PhotonLab on the award! more


On 28 January 2023, the MPQ opened its doors to the regional competition of the German Young Physicists’ Tournament (GYPT). The participants gave short presentations explaining different physics problems that they had selected in advance and investigated theoretically and experimentally over several weeks. Six of the twelve participants qualified for the next stage, the national competition in Bad Honnef at the beginning of March. more

Optica announces new "Theodor W. Hänsch Prize in Quantum Optics"

The Optica research society has announced a new scientific prize: Named after Theodor Hänsch - Director at MPQ, Professor at LMU and Nobel Laureate in Physics - the 20,000 US dollar research prize is aimed at young scientists working on innovative projects in the field of quantum technologies. more

The Mouse Door Opener Day at MPQ 2022

On 3 October 2022, the mouse invited people all over Germany to "Mouse Door Opener Day" and numerous scientific and technical institutions responded to its call. The Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich also opened its doors and encouraged children and adults alike to experiment, marvel and participate. more

Exploring new worlds

Physicist Immanuel Bloch is awarded the Clarivate Citation Laureate for his pioneering work in the field of quantum simulation. In this article, he talks about his recent visit to Google, his motivations and his enthusiasm for teaching, and many other things. (A portrait by Hubert Filser, LMU) more

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