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International Year of Light 2015

IYL 2015 - Events in Munich

Light with all it's aspects is this year's theme for the International Year of light, proclaimed by the General-Assembly of the United Nations. Events will take place all over the world, from light installations to scientific talks.

Please find a list of events in and around Munich here:



Training for teachers in the Year of Light

The centre for student education, the PhotonLab offers a training for teachers:

Friday, 19th June 2015, 14:00 - 17:00

PhotonLab at the MPQ, Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1, 85748 Garching

All offers of the PhotonLab will be presented, including a demonstration of a femtosecond laser and the opportunity to perform experiments, e.g. the use of an interferometer, which is able to determine the wavelength of laser light. Specific topic will be holography.

Please register here




News article about phase-contrast X-ray imaging and CALA

The Neue Züricher Zeitung is currently featuring an article about phase-contrast x-ray imaging and the new Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), which is currently under construction. The reporter interviewed members from the Cluster of Excellence, Prof. Ferenc Krausz and Prof. Franz Pfeiffer.




Cover of Medical Physics shows MAP publication

Currently featuring on the cover of ‘Medical Physics’ is Katia Parodi and group’s publication on the prospects of improving proton therapy in head and neck cancer patients. The publication is also highlighted as a featured article in the March issue.
March Issue of 'Medical Physics'



TV portrayal of Leibniz Prize winner, Franz Pfeiffer

In a TV portrayal of Franz Pfeiffer, BR alpha features the way in which a new X-ray method will improve diagnostics of cancer and osteoporosis.

Latest info material

Research magazine about medical physics at MAP (pdf)
MAP-Newsletter December 2014 (pdf)
PhotonLab Campus Quiz (pdf)

We introduce

Prof. Dr. Paul Bolton

For the past 40 years, our new Guest Professor, Paul Bolton, has worked in the field of physics. Nowadays, he is still just as excited and there’s not a week in his life where he isn’t learning something new or being intrigued by new ideas. Before arriving in Munich this summer, he spent the past seven years as the Deputy-Director-General of the Kansai Photon Science Institute located in outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. 

As a Guest Professor, associated with Professor Katia Parodi's team, he will pass on his knowledge at LMU, initially by offering a new graduate course about the 'integrated laser-driven ion accelerator system (ILDIAS)' and it’s applications.

We interviewed him to learn about his stay in Japan, his plans as a guest professor here in Munich and what he regards as the most fascinating thing about physics. 

Read full interview here