Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP)
Cluster of Excellence of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
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Luftballonweitflugwettbewerb 2013 - Tag der offenen Tür am Forschungszentrum
Die Gewinner unseres diesjährigen Luftballonweitflugwettbewerbs stehen jetzt fest. Das Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP) veranstaltet diesen Wettbewerb jedes Jahr anlässlich des Tages der offenen Tür am Forschungszentrum in Garching. Der Luftballon des diesjährigen Preisträgers ist weit gereist - bis nach Österreich - und hat damit einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Wir danken den Teilnehmern und Rücksendern!
XNPIG 2014 & IMXP 2014 - International Conferences on Phase Contrast Imaging
Scientists from all around the world are invited to submit abstracts for the 2nd International Workshop on X-ray and Neutron Phase Imaging with Gratings (XNPIG) and the International Symposium on BioMedical Applications of X-Ray Phase Contrast Imaging (IMXP). The conference is organized jointly by Franz Pfeiffer (Technical University Munich, Faculty of Physics) and Maximilian Reiser (Ludwig Maximilians University, Faculty of Medicine) will take place in Garmisch from Jan 21 to Jan 24, 2014.
MAP on BRalphaCampus
Does light have the potential to become the key technology of the 21th century? There is a good chance that this will happen since the limits of what light can truly do have by no means yet been reached. A movie on BRalpha-Campus (broadcasting time 3 June, 5.15 p.m.) gives an introduction on the work of the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics. Elisabeth Bothschafter, Annkatrin Sommer and Stefan Karsch describe for what light is useful in their research and what might be possible with the laser in the future. The movie can be accessed on the internet
Publication on MAP in Einsichten. Research magazine LMU 2013
An article in the Newsletter ExploreTUM (01/2013) gives an introduction on the PhotonLab.
Newsletter June 2013
Prof. Dr. Jan J. Wilkens
Jan Wilkens is patiently showing a group of students through the entwined corridors of the lower basement of the Rechts der Isar Hospital (Technische Universität München). He tells the students, who are listening carefully, how radiotherapy works in practice and shows them the underground rooms and medical devices for computer tomography and radiation therapy. Jan Wilkens is a physicist. One can tell that it is his great concern to explain how important the expertise of physicists is in today’s hospitals and “what physicists actually do in hospitals”. He, who works in the field between physics and medicine, thus embodies a basic principle of the cluster of excellence. Wilkens specialized in medical physics and its application in the radiation therapy of cancer patients. Within the cluster he explores the possibilities of laser accelerated ion beams for medicine and conducts radiobiological experiments using laser-accelerated protons (project C.3.2 and C.3.5). Wilkens, who has been a member of the cluster since 2008, initially taught “Advanced Technologies in Radiation Therapy” at the Rechts der Isar Hospital within the framework of MAP. Since 2012, he has been head of the section of Medical Physics at the department of Radiotherapy and Radiological Oncology at Rechts der Isar Hospital. Jan Wilkens studied at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and at University of Nottingham; in 2004, he received his doctorate in Heidelberg. He wrote his dissertation on “Evaluation of Radiobiological effects in Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy: New Strategies for Inverse Treatment Planning”. Between 2001 and 2008, he was a research fellow at the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg at the department of Medical Physics in radiotherapy; in 2006, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Washington University (School of Medicine) in St. Louis, USA. Besides MAP, Jan Wilkens conducts research on physical and radiobiological models for describing radiation effects in patients and develops mathematical optimization methods for modern, image-based irradiation techniques in tumor therapy. After they have received many good impressions, the students say goodbye and leave the hospital – Jan Wilkens looks satisfied. Besides his activities for the MAP student program, he works for the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in his spare time: just recently, he helped to pump dry the flooded urban district Fischerdorf in Deggendorf.