Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics

Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP)

Cluster of Excellence of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

The Laboratory for Extreme Photonics (LEX) has a lot to offer, not only for scientists, but also for photographers. The participants of a course for scientific photography given by the Adult Education Center in Garching have captured very exciting views of the new laser research center at the campus in Garching. The picture and the whole exhibition “Faces of light” are being shown until June 6 2014 at the Adult Education Center (VHS) in Garching, Bürgermeister-Wagner-Straße 3 (Photo: Thomas Stempfhuber).


Junge Köpfe und neue Ideen für die Physik: Jugend forscht Landeswettbewerb 2014

Das Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics stiftet Preis für Gewinnerinnen in der Kategorie Physik …



Prof. Reinhard Kienberger wird Max Planck Fellow am Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kienberger, seit 2013 Leiter des Lehrstuhls für Laser- und Röntgenphysik an der …




Dreiländertagung der Medizinischen Physik

Die Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Strahlenbiologie und Medizin-Physik (SGSMP), die Deutsche (DGMP) und die Österreichische Gesellschaft für Medizin-Physik (ÖGMP) richten von 07. bis 10. September 2014 die Dreiländertagung der Medizinischen Physik 2014 aus.

Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterDreiländertagung Medizinische Physik 2014

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Publication on medicalphysicsweb

An article on Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fenstermedicalphysicsweb on the research of Prof. Katia Parodi and colleagues on "Ionoacoustics: a new take on range verification" which she recently presented at the ICTR-PHE meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

Research on phase contrast imaging featured by magazine Medizin&Technik

The magazine Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterMedizin&Technik (01/2014) reports on the research of Franz Pfeiffer and Martin Bech on phase contrast imaging.

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 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 the research and what might be possible with the laser in the future. Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterThe movie can be accessed on the internet.


Prof. Dr. Jan J. Wilkens

Jan Wilkens is patiently showing a group of students through the entwined corridors of the lower basement of the Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterRechts 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 Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterLudwig-Maximilians-Universität München and at Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterUniversity 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 Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterDKFZ (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 Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterWashington 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 Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterFederal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in his spare time: just recently, he helped to pump dry the flooded urban district Fischerdorf in Deggendorf.

Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterTechnische Universität München, Medicine Faculty

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