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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.




Publication on medicalphysicsweb

Currently featuring on medicalphysicsweb is a publication from Prof. Paola Coan’s group on the improvement in reducing the delivered dose and the acquisition time in X-ray refraction-based computer tomography. The publication is also a featured article in the journal ‘Physics in Medicine and Biology’.




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

Dr. Mihaela Zigman

Molecular biologist Dr. Mihaela Zigman’s career trajectory has brought her to Munich as a member of the MAP Excellence Cluster. Here, she will supervise the biomedical side of a new interdisciplinary project in Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz’s Department. The project aims to employ high-intensity femtosecond pulses of infrared laser light to detect specific molecules present in vanishingly small amounts in human cells, blood samples or respired air.

We interviewed her to learn about her research and the work she is doing in the MAP Excellence Cluster.

Please find the full interview here