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PhotonLab - the laser laboratory for school students

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PhotonLab - Das Schülerlabor zur Photonik in Garching-Forschungszentrum
Vortrag, Laborbesichtigung und selbständiges Experimentieren
ab 9. Jgst., Klassen mit mehr als 20 Schülern werden geteilt
Dauer: 3-4 Stunden, kostenfrei

The laser laboratory for school students, PhotonLab, is a cooperation between the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics, the Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ). This experiment lab is especially designed for high school students in the 9th grade and above, and is located within the MPQ at the Garching Research Campus. The lab has space for about 20 students to experiment; larger groups of up to 30 students will be divided into two, splitting their time between the lab and exploring the research campus with our Campus Quiz.

We offer:

  • optics and photonics experiments
  • demonstration of experiments with a femtosecond laser (on request)
  • support in experiments for senior school scientific seminars (W-Seminare)
  • internships, e.g. week-long work experience (from 15 years of age)
  • support in entering experiments into competitions (e.g. International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT))
  • participation in Girl’s Day
  • teacher training
  • laboratory tours
  • school class visits (introductory lecture, experiments and lab tour)


Some of the experiments that we offer:

  • measure the thickness of a strand of your hair
  • discover the sugar concentration of cola using refraction
  • determine sugar concentration using a polarimeter
  • measure a laser wavelength using an interferometer
  • use a 3D scanner
  • transmit music using light
  • discover how 3D film works
  • use optical tweezers


For the preparation of your visit we offer some material (in German), kindly provided by Veronika Bösl: 

Unterrichtsvorbereitung Besuch Photonlab


For questions and enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Silke Stähler-Schöpf

Tel: +49 (0)89 32905-197


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