Apr 20

Scientific Computing: 3D rendering with Blender

The ability to present information in a clear and appealing manner is a key requirement not only in academic research, but also in many other working fields. Naturally, this ability is not only determined by the rhetoric of a speaker, but also by the quality of his visual presentation. Here 3D rendering can be valuable tool to get the best out of one’s own presentation. Unfortunately, many rendering softwares are either very expensive or are difficult to use. In collaboration with the Marquardt Division at the MPL we organized a seminar on 3D rendering using the freeware program Blender. In a full-day seminar Blender instructor Gottfried Hofmann taught more than 20 participants the basics of the program, how to model simple objects and outlined how to model more challenging sketches including e.g. laser beams.

Mar 22

Visit of OSA Ambassador Dr. Howard Lee

Yesterday OSA ambassador Dr. Howard Lee was visiting our chapter. Our board took the opportunity and presented him our recent and upcoming activities in a short presentation. The presentation was followed by a discussion during which we discussed possible future chapter activities. Besides chapter-related issues a particular interest of our “senior” board members was how to stay actively involved in The Optical Society in the early years after graduating. Here Howard shared his experience and described the manifold volunteer work opportunities OSA provides for young professionals.

Mar 14

5th MPL Games Night

Yesterday our chapter launched the fifth round of the MPL Games Night. Around 25 students got together and played various console, board and card games. Since many new students of the MPL dropped by the event was a good opportunity for us to promote our chapter and its activities. We thank all the attendees and are looking forward to the sixth round of the event.

Jan 11

Visit of students at MPL

Yesterday a group of students of the nearby University of Erlangen-Nuremberg were visiting the MPL. The visit was organized jointly by the student council of the university, the PR-department of the MPL and our chapter. After the students got an introduction about the MPL and its research foci, we presented our chapter, its activities and the benefits it provides in a short presentation. The visit was complemented by lab tours during which each of the experimental divisions were presenting a research topic to the students.

Dec 20

Medieval christmas market visit

The anual visit of the medieval christmas market in Erlangen can be called a tradition of our chapter. On last friday we were cultivating this tradition together with students of the International Max Planck Research School Physics of Light. Around 10 students were gathering at freezing cold and enjoyed a hot “Feuerzangenbowle” together.

Dec 08

Quiz night

Yesterday the PR department of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and our student chapter were hosting a quiz night at the institute. Around 30 students, post-docs and non-scientific staff members were competing in mixed teams, answering questions about science and common knowledge.

The event was not only a great oppurtunity for us to connect with new students that recently joined MPL, but also a sucess in promoting the interdivisional exchange in our institute. Moreover, the jointly organized event strengthened the traditionally fruitful connection between our chapter and the adminstration of the MPL.

Nov 08

Open Readings 2018

2018s Open Readings conference is about to happen from March 22nd to March 23th at the National Center for Physical Sciences and Technology in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is the 2nd of February. The conference covers all aspects of physics and natural science and is intended to provide young researchers a platform to present their results and to network. The participation is free of charge.

Find all the information on http://www.openreadings.eu/.

Oct 27

Field Trip Jena 2017

Early in the morning at 7 o’clock we entered the bus to Jena and started our annual field trip. As usual, we teamed up with the Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) in Erlangen such that both members of our chapter and the SAOT were participating. This year’s goal was the city of Jena where we our first stop was at the company Jenoptik. There, we got an overview talk of the company followed by a factory tour. Afterwards, the trip continued to the Fraunhofer IOF. After an introduction to the Fraunhofer society in general as well as to this particular Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineerin we were given a lab tour. Finally, we took a group picture at the famous Abbe monument and had a good dinner at the restaurant Ratszeise before heading back to Erlangen. All in all, it was a very interesting trip for us. We gratefully thank Jenoptik and Fraunhofer IOF for the interesting insights in their facilities. Some pictures can be found here.

Oct 24

Board election 2017/2018

Last week we hold our annual board election. We thank the old board members for their service and wish the new board all the best for the upcoming year. This is the new board structure:


Richard Zeltner


Manoj Mridha


Golnoush Shafiee


Alexander Otterpohl


Kevin Günthner


Isabel Schuldes

Assistant Officer

Stefan Richter

Assistant Officer

Riccardo Pennetta

Assistant Officer


Oct 22

Laser telephone at the Long Night of Science

On the past weekend the Max Planck Institute took part in the biannual Long Night of Science. Research institutes and companies in Erlangen, Fürth and Nuremberg opened their doors to the broad public, demonstrated tutorial experiments and explained why both fundamental research and technological development is so important.
Many of our members were involved in this event and we took the oppurtunity to set up the “laser telephone”. During this experiment accoustic information at the transmitter is transformed into optical information via a microphone that modulates a laser diode. At the receiver the process is inverted by a photodiode. The experiments vividly explains how communication based on optical networks can work and attracted a large number of interested visitors over the whole course of the evening. A full description of the experiment is coming soon.

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