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.

Jul 05

Visit of KIT student chapter OSKar at MPL

Yesterday members of the student chapter “OSKar” from the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) were visiting us at the MPL.  It was great to exchange ideas and experiences.



Jun 13

Annual visit of the “Bergkirchweih”

Yesterday our chapter took its annual trip to the popular “Bergkirchweih” in Erlangen. While enjoying the world famous Franconian Beer and the sunny weather our members exchanged their thoughts about many scientific and non-scientific matters.

Jun 05

Opening the BBQ season

Last week we invited the students and researchers at the Max Planck Institute to open the BBQ season with us. Many joined us and we used the informal atmosphere to present our chapter and its activities to the students that just started at the MPL.

May 08

Blaue Nacht 2017- a huge sucess!

On past saturday our student chapter, supported by the European Physical Society and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL),  was hosting a booth at Nuremberg’s famous “Blaue Nacht”. We presented a number of tutorial experiments to the visitors, covering physical effects such as diffraction, total internal reflection, coupled oscillations, holography and accoustics. Moreover, researchers from MPL gave short presentations on optical forces, high resolution microscopy, accoustics and quantum optics. The large number of excited visitors dropping by all evening long made the event a big sucess for our chapter.

Find more pictures of the event in our gallery.

May 02

Blaue Nacht 2017

During the famous “Blaue Nacht” in Nuremberg the city lights are colored in blue and representatives from science, art und culture present their work to the broad public. After the great sucess of 2016 our chapter and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of light were again asked to participate in demonstrating a number of tutorial experiments to the visitors of the “Blaue Nacht” . Additionally, researchers from the MPL will give presentations about ongoing research in the field of optics and photonics.


Event date: 6th of May 2017

Event location: Downtown Nuremberg

Link – Die Blaue Nacht


Apr 20

4th MPL Games Night

On Wednesday, the 5th of April, the hbarOMEGA Student Chapter and the EPS Young Minds Section Erlangen organized the fourth MPL Games Night, by now an annual tradition at our institute. For the first time it took place in the Light Lounge of our new building which turned out to be the perfect location for this event. We were happy to welcome a lot of students from the whole institute to play console and board games (especially the Khet Laser board game) or chat while enjoying free snacks and beverages. We thank everyone for coming and make this a very nice and fun evening.

We also took some pictures which can be found here.

Apr 04

Annual Games Night

The hbar OMEGA student chapter, will be hosting the annual Games Night on Wednesday, the 5th April 2017 from 18:00. We would Like to invite all staff and student members of MPL and FAU to join us on this joyous event. Participants are more them welcome to bring their own board, computer or any other kind of games and enjoy the atmosphere and the snacks and beverages provided by the chapter.

We hope to see many of you there.


Feb 01

Lecture series “Physicists at work”

The event from the lecture series “Physicists at work”, co-organised by FAU`s physics department and our chapter, took place on the 26th of January at the university building. It welcomed around 40 students from the Max Planck Institute and FAU. The speakers, Dr. Christian Gabriel and Dr. Michael Förtsch, enjoyed a lively discussion with many questions from the audience continuing on the reception afterwards. Additionally our board took the opportunity to give a short tour of the new MPL building.

Some impressions of the lecture can be viewed in the gallery.


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