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News 2018

Christmas Party 2018


Last Wednesday we had our Christmas party with nice talks, funny games, tasty food and a lot more. Thank you to all the organizers!

Quick Science


Prof. Giessen is demonstrating the Meissner effect during the coffee break. The experiment was prepared originally for our lecture "Fortgeschrittene Molekül- und Festkörperphysik".

Preparing for the Christmas Party


Members of the PI4 are baking christmas cookies at our coffee corner for the upcoming chrismas party of the PI4.

Highly Cited Researcher 2018


Our group has been listed as „Highly Cited" (Top 1%) by Clarivate Analytics:

This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science."

The whole list is available at

20 of our papers were indicated as „highly cited“ (top 1%), two of them were even listed as „hot papers“ (top 0.1%):

Open Positions at PI4: Hiwi & Bachelor/Master Theses


The PI4 offers several open positions at the moment. These include bachelor and master theses as well as hiwi jobs. Further informations are also available at Open Positions. Feel free to apply directly or write us if there are any questions.

A few selected examples are:
Laser Spectroscopy of Rydberg Excitons in the Semiconductor Cu2O (Hiwi / Bachelor / Master thesis)
Plasmonic-based Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detector (Master thesis)
Aktive schaltbare Nanophotonik und Plasmonik / Active switchable nanophotonics and plasmonics (Hiwi / Bachelor / Master thesis)

PhD student of our institute finishes Ironman 2018 in Hawaii with a great result


Our PhD student Joachim Krauth participated this weekend at the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. He finished 11th in his age group and 139th out of 2.306 overall with a fantastic time of 9:05:27. In the running he even scored 3rd in his group! Joachim, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! We are so proud of you!
You can watch him finish in the video on facebook at minute 20:23.

IQST Photo Competition 3rd Place


Our postdoc Dr. Dominik Floess won a prize at the IQST Photo Contest with our student Elinor Kath at the microscope.

Group Trip 2018


This year our group went to the castle Wernfels near the city of Spalt for the group trip. Aside from many intresting talks we had a nice hike along the Ludwig-Donau-Main canal and visited the city of Nürnberg.

Campus Run 2018


Our institute members Joachim Krauth and Mario Hentschel finished 1st and 3rd at the 12 km University Campus Run at T > 30°C.

SCoPE Volleyball Tournament


We participated in the SCoPE beach volleyball tournament with 3 teams ("Sometimes Dangerous", "Mostly Harmless", "Nanoskills")

New Cover Art


Top Downloads from February 2018 of Optical Materials Express


Our paper by S. Kedenburg and the paper of H. Linnenbank
are among the top 10 downloaded papers of Optical Materials Express in February 2018.

Top Downloads of Optical Materials Express in February 2018

Olympic medal winners at Seoul airport


On his way to Sydney, Harald met the gold medal winners of the Nordic Combination in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the lounge at Seoul airport right before their trip back to Germany. From left to right: Johannes Rydzek (2x Gold), Fabian Rießle (Gold, Silver), Vinzenz Geiger (Gold). Congratulations to our Golden Boys!

New PhD


Congratulations to Gelon Albrecht for obtaining the title Dr. rer. nat.!

Research highlights in Nature Photonics and Nature Physics


Our work by T. Steinle concerning optical method for generating random sequences is highlighted by Nature Physics as well as Nature Photonics.
Nature Physics: A quantum coin toss by David Abergel
Nature Photonics: Optical Coin Toss by David Pile