2000 - 2010
Group pictures at the beginning of our hiking tour and on top of the Hahnenköpfle (2080m) during our group trip to the Kleinwalsertal.
Time to take a new group picture.
High-power training of our Artur-Fischer prize winner to sustain the harsh high-pressure research environment in our group.
Tag der Mathematik und Physik
Our PhD student Daniel Dregely receives the Artur-Fischer Prize (1250 EUR) for the best diploma 2009/2010, and our Junior Professor Markus Lippitz receives the best teaching award twice for his lectures Solid State Spectroscopy (SS 2009) and Solid State Physics (WS 2009/2010).
Our glorious beach volleyball team at the SCoPE tournament 2010.
Our recent Ph.D. Na Liu receives the Preis der Freunde der Universität Stuttgart award (5000 EUR) for the best PhD in 2009.
Day of Science
Tag der Wissenschaft (Day of Science) - welcome at the 4th Physics Institute!
Mens sana in corpore sano - training for the SCoPE volleyball tournament.
Congratulations to our guest professor Paul Braun! He was granted a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel award (45000 EUR) of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.
Our new Nano Letters article Planar metamaterial analog of electromagnetically induced transparency for plasmonic sensing appeared on the cover page of volume 10, issue 4.
The "Stuttgarter Zeitung" published an article about the work of Dr. Na Liu at the 4th Physics Institute: Stuttgarter Zeitung - Reifung im Reinraum
A radio broadcast on SWR2 titled "Der Traum vom Tarnen" discusses the scientific progress in cloaking of objects.
Our recent Ph.D. Na Liu receives the Hertha-Sponer Prize of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
Best Lecture Award
The lecture "Experimentalphysik" by Harald Giessen, supported by experiments of Ulrich Schneider, was elected by the students as best lecture of this semester's Bachelor curriculum in "Umwelttechnik".
New Guest Professor
Prof. Paul V. Braun, Beckman Institute, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinous at Urbana-Champaign, USA, will be our guest for the next few months as Uni Stuttgart / MPI FKF common guest professr. He will work with us on chemical methods in the field of metamaterials and photonic crystals.
Our former PhD student Stefan Linden has been selected as the Gaede Prize Winner 2010 of the German Vacuum Society for his extensive and pioneering work on optical metamaterials. The prize money, which is 10.000 EUR, will be awarded at the DPG meeting in Regensburg in March 2010. He is going to join the University of Bonn (Department of Physics) as professor in February 2010. Congratulations!
SCoPE Opening Ceremony
Opening ceremony of SCoPE, the Stuttgart Research Center of Photonic Engineering
Congratulations to Dr. Na Liu, who was awarded the Hertha-Sponer Prize 2009 of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (3000 EUR) for the best female young physicist in Germany.
Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Thomas Weiss, who has won the "Best Poster Award" at the TACONA conference in Bad Honnef, 28.-30.10.2009. At this international workshop on theoretical and computational nano-photonics, he presented "Calculation of complex shapes in the Fourier modal method through the concept of coordinate transformations".
Some impressions from our group trip to the southern Pfalz (Rinnthal).
New Nature Materials Article
Our new Nature Materials article "Plasmonic analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency at the Drude damping limit" by N. Liu, L. Langguth, T. Weiss, J. Kästel, M. Fleischhauer, T. Pfau, and H. Giessen has now been published online. The article was highlighted on the cover of the September issue.
- News and Views by S. A. Maier in Nature Materials 8, 699 (2009)
- Press release of the university (German)
- Research Highlights in Nature Physics 5, 8, 532 (2009)
- Article from the Stuttgarter Zeitung
- Title story of Optics and Photonics News Oct 2009.
Congratulations to Na Liu for obtaining the title Dr. rer. nat.
Some of our recent graduates.
Our glorious Beach Volleyball team. We ended up on 5th place in the SCOPE tournament after an undeserved 19-18 defeat against the ITO team.
Congratulations to Junior-Professor Dr. Markus Lippitz, who received the Prize of the Fachschaft for the best lecture in SS 2009 (Solid State Spectroscopy). Congratulations to our diploma students Thomas Baluktsian and Michael Gwinner who received the Artur-Fischer-Prizes (1250 EUR) for the best diplomas.
Our diploma student Michael Gwinner was awarded the "Preis der Freunde der Universität" (1000 EUR) for the best diploma 2008.
Our new group picture.
Our former PhD student and postdoc Thomas Zentgraf, who is currently as Alexander-von-Humboldt scholar at the University of California in Berkeley, achieved optical cloaking. His paper was published in Nature Materials. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Felix Hoos for obtaining the title Dr. rer. nat.
To fight their home sickness, our Bavarian colleagues organized a "Weißwurstfrühstück" in the seminar room.
Na Liu and Harald Giessen are one of 13 finalists in the Materials Today cover competition. The submitted picture, taken by Ulrike Eigenthaler and Michael Hirscher at the MPI-MF, will appear on the cover page in March 2009.
Harald Giessen and Na Liu talk with ScienceWatch.com and answer a few questions about this month's New Hot Paper in the field of Materials Science.
New Nature Photonics Article
Our new Nature Photonics article "Stereometamaterials" by Na Liu, Hui Liu, Shining Zhu and Harald Giessen has now been published online.
Our intern Sven Hein and his artwork made it on the cover of SMALL 3/2009. The related article was written by Michael Gwinner et al. on the fabrication of nanoscale split rings using shadow nanosphere lithography.
Our intern Sven Hein has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. He will join the group of Nader Engheta to work on Nanoantennas and Metamaterials in Summer of 2009. The Fulbright scholarship is besides the Rhodes scholarship one of the most prestigious scholarships.
Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Richard Taubert. He got the VEUK prize for the best diploma.
Group pictures at the beginning of the Widderstein tour and on top of the Widderstein (2533m) during our group trip to the Kleinwalsertal.
Congratulations to Hongcang Guo for obtaining the title Doktor rer. nat.!
Visit Prof. Stockman
Prof. Mark Stockman (Georgia State University) is our guest professor from 1 September to 30 November 2008. He is also supported by the group of Prof. Klaus Kern at the MPI FKF. He will work with us on ultrafast nanophotonics and give a series of lectures on that topic.
Our former PhD student and Postdoc Thomas Zentgraf, now as Our former PhD student and Postdoc Thomas Zentgraf, now as with his new article in NATURE on negative refractive index in a 10-layer metallic metamaterial in the near infrared. His group also published a paper on negative refraction in the visible in a 2D metallic nanowire array in SCIENCE. Der SPIEGEL reported on their discovery.
Public lecture about cloaking at the Mercedes Museum. Prof. Harald Giessen performs the equivalent of an optical cloaking experiment in an aquarium (water with sugar solution) with a green laser beam. This experiment has long been known in introductory physics and optics classes and demonstrates Fermat's principle. Light travels always the fastest path. The sugar solution has a higher refractive index and sinks to the bottom of the aquarium, whereas the less dense water is above. The green laser beam at 532 nm is refracted accordingly, being in principle able to travel around an object.
Our PhD student Tobias Utikal has been awarded the Heinrich-Düker-Prize 2008 for his lecture Atome im Blitzlichtgewitter: Erzeugung und Anwendung von ultrakurzen Laserpulsen. The award is 1500 EUR and is given for an exemplary lecture to highschool students which bridges basic research and public understanding of science.
Our Diploma student Michael Gwinner has been awarded a Bill Gates Scholarship for PhD studies at Cambridge University. He will join Trinity College andwork in the Optoelectronics Group of Sir Richard Friend and Henning Sirringhaus on organic light-emitting transistors and laser devices.
Congratulations to Harald Giessen who has been elected to Fellow of the Optical Society of America for significant contributions to ultrafast spectroscopy and pioneering work on metallic photonic crystals and metamaterials.
Na Liu of 4. Physikalisches Institut of the Universität Stuttgart has been granted the CHINESE GOVERNMENT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SELF-FINANCED STUDENTS ABROAD by ambassador Ma in Berlin for her work on three-dimensional metamaterials. With this award and 3500 EUR the best Chinese student studying abroad is honored. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Diana Türke for obtaining the title Doktor rer. nat.!
Congratulations to Gabi Feuerle for obtaining the title Doktor rer. sekt.!
Time to take a new group photo in front of the University Lake.
Harald's first PhD student Dr. Martin Vollmer (Ph.D. Marburg, 1999, now at Bosch in China) visited our labs.
Congratulations to Tilman Höner zu Siederdissen for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has published an article about our publication in Nature Materials.
The Stuttgarter Zeitung has published an article about our publication in Nature Materials.
Breathing Protection Drill
Cornelius, Georg and Tobias at the breathing protection drill.
Congratulations to Sebastian Pricking! He was granted a "Kurzstipendium für Doktoranden" by the DAAD.
Group trip to Rinnthal, Pfalz. Hiking, taking the summit of the Hohenberg and La Ligne Maginot.
Congratulations to Sebastian Pricking! He was granted a Landesgraduiertenstipendium.
Congratulations to Harald Giessen! He received the teaching award of the Fachschaft Physik for the best course lecture (Molecular Physics, WS 2006/2007).
Tobias Utikal at the graduation ceremony in Bonn.
Laser World of Photonics
Laser 2007. World of Photonics in Munich.
Congratulations to Thomas Zentgraf! He was awarded a Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation to attend the University of California at Berkeley for one year.
Sunny weather - time to take a group photo.
DPG Spring Meeting
DPG spring meeting 2007 in Regensburg.
Another impression from the new labs.
Some impressions after the reconstruction of the institute.
Some more impressions of the reconstruction of the institute.
Delivery of the optical tables.
Inauguration of the New Kitchen
Inauguration of the new kitchen by baking Plätzchen.
Congratulations to Thomas Zentgraf for receiving an Eliteföderstipendium der Landesstiftung (elite scholarschip).
Congratulations to Rui Zhang for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
Congratulations to Dominic Meiser for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
Long Night of Science
The University's Long Night of Science featured a laser presentation by our group and a Laser Bridge between the University and the Max-Planck-Institute.
Congratulations to Jörn Teipel for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
Congratulations to Thomas Zentgraf for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
Congratulations to Dietmar Nau for obtaining the title Doktor rerum naturalium!
Congratulations to Thomas Zentgraf for receiving the Heinrich-Düker-Award 2005/06. He was awarded the prize for his lecture Licht geht neue Wege - Das Brechungsgesetz 400 Jahre nach Snellius. The (German) text on the certificate reads: Die Heidehof Stiftung GmbH verleiht Herrn Dipl.-Phys. Thomas Zentgraf den Dr.-Heinrich-Düker-Preis 2006. Herr Zentgraf hat es in hervorragender Weise verstanden, im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe des Kepler-Seminars für Naturwissenschaften interessierten Schülerinnen und Schülern der Sekundarstufe II seine Forschungstätigkeit darzustellen. Mit dem Vortrag Licht geht neue Wege - das Brechungsgesetz 400 Jahre nach Snellius ist es ihm gelungen, einen Bogen zu schlagen von der quantitativen Beschreibung des Brechungsgesetzes durch Snellius bis hin zu modernsten und überraschenden Forschungsergebnissen auf dem Gebiet optischer Materialeigenschaften.
Fresh pictures showing the state of the new ultrafast lab.
Congratulations to Dr. Todd Meyrath for the award of an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellowship.
Move to Stuttgart
Move of our lab equipment from Bonn to Stuttgart.
The pssb article Evidence of different confinement regimes in site-controlled pyramidal InGaN structures by V. Pérez-Solórzano, A. Gröning, H. Schweizer, and M. Jetter was reported to be one of the most frequently accessed articles. A list of the most frequently downloaded papers is regularly published in the print issue of Physica Status Solidi (b).
White light lasers at Hannover Fair 2005: Jörn Teipel and Felix Hoos at the booth of the Wissenschaftsregion Bonn in exhibition hall 2.
Diana Türke received the award for the best talk of a young researcher at the MPLP (Modern Problems of Laser Physics) 2004 conference in Novosibirsk for her contribution: "Amplitude and Phase Coherence Properties of Supercontinua Generated in Tapered Fibers".
Excursion to the Optatec 2004 fair in Frankfurt.
Short Group Trip
Prof. Dr. Harald Giessen was awarded the Innovationspreis Lasertechnik 2004 for the development of a whitelight laser based on an innovative optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and amplifier.
These pictures of the aurora borealis were taken near Bonn, Germany.
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