Symposium for the Science of Light
From July 23 – 26, 2018 the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light is celebrating three important anniversaries in Erlangen optics:
- 150 years of optics research in Erlangen,
- the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Max Planck Research Group for Optics, Information and Photonics (the precursor of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, MPL), and
- 1.5 years of the inauguration of the new MPL building.
1.5 years ago the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) moved from its former home in Günther-Scharowsky Strasse to the new MPL building in Staudtstrasse, 15 years since the Max Planck Research Group for Optics, Information and Photonics was formed in the summer of 2003, and 150 years since, in 1868, the government of the Kingdom of Bavaria appointed Bavaria-born Eugen Lommel to a chair in physics at Erlangen’s Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU), in the process overruling the wishes of the university board. Starting from a base in mathematics, his scientific interests evolved more and more towards optics. One of the topics he contributed to most is the focusing of light.
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