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The International Max Planck Research School on Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS) is an initiative of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB), the Ludwig Maximilian´s University of Munich (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and in association with Vienna University of Technology (VUT). The members of IMPRS-APS pursue forefront research on advancing the light sources and to employ them for gaining deeper insight into the microscopic structure and dynamics of matter. IMPRS-APS offers young researchers a unique combination of education and training opportunities in the physics and technology of photon sources and their advanced application in physics, chemistry and biology.

For specific subjects please see the research topics of the individual groups:


Prof. Dr. Azzeer

Prof. Dr. Azzeer*
Development of brilliant, next-generation kHz and MHz laser light sources and attosecond metrology (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Barth

Prof. Dr. Barth
Surface and Interface Physics (Experiment)


Dr. Baum

Dr. Baum
Ultrafast electron microscopy and diffraction (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Burgdörfer

Prof. Dr. Burgdörfer
Atomic theory, dynamic surface interactions, classical and quantum transport (Theory)


Prof. Dr. Coan

Prof. Dr. Coan
Development of X-ray phase contrast imaging techniques for medical diagnostics: optimization of the method and implementation with new X-ray sources (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Cox

Prof. Dr. Cox
Computational Systems Biochemistry (Theory)


Prof. Dr. de Vivie-Riedle

Prof. Dr. de Vivie-Riedle
Theoretical Femtochemistry (Theory)


Prof. Dr. Domcke

Prof. Dr. Domcke
Ab initio quantum chemistry, theory of femtochemistry, theory of femtosecond nonlinear spectroscopy of molecules (Theory)


Dr. Fattahi

Dr. Fattahi
Field-Resolved Raman Micro-Spectroscopy (Experiment)


Dr. Goulielmakis

Dr. Goulielmakis
Attosecond control of matter with synthesized light fields (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Hänsch

Prof. Dr. Hänsch
Laser spectroscopy with extreme precision, laser frequency comb synthesizer (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Hauer

Prof. Dr. Hauer
Dynamic Spectroscopies (Experiment)


Dr. Karpowicz

Dr. Karpowicz
Attosecond Optoelectronics (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Karsch

Prof. Dr. Karsch
Generation and application of ultrahigh intensity laser pulses (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Kienberger

Prof. Dr. Kienberger
Attosecond metrology and spectroscopy; ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules and on solids (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Kleineberg

Prof. Dr. Kleineberg
Development of complex X-ray optical elements (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Kling

Prof. Dr. Kling
Imaging of attosecond electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and nanostructures (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Krausz

Prof. Dr. Krausz
Controlled intense laser fields, X-ray pulses, attosecond metrology and spectroscopy (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Mann

Prof. Dr. Mann
Proteomics and Signal Transduction (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Parodi

Prof. Dr. Parodi
Research and teaching in the field of medical physics (Experiment)


Dr. Pronin

Dr. Pronin
High-repetition-rate Femtosecond Sources (Experiment)


Dr. Pupeza

Dr. Pupeza
Field-Resolved Infrared Metrology (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Riedle

Prof. Dr. Riedle
Tunable femtosecond pulses, nonlinear frequency conversion, ultrafast dynamic processes in chemistry (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Ruhl

Prof. Dr. Ruhl
Relativistic laser-plasma interaction, inertial fusion physics (Theory)


Prof. Dr. Schreiber

Prof. Dr. Schreiber
Laser-driven ION Acceleration (Experiment)


Dr. habil. Schultze

Dr. habil. Schultze
Attosecond Solid State Physics (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Scrinzi

Prof. Dr. Scrinzi
Few-electron systems, strong field interactions, numerical simulations (Theory)


Prof. Dr. Udem

Prof. Dr. Udem
Testing Quantum Electrodynamics with high resolution laser spectroscopy of hydrogen and hydrogen like systems (Experiment)


Prof. Dr. Unterrainer

Prof. Dr. Unterrainer
Terahertz nanophotonics, THz optoelectronics, and THz cavity QED (Experiment)


Dr. Yakovlev

Dr. Yakovlev
Ultrafast dynamics in solids and nanostructures (Theory)


Dr. Zigman

Dr. Zigman
Broadband Infrared Spectroscopy to Tackle Disease Detection (Experiment)


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