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The International Max Planck Research School on Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS) was established as a collaboration of the Ludwig Maximilian´s University of Munich (LMU) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) in partnership with Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) 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)


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


Prof. Dr. Domcke

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


Dr. Goulielmakis

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


Prof. Dr. Grüner

Prof. Dr. Grüner
MAP's path towards table-top free-electron-lasers from first steps to the ultimate goal of medical applications (Experiment / Theory)


Prof. Dr. Hänsch

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


Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff

Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff
Ultrafast Quantum Optics group. New control over electrons with laser light and other means (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. Parodi

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


Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer

Prof. Dr. Pfeiffer
Development of Novel X-Ray Imaging Methods for Biomedical Applications


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. Scrinzi

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


Prof. Dr. Unterrainer

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


Prof. Dr. Veisz

Prof. Dr. Veisz
Relativistic attosecond physics (Experiment)


Dr. Yakovlev

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


Prof. Dr. Wilkens

Prof. Dr. Wilkens
Advanced Technologies in Radiation Therapy