The homepage photonworld is an initiative of the excellence cluster Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP) and of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). Initiator of the project is Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz, chairholder for experimental physics at the LMU and director at the MPQ.

editorial staff

Thorsten Naeser
project leader and editor

I have been passionate about science journalism since undertaking an internship in the science section of the Münchner Merkur newspaper as a student. Following my geography studies, I worked for ten years as a freelance science journalist and photographer. Since 2008, I have worked in PR for the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilians University, conveying news about laser research to the curious general public. I lead the photonworld editorial team. A Munich native, I love to explore this city on my bike.

Dennis Luck
designer and art director

As designer and art director, I give photonworld its face. Before I came to the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, I worked on many exciting projects for various brands such as Mercedes-Benz at Jung von Matt in Hamburg, and studied communication design in Bielefeld. Classical and modern illustration, design and trendspotting are my true hobbies. In the office I am also known as a barista, master BBQ chef and tennis player. My favorite holiday destination is Australia, where I like to exercise my wanderlust. Quokkas and Photoni (our photonworld mascot) are great buddies of mine!

Leonie Schaumann
translator

Originally from New Zealand, I’m the photonworld team’s English native speaker. I interview English-speaking science greats, and research, write and edit articles for photonworld. Prior to joining the team at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, I worked (among other places) in communications at the New Zealand government ministry for science and technology. I believe that both New Zealand and Germany are world leaders in scientific research, and I’m delighted I’ve been able to work in this fascinating field in both countries. Privately, I’m mother to a little boy, and I love to travel. On weekends, you might find me hiking in the beautiful German Alps.

Karolina Schneider
editor

As editor, I tap away at my keyboard or hit record on my video camera. I am curious, I like to work with people and let them tell me things that previously I had no idea about. In my free time I make music and train to finish my next half marathon a few minutes faster than my last.

Dr. Silke Stähler-Schöpf
head of student laboratory

I head our school student laboratory, PhotonLab, which you can find on photonworld in the Student Zone. I studied physics at TU München and received my doctorate there. After time at home raising my two sons (who are themselves now studying), I began working in museum education. For many years, I led tours of school groups through the Deutsches Museum — mostly for the Museum Education Centre. For the last six years, I’ve been focused on PhotonLab. I appreciate getting to meet all the different people who visit the lab, and I love making complex physics easier for them to understand. In my spare time, my favorite thing to do is walk my dog.

authors

Thorsten Naeser
project leader and editor

I have been passionate about science journalism since undertaking an internship in the science section of the Münchner Merkur newspaper as a student. Following my geography studies, I worked for ten years as a freelance science journalist and photographer. Since 2008, I have worked in PR for the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilians University, conveying news about laser research to the curious general public. I lead the photonworld editorial team. A Munich native, I love to explore this city on my bike.

Dr. Nils Haag
physicist

As an astroparticle physicist, I advise our authors and even write the occasional article or two myself. I also work as a research consultant to ensure our research operations at the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics run smoothly, and can therefore keep you up to date with the latest exciting news on our laser research. When I'm not explaining the workings of the world to Photoni, I’m either sitting at my drum kit or on my bike.

Athanassios Kaliudis
Editor-in-chief of the Trumpf company magazine „Laser Community“

As a tech-savvy person, I am fascinated by the possibilities of the smart new world. Smart phones, smart homes, smart factories, smart everything: this interconnectivity has revolutionized all areas of our lives. And light technology is the hidden champion of this revolution. Writing is my passion – a passion that I have turned into a career. So what could be better than to write about new technologies? As a technology journalist, I worked for five years at the mobile technology magazine connect. Today, I am responsible for press relations in the corporate communications team at the leading laser technology firm TRUMPF. For our company magazine Laser Community I am constantly on the lookout for exciting new applications of light.

Franziska Konitzer

Originally I’ve studied physics with a focus on astrophysics at the University of York but then ended up with science journalism through an education and training station. Meanwhile I act as free journalist in Munich and currently also study sculpting at the Academy of Arts in Munich.

Dr. Mihaela Zigman
author (biology and life sciences)

Physicists helped to conceive the discipline of modern molecular genetics several decades ago and, ever since, technological advances in laser physics have extended the frontiers of basic and applied biomedical sciences to new levels of understanding.

Ideas come from very different places. With a perspective that true scientific advance largely builds on crossdisciplinary approaches I would like to directly contribute to building bridges between laser physics and molecular life sciences. I promote scientific discourse between different disciplines and help tackling questions of basic science as well as real-life problems from different scientific viewpoints.

scientific advisory

Prof. Jörg Schreiber
physicist

After his studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena Jörg Schreiber deepened his interest in physics by using intensive laser pulses at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics Garching and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. Following his dissertation about ion acceleration in 2006 he played an important role in this field at the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP). An international scholarship of the DAAD enabled him to reside for two years at the Imperial College in London. There, he devoted himself to a bright spectrum of new application possibilities of relativistic plasma. In 2010 he returned to the MPQ. Since 2011 Jörg Schreiber is associated professor at the chair of Medical Physics at the LMU and since 2015 founding member of the Centre for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA). His scientific work of the past 15 years is documented in more than 100 publications.

students

Sandra Blume
intern at PhotonLab
Fabian Brütting
intern at PhotonLab
Johannes Hamp
intern at PhotonLab
Simon Lukas
intern at PhotonLab
Jann-Lukas Meier
intern at PhotonLab
Luca Werner
intern at PhotonLab