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Photonlab - Engaging young talents
The PhotonLab is a laser laboratory especially designed for high school students, located within the Max Planck Intitute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in the Garching research campus. Since 2011, the PhotonLab - built up by MPQ, LMU, and MCQST - is a focal point for everyone who wants to learn about light.
Over 5000 visitors have already taken the opportunity to learn and experiment here. Offered experiments include: measuring the thickness of a strand of hair, determining the sugar concentration using refraction, or how to transmit music using light. Additionally, the PhotonLab regularly offers teacher's trainings, internships, support in more advanced experiments or guidance in entering experiments in competitions.
The lab is now also at the forefront of the digital world. The team led by Dr. Silke Stähler-Schöpf has received an award from the German Association of School Labs LernortLabor (LeLa) in the Schülerlabor digital competition.
Take a look around the PhotonLab! You'll discover 20 different experiments, which you can do yourself when you visit with your school class. You can measure the thickness of your hair, capture beads of light with optical tweezers, send messages securely using quantum cryptography, and much more. Click through and find your favorite experiment! (The virtual tour is in German.)