3.2 Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons
Project coordinator(s): C. von Korff Schmising, M. Wörner

T5: Joint HU-MBI Group on Theoretical Optics


Photonics is the science and technology of the harnessing of light. It lies at the confluence of various disciplines: optics, material science, electrical engineering, nanotechnology, physics, and chemistry.

Within this context, our research focusses on the theory of light propagation and light-matter interaction in complex optical and photonic systems. This includes the development of advanced computational and analytical approaches and their application to specific systems. Our mission is to:

  • Discover and investigate novel physical effects
  • Develop concepts and designs for advanced photonic materials and functional elements
  • Provide interpretative as well as predictive support for experiments


Theoretical Optics & Photonics, Prof. Kurt Busch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin