The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) was founded in January 2009 and is thus one of the youngest Max Planck Institutes. Currently it consists of three divisions, several independent research groups and three Technical Development and Service Units (TDSU).

White light sources brighter than conventional light bulbs, manipulation of single photons or the smallest focal spot world wide – these are just a few activities at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. The main goal is to control light in every respect: in space and time, in polarisation - i.e. simply speaking the direction of oscillation – and in its quantum properties.