Falk Eilenberger (Schlema, 1981) is a scientist, specialized in experimental optics and quantum photonics. He studied physics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena and the University of Sydney. He received his PhD for works on nonlinear space-time dynamics of light on the femtosecond scale in 2014. After graduation he joined the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF as a coordinator for collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects on Human-Machine-Interaction, 3D-Sensing, Materials Science, and Quantum Technologies.
Inspired by the promises of Quantum Technologies and novel results on previously unknown classes of optoelectronic materials he started a junior research group on Photonics in 2D-Materials in 2018. There he and his team are studying the interaction of quanta of light with quanta of matter on the scale of single atoms, the smallest quantum environment accessible to mankind.
Being heavily involved in outreach activities throughout his academic career, he is particularly intrigued by the exotic and fascinating nature of quantum physics. As opposed to common view, he believes that quantum physics can be well understood by anyone, who is willing to challenge long-held truths with careful observation. As such, he is fascinated by artistical approaches to quantum physics, as they playful challenge the senses and help our minds open to yet unseen aspects of our world.