Single Molecule Spectroscopy

DPG - Physics School

Su, 18.09.2011 18:00  –   Fr, 23.09.2011 14:00
J. Köhler and M. Weiss, both University Bayreuth
Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
Hauptstr. 5, 53604 Bad Honnef, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation
Contact person:
Victor Gomer,


DPG Physics School
Single Molecule Spectroscopy

supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus - Foundation 18 - 23 September, 2011, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany
Jürgen Köhler and Matthias Weiss (both University Bayreuth)

About 150 years after Ernst Mach’s famous statement “Atoms and molecules…, did you ever see one?”, imaging of single molecules and determining their physico-chemical properties has become a state-of-the-art approach in many laboratories. A variety of techniques that have been developed over the last 20 years allow one to accurately measure positions and conformations of single molecules as well as the associated forces. Single-molecule approaches have been applied not only in solid-state physics and chemistry, but also in the context of biological specimen. This DPG School is intended to give insights to young researchers into the field of single molecule detection and single molecule spectroscopy. The lectures will range from basic concepts to current research topics, and they will be presented by renowned experts in the field.

Invited speakers:

Thomas Basché (Mainz)
Carlos Bustamante (Berkeley)
Hermann E. Gaub (Munich)
Enrico Gratton (Irvine)
Jürgen Köhler (Bayreuth)
Antoine van Oijen (Groningen)
Michel Orrit (Leiden)
Michael Prummer (Basel)
Thomas Schmidt (Leiden)
Vahid Sandoghdar (Zurich)
C. Schultz (Heidelberg)
Paul R. Selvin (Urbana-Champaign)
Matthias Weiss (Bayreuth)
Jörg Wrachtrup (Stuttgart)


Bio-compatible dyes & reporter molecules
Single-particle tracking
Low-temperature single molecule spectroscopy
Super resolution optical microscopy
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
Single-molecule force spectroscopy
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS)
Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)