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08/29/2022 - 09/02/2022 | Bayreuth

XIV. International Conference on Hole Burning, Single Molecule, and Related Spectroscopies - HBSM22

Researchers in the field of spectroscopy from 15 countries will meet at the University of Bayreuth between 29 August and 2 September. The international conference "Hole Burning, Single Molecule, and related Spectroscopies (HBSM 2022)" takes place every three years, this year it takes place in Bayreuth for the first time.

The conference was originally initiated as a conference on the spectroscopy method of "Persistent Spectral Hole Burning" and developed soon into a meeting of the international singlemolecule spectroscopy community. This is testified by the regular participation of the two pioneers of the field W.E. Moerner (Stanford University, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014) and M. Orrit (University of Leiden, Spinoza Prize 2017), who
have already agreed to attend also the conference in 2022. The conference itself is held every three years and hosts about 70 scientists from all over the world. It focuses mainly on spectroscopy rather than imaging of single quantum objects, and the topics covered include, for example, single ions and defect centres in solids, nano-optics and plasmonics, as well as the energetics and dynamics of biomolecules and quantum dots.

The upcoming conference is the 14th in its series; previous conferences were organized in Switzerland, Japan, France, Taiwan, USA, Australia, Germany, Estonia, and Russia.

Single-molecule spectroscopy can be used to better identify the properties of the smallest components of, for example, semiconductors, particles or proteins. This method therefore enables the elucidation of numerous (bio-)physical relationships. The "super-resolution optical microscopy" developed in recent years is partly based on techniques of single-molecule spectroscopy and has become an important tool in the life sciences. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the developers of super-resolution microscopy.

The University of Bayreuth has been working with this technique since the early days of single molecule spectroscopy. At the beginning of their careers, Bayreuth researchers Prof. Dr. Lothar Kador Prof. Jürgen Köhler, Chair of Soft Matter Spectroscopy and Prof. Dr. Markus Lippitz, Chair of Experimental Physics III for Ultrafast Nanooptics, worked with Moerner and Orrit. In Bayreuth, research in this field is devoted to questions about the inner structure of polymer glasses, the function of photosynthesis proteins and topics in nanooptics.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Köhler is available to the media for an interview in the run-up to the conference.

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08/29/2022 - 09/02/2022

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University of Bayreuth
Universitätsstraße 30
95447 Bayreuth

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Scientists and scholars

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Subject areas:

Chemistry, Physics / astronomy

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Anja-Maria Meister



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