Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

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"The fly's eye illustrates a new principle of neural circuit design", Simon Laughlin, University Cambrige, UK (CRC 1461)

Sep 23, 2021 from 04:00 PM


A neural circuit's components are costly so for efficiency the performance of components (e.g. their SNRs) are matched to avoid wasteful over-capacity. However, in a system made of components whose costs differ another strategy comes into play - investment is distributed among the components to maximise the system's performance. This principle has been demonstrated in biomechanics, and to demonstrate its wider applicability to brains we ask a simple question. Given that an animal invests a given quantity of space, materials and energy in an eye, how should these resources be divided between the optics that form the image and the photoreceptor array that captures the image? We model fly eyes and by relating investments in optics and photoreceptors to optical and cell biological constraints, show how resource allocation determine the information content of the coded image. We find that flies allocate resources efficiently, the optimum allocation is sensitive to photoreceptor energy costs and efficient allocation explains a fact, so obvious that it is seldom noticed, the photoreceptive waveguides in insect compound eyes are the longest on the planet and can be 40 x longer than their vertebrate equivalent’s cone outer segments. Finally, be plotting the performance surface of eyes over design space we find a large robust zone within which eyes can be specialised for particular tasks without unduly compromising general purpose vision. These findings offer insights that will, I suggest, further our understanding of the function, design and evolution of neural circuits. Special thanks to Francisco Heras, who took the lead in this project by designing, developing and implementing the model.

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KiNSIS Retreat

Sep 28, 2021 to Sep 29, 2021

Nordseeakademie, Leck

Logo KiNSISAll members and invited guests have received more information via email.

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KiNSIS Lunch 'n' Meet + Lab Visits

Oct 01, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM

Mensa I (Main Campus)

MensaThe  KiNSIS Young Academy invites all doctoral researchers within KiNSIS to the next "Lunch 'n' Meet".

After a lunch together in the Mensa I (12:00 - 13:00) everybody is invited to go (or take the bus) to the Physics Campus and get a tour of 4 physics labs (around 90 Min). Due to corona groups of 3 are allowed, so 12 people in total can take part.

  •     Meeting Point: 12:00 Mensa I (Main Campus)
  •     Registration: Please register with the menu entry "Lab-Visits" in the OLAT group of the Young Academy beforehand!

At the last "Lunch 'n' Meet" a group visited the labs of the Anorganic Chemistry - thanks again to Huayna Terraschke!

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Open Lecture Series and Excersises: "Nano Optics - From Classical to Quantum"

Oct 27, 2021 10:00 AM to Feb 22, 2022 12:00 AM

Hybrid, Leibnizstr. 13, LS 13 60, Kiel

SymbolbildChristoph Lienau (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg) and Nahid Talebi (Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel) are organizing an open series of lectures (Wednesdays 10:15h - 11:45h and Fridays 10:15h - 11:45h) and exercises (Tuesdays 10:15h - 11:45h) as a hybrid online / onsite platform from October 27, 2021 to February 22, 2022. Everybod interested is cordially invited!

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Please contact Nahid Talebi to attend: talebi@physik.uni


  • Classical light
  • Classical light matter interaction
  • Semi classical light matter interaction. Two level systems
  • Optical c oherence and fluctuations
  • Density matrix formalism
  • Open quantum systems ( Decoherence
  • Evanescent fields
  • Plasmonics
  • Polaritons in van der Waals materials
  • Strong coupling
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Two dimensional electronic spectroscopy
  • Electron based spectroscopy
  • Mixed light electron spectroscopy
  • Photoemission from nanomaterials
  • Quantum light and quantization of the radiation field
  • Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics
  • Quantum dynamics in nanoscale systems
  • Energy transfer
  • Charge transfer
  • Entanglement in nanoscale s ystems
  • Quantum light sources
  • Quantum information

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Press releases


Collaborative Research


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  • all day: KiNSIS Colloquium: KiNSIS Benchmarking (Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens, Inorganic Solid State Chemistry, CAU)
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  • 16:15: Quantum carpets: A tool to observe decoherence (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schleich, University Ulm)
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  • all day: NanoTech Poland 2021
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  • all day: NanoTech Poland 2021
  • 16:00: Toward an objective assessment of mobility in clinical and daily activity assessments (Arash Atrsaei, EPFL)
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  • all day: NanoTech Poland 2021
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  • 16:15: Femtosecond science on-chip: Capturing light-induced anomalous Hall currents in graphene (Dr. James McIver, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter)
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  • 17:00: Chemie in unterschiedlichen Dimensionen - von Molekülen über supramolekulare Aggregate zu optoelektronischen Bauteilen (Prof. Dr. Arne Lützen, Uni Bonn)
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  • 12:30: KiNSIS Transfer Lunch: Dr. Mindaugas Bulota, Head of National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania „Technology transfer practices and success cases at KTU"
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  • 16:15: The present and future of ESA's science program (Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger, Director of Science, ESA)
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  • 16:00: CRC 1461_006
  • 17:00: Leading beyond Chemistry: Research and Development at Evonik Industries AG (Dr. Felix Müller, Evonik Industries AG)
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  • 16:15: Plasma 2020 – The US National Academies Decadal Assessment of Plasma Physics: Overview and Future Research Opportunities (Prof. Dr. Mark J. Kushner, University of Michigan)
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