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Research Group "Biomedizinische Physik, Med. Univ. Innsbruck"
(O.Univ.Prof. Dr. Monika Ritsch-Marte)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Ritsch-Marte
First name(s):Monika
Title (leading):O.Univ.Prof. Dr.
Institution:Medical University of Innsbruck
Organizational unit:Sektion für Biomedizinische Physik
Street address:Müllerstraße 44
Postal code:6020
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Medical, Environmental and Bio-Physics
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Biophysics (106006)
  • Optics (103021)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:01.09.2015
Data acquisition period:from: 2011   up to including: 2015
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
8 Persons
Prof. Stefan Bernet
Dr. Gregor Thalhammer
Dr. Alexander Jesacher
Mag. Walter Harm
Mag. Matthias Sonnleitner
Mag. Ruth Steiger
Mag. Clemens Roider
MSc. Martin Bawart
Percentage project-funded:60
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:36
Number of publications:37
Five most important publications:
  1. A. Jesacher, C. Roider, S. Khan, G. Thalhammer, S. Bernet, and M.Ritsch-Marte: Contrast enhancement in widefield CARS microscopy by tailored phase matching using a spatial light modulator, Opt. Lett. 36, 2245-2247 (2011)
  2. G. Thalhammer, R. Steiger, S. Bernet and M. Ritsch-Marte: Optical macro-tweezers: trapping of highly motile micro-organisms, J. Opt. 13, 044024 (2011)
  3. S. Bernet, W. Harm and M. Ritsch-Marte: Demonstration of focus-tunable diffractive Moiré-lenses, Optics Express 21, 6955-6966 (2013)
  4. G. Sitters, D. Kamsma, G. Thalhammer, M. Ritsch-Marte, E. Petermann and G. Wuite: Acoustic force spectroscopy, Nature Methods 12, 47-50 (2015) supplements: doi:10.1038/nmeth.3183
  5. A. Jesacher, M. Ritsch-Marte and R. Piestun: Three-dimensional information from two-dimensional scans: a scanning microscope with post-acquisition refocusing capability, Optica 2, 210-213 (2015)
  • Optical device with a pair of diffractive optical elements, 2008
  • M. Ritsch-Marte: Tiroler Landespreis für Wissenschaft, 2011
  • M. Ritsch-Marte: Grand Prix for the diffractive Moirè patent at a South Korean Investor Fair (KIWIE), 2011
  • G. Thalhammer: Förderpreis des Landes Tirol für Wissenschaft, 2011
  • S. Bernet: PRIZE 2010 of the Austrian Ministry of Science, 2011
  • A. Jesacher: Fritz Kohlrausch Preis, 2012
  • M. Ritsch-Marte: Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 2013
  • M.Ritsch-Marte: Korrespondierendes Mitglied der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2014
  • A. Jesacher: Best contributed paper at the Rank Prize Funds Symposium in Grasmere, UK, 2014
  • A. Jesacher: Young Researcher Award of the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, 2015
Five most important talks:
  1. A. Jesacher: Invited Talk, Photon 12, Durham, UK, 2012
  2. M. Ritsch-Marte: Invited Talk, Frontiers in Optics, Tucson, USA, 2014
  3. M. Ritsch-Marte: Tutorial, Focus on Microscopy, Göttingen, DE, 2015
  4. S. Bernet: Invited Talk, Quantum Physics of Nature, Wien, 2015
  5. M. Ritsch-Marte: Abendvortrag, International Year of Light, Highlights der Physik, Jena, DE, 2015
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Competitive projects:
  • FWF:
    Advanced Wide-field CARS Microscopy
    Laufzeit : 2010-2015; Mittel: 270 kEuro
  • COST Action MP1102:
    Chemical imaging by Coherent Raman microscopy
    Laufzeit: 2011-2015; mehrere Partner
  • COST Action MP1205:
    Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics
    Laufzeit: 2012-2016, mehrere Partner
Project-funded institutes:
  • CDG:
    Doppler-Labor MS-MACH (Leiter: David Stifter)
    Laufzeit : 2009-2016; mehrere Partner
Funded awards:
  • ERC Advanced Grant (P 247024) catchIT
    Laufzeit : 2010-2015; Mittel: 2000 kEuro
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • CARS-Mikroskopie
  • neue Mikroskopieverfahren und optische Mikromanipulation mit SLMS (spatial light modulators)
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • biomedizinische Anwendung dieser innovativen Methoden
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Doctor's theses:
4 doctor's theses
  1. Saranjam Khan: Advanced microscopy using SLMs and optical nonlinearities, Med-Uni Innsbruck, 2011
  2. Matthias Sonnleitner: Optical forces, trapping and strain in elastic dielectric materials, Uni Innsbruck, 2014
  3. Ruth Steiger: Biomedical application of optical tweezers, Uni Innsbruck, 2014
  4. Walter Harm: Novel developments in SLM-Microscopy, Uni Innsbruck, 2015
Diploma and master theses:
4 theses
  1. Marco Meinschad, Aberration correction with SLMs, Uni Innsbruck, 2013
  2. Clemens Roider, SLM Based Wide-Field CARS Microscopy, Uni Innsbruck, 2013
  3. Andreas Niederstätter, Direct measurement of optical forces, Uni Innsbruck, 2014
  4. Lisa Obmascher, Optimierung der 3D Kraftmessung in optischen Pinzetten, Uni Innsbruck, 2015
International networking:
  • G. Thalhammer (outgoing): collaboration, VU Amsterdam, NL (2015)
  • A. Jesacher (outgoing): collab., Colorado Univ. at Boulder (2015)
  • Prof. G. Wuite (incoming): collab., VU Amsterdam, NL (2012)
  • Prof. E. Petermann (incoming): collab., VU Amsterdam, NL (2012)
  • P. Berto (incoming): collab., Institut Fresnel Marseille, FR (2012)
  • Prof. M. Padgett (incoming): collab., Glasgow Univ., UK (2013)
  • R. Bowman (incoming): collab., Glasgow Univ., UK (2013)
  • Prof. R. Piestun (incoming): sabbatical, Colorado Univ. at Boulder, USA (2014)
  • Prof. H. Dunlop-Rubinsztein (incoming): collab., Univ. Queensland, AUS (2015)
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