Chair for Laser Physics

Welcome to the website of the Chair for Laser Physics!

At the moment we work in three main branches of research that combine the topics of laser physics, quantum, electron, and nano optics, strong-field and attosecond physics, plasmonics and solid state research. We investigate the wave and particle properties of electrons in ultrafast processes in and at nano objects; we develop new particle traps to create quantum optical systems in order to build a quantum electron microscope; we use laser pulses at photonic nanostructures to look into novel concepts for particle acceleration.

The main part of our laboratory is centered around light-matter interaction on fastest time scales, namely the femtosecond and attosecond time scale  (1 fs = 1 millionth of a billionth of a second, 1 as = 1 billionth of a billionth of a second). This allows us, to put it a bit more abstractly, to work towards understanding und utilizing photon-electron coupling in various systems. A part of this is based on highly advanced methods to control electrons, often with light fields, which requires building new laser sources and amplifiers.

And another dissertation defense -- Ang Li defended his dissertation with a sophisticated presentation and very good discussion with great success. Congratulations, Dr. Li! And what a delicious celebration in the evening!

Still under Corona rules, Robert Zimmermann defended his dissertation with great success, but at least for the first time in a long time with a proper doctoral party in the evening -- congratulations, Dr. Z!

After 35 years in the Physics Department at FAU, our long-time secretary Ms. Claudia Schlechte has reached what in her case was literally a well-deserved retirement. She said goodbye with a very nice farewell -- dear Mrs. Schlechte, thank you very much for that, thank you for your excellent work and...

Our new Collaborative Research Center QuCoLiMa offers many open PhD positions. Applications are currently welcome, see here.

The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation has generously approved a workshop on quantum electron optics, which we are organizing together with Profs. Ady Arie (Tel Aviv) and Nahid Talebi (Kiel). This workshop will thus become the 770th WE Heraeus seminar to be held in Israel in June 2022. Application ...