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.
Congratulations to Dr. Tafel on the excellent defence of his dissertation! The well-deserved refreshment after the successful examination he was able to take off his doctoral cap right away.
Graphene, the 2-dimensional semi-metallic material with negligible screening effects at optical frequencies, can withstand high laser intensities and is therefore ideally suited to extend strong-field physics to a new material class – to 2D materials and to conductors. We recently found that after t...
Congratulations to DR. Timo Paschen, who defended his doctoral thesis with great success - and that in Corona times without an audience. But all four participants allowed in the room never got bored. The doctor's hat was even specially equipped with anti-corona spacers.
Exactly 60 years ago, Theodore Maiman was the first person to generate flashes of laser light. How far we have come in laser-based research since then was compiled by Stewart Wills in a very nice article for the May issue of the free magazine "Optics and Photonics News". Our ACHIP project is feature...
What a nice surprise when we found out rather by chance that Nature Photonics chose the illustration for our article as cover picture. (For the article itself you can find a message further down here).
An ERC Advanced Grant, which comes with third-party funding of up to 2.5 million euros, has just been awarded to Professor Hommelhoff -- a great success, not only because of the large amount of money raised, which will be available for research at the chair over five years, but also because this fun...
This is a great success for Prof. Martin Hundhausen, senior academic councillor in our institute: He has just been elected to the Erlangen city council. Congratulations -- and good luck for the city politics with lots of physical expertise!