Chair for Laser Physics

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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.

Almost two dissertations in one and both parts accompanied by great journal articles, plus an outstanding defense - the two letters in front of the name are more than deserved. Congratulations, Dr. Meier!

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This year's Röntgen Prize of the University of Giessen went to our former postdoc and current professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Dr. Roy Shiloh. He received the 15,000 euro prize for his outstanding contributions to the realization of a photonic particle accelerator. As it was mentione...

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This year we again retreated for two and a half days to be able to discuss our projects intensively on the basis of presentations - and to listen to four more excellent presentations by invited guests. This year's guests were Dr. Thilo Egenolf from Darmstadt, Prof. Christoph Lemell from Vienna, Prof...

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Dr. Tobias Weitz has just received the "Jury Prize for Fundamental Research in an Important Future Field of the Modern Information Society" for his dissertation "Lightwave electronics in graphene" at the Applied Photonics Awards 2023 in Jena - congratulations!

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This year's Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L'Huillier - "for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter”. Congratulations to the three, who of course absolutely deserve this award! It is and remai...

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