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Welcome to the website of the Chair of Laser Physics!

At the moment we have three main branches of research that combine the topics 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.

One should think that the optical phase evolution of a common pulsed focused laser beam is known for a long time already — that’s not the case! Our lab in collaboration with colleagues around Prof. Gerhard Paulus’s group in Jena has, for the first time, measured the phase in the fo...

The University of Erlangen promotes action against climate change by application of modern infrastructure based on renewable energies and zero emission mobility. At the chair of Laser Physics a roof top photovoltaics system was installed six years ago, making that location ideal to install charging ...

ACHIP collaboration meeting in Switzerland Hosted by Rasmus Ischebeck, PSI, the ACHIP collaboration gathered for a fruitful 2.5-day meeting near PSI in Switzerland. All members of our chair working on dielectric laser acceleration joined the meeting.