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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.

Our long-time partner and frequent and especially welcome guest in Erlangen Mark Stockman PhD DSc, Regents Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Nano Optics at Georgia State University, died on November 11th at the age of 73 years. Professor Stockman left his mark on entire fields of p...

Strong and extremely relevant work from the MPI for Chemistry: a calculator that helps to estimate the risk of infection when a highly infectious carrier of Covid-19 is sitting in a room: https://www.mpic.de/4747361/risk-calculator Especially for the face-to-face teaching for our freshmen, it ...

Our former group members Dr. Christian Heide and Urs Häusler have each received an Ohm Prize from the FAU Physics Department for their outstanding dissertation or master thesis. Congratulations! The award ceremony will be held by the department once at least small celebrations will be allowed again.

Under the current corona protection conditions it is again hardly imaginable, but in September it was possible: We spent two and a half wonderful and highly interesting days at Hirschberg Castle in the pretty Altmühltal valley, to bring each other up to date and to be able to discuss our science in ...

Our former PhD student Christian Heide, now a postdoc at Stanford, made it to the final of the Quantum Future Award of the BMBF with his doctoral thesis. This already ranks his work among the five best. The final will take place on November 6th with 3-minute summaries of the finalists and will be br...

The quantum coherent interaction of light with swift electrons represents the foundation of the fast-moving field of laser-based electron beam control including one of our major research projects of dielectric laser acceleration. In this work, we introduce the concept of intra-cycle interference, wh...

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.