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.

Great success for our PhD candidate Tobias Boolakee: the Center for Nanoscience at LMU Munich (CeNS) just awarded him the 1st prize of its Nano Innovation Award for strong results around "A light field-driven logic gate in a graphene heterojunction" - congratulations! More information on the CeNS we...

Strong results with deep new insights excellently presented on the poster - that's how you win the poster prize even at the top conferences. This just happened at Atto VIII in Florida to our senior PhD candidate Philip Dienstbier. Congratulations! The title of the poster was "Tracing sub-cycle elect...

In a wonderful collaboration with our partners from Switzerland, we have recently been able to show that the ideas and capabilities we use to accelerate electrons, namely inverse photonic design, are also excellent for generating terahertz radiation from highly relativistic electron beams. For this ...

Last year, Johannes Illmer defended his dissertation with Corona restrictions but with no less success! Congratulations, Dr. Illmer!

Our (already former) postdoc Dr. Yuya Morimoto prevailed in an extremely competitive process and was allowed to start his own independent Hakubi research group at the Japanese Center for Physical and Chemical Research, the world famous RIKEN. Congratulations and all the best for a successful start! ...