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 (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! ...

Strong success in numbers for the Chair of Laser Physics: four of the approximately 200 most highly cited researchers in their field at FAU in 2020 are and were at this chair: Professors Hommelhoff, Ley and Ristein as well as our former postdoc Dr. Takuya Higuchi -- congratulations to all. Source: t...

Are you thinking about a master's degree or a doctoral thesis in the broad field of photonics? Until 1.12. you can still apply for one of the coveted places in the Max Planck School for Photonics. We are also participating, which means that as a member of this graduate school you can also join us, b...

As in 2018, the DPG Annual Meeting will be held in Erlangen in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the SAMOP section. We have taken over the organization of the meeting at short notice and hope to welcome as many interested participants as possible from March 14-18, 2022 in the Erlangen city cent...

Great success for Dr. Christian Heide: for his dissertation "Attosecond-fast electron dynamics in graphene and graphene-based interfaces" he recently won two dissertation awards, namely the one of the Solid State Physics Section of the German Physical Society (DPG) and the one of the German Society ...

From September 27 to 30, the twice-annual conference of the ACHIP (Accelerator on a Chip International Program) collaboration took place in Erlangen, Germany. After 1.5 years, the conference could finally be held in a hybrid format again, so that at least a large part of our colleagues from differen...