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.

Recorded in the summer, broadcast on BR Alpha in October -- and only now the link is here, but research is not so fast that the content of this Campus Talk is already outdated. Without slides, without pictures and with words alone, the speakers are allowed to present their research in 13 minutes. Pr...

A highly interesting and in every respect entertaining three days at Hirschberg Castle are behind us. A series of lectures by members of the chair and two by our research partners around Dr. Martin Kozák from Prague formed the scientific framework; the castle cellar was the gathering point in the ev...

Guiding, splitting and even storing electrons with the help of novel chips, plus investigations into Smith-Purcell radiation - Michael Seidling has certainly earned his doctorate with this. Congratulations!

At the EuroNAAc4 Conferece on the beautiful island of Elba, our PhD student Stefanie Kraus received the prize for the best poster -- her topic was the acceleration of electrons using nanophotonic structures.  Congratulations!

Dr. Klaas-Jan Tielrooij has published a highly interesting commentary on our light-fast logic gate paper. In his article for Nature Materials, he discusses insights worth reading about the fundamentals of ultrafast processes, but also comments on how our light-field-based logic gate might enter opto...

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...