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.

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...

The Department of Physics at FAU awards its Ohm Prizes for outstanding theses. Already decided last year, but due to circumstances only handed over this year, Dr. Christian Heide and Urs Haeusler each received an Ohm Prize for their dissertation and master's thesis, respectively. Both were online at...