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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.

How do optical near-fields between two ultrasharp metal needles of femtosecond laser pulses couple at the nanometer level? This question is addressed in our recently accepted manuscript, which has been just accepted in PRB. Together with our colleagues from the Chair of Solid State Physics, we devel...

We as the Chair of Laser Physics had the privilege and pleasure to host the Christmas Lecture of the Department of Physics 2019 on December 5th. A short review with pictures is now available as a website. The corresponding video recording will follow shortly.

Timo Eckstein wins Applied Photonics Award for the best master thesis in the field of Photonics. Congratulations! The award was handed over by Physics Noble Prize Winner Gerard Mourou and Zeiss CEO Michael Kaschke. More details can be found here.