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This year's Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L'Huillier - "for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter”. Congratulations to the three, who of course absolutely deserve this award! It is and remai...

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It is always helpful but often not at all easy to summarize the current state of a large field of research. It is even more difficult to predict where the journey may yet lead. Last year, the prestigious Wolf Prize was awarded to three pioneers of attosecond physics, and the three gave an interview ...

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Many processes in our everyday life follow their statistics according to a Poisson distribution. In fact, typical laser sources also behave in this way. For pulsed lasers, this graphically means that the number of photons in a laser pulse fluctuates around a certain mean value (with the root of the ...

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A large area of ultrafast physics is all about the motion of electrons in strong pulsed laser fields on the time scale of femtoseconds (1 fs = 1 millionth of a billionth of a second). If femtosecond laser pulses are now sent to extremely sharp metal tips, extremely short electron pulses are produced...

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The second now again public defense at our chair after some years - and also at this one everybody was not only enthusiastic about another outstanding lecture, but also about the wonderful atmosphere: Tobias Weitz defended his thesis with waving flags -- congratulations! For all who don't know him p...

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SCHOOL ON THE FRONTIERS OF LIGHT: Photonics with free electrons -- this summer school will take place at ICFO close to Barcelona at the beginning of July. Apply  here by May 14.

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Another highly interesting ACHIP collaboration meeting is behind us - this time in Stanford and with the hottest results from there and from Erlangen. Was this really the last meeting? Unfortunately, after more than seven years of generous support, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation cannot contin...

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For more than ten years, we and other research groups worldwide have been working on strong-field physics on solids - which until now could only ever be observed on nanometre-sharp needle tips. In terms of the driving optical wavelength, these tips are zero-dimensional objects. We wondered if we cou...

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