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  • November 9, 2016
    A zeptosecond stopwatch for the microcosm
    research — When light strikes electrons in atoms, their state can change unimaginably quickly. The laser physicists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have measured such a phenomenon – namely that of photoionization, in which an electron exits a helium atom after excitation by light – for the first time with zeptosecond precision. A zeptosecond is a trillionth of a billionth of a of a second (10\(^{21}\) seconds). This is the greatest accuracy of time determination of an event in the microcosm ever achieved, as well as the …
  • November 20, 2016
    Speeding up digital performance using engineered light
    research — Modern electronics and digital technologies rely on the control of electric current in semiconductor devices, from computers to smartphones and amplifiers. An international study by scientists from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) lays foundations for a dramatic performance increase of semiconductor-based signal-processing technologies.
  • February 28, 2017
    Dr. Hanieh Fattahi on Minerva Fast Track Programme
    team — Dr. Hanieh Fattahi (Photo: Thorsten Naeser), a young physicist at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has been chosen for the Max Planck Society’s Minerva Fast Track Programme. On an annual basis, the programme currently supports two outstanding postdoctoral female scientists from the fields of the CPTS (Chemistry, Physics and Technology) Section to plan their careers in a more targeted way.
  • May 4, 2017
    SNSF fellowship for Liudmila Voronina!
    team — We congratulate Liudmila (Lucy) Voronina on having her Early Postdoc. Mobility fellowship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) so she can tackle her research on »Field-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy And Liquid Chromatography Brought Together For Cancer Diagnostics«. Lucy recently joined the Laser Fingerprinting team analysing living systems in Prof. Krausz's department at LMU. She is eager to employ her background in structural analysis of biomolecules and merge it with laser fingerprinting to address real-world biomedical problems relevant to cancer detection.
  • May 22, 2017
    Turmoil in sluggish electrons' existence
    research — We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence relatively still in a dielectric crystal lattice. This idyll has now been heavily shaken up by a team of physicists from various research institutions, including the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-Maximillian’s-Universität Munich (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN-CNR) in Milan, the Institute of Physics at the University of Rostock, the Max Born Institute (MBI) in …
  • June 27, 2017
    Record-Breaking Timing Feat
    team — A veritable tour-de-force in metrology reported last year by physicists at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), which is jointly run by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), has been accepted as a new world record by the Guinness Book of Records. In 2016, an LAP research team led by Dr. Martin Schultze succeeded in measuring the duration of a specific physical phenomenon induced by the interaction of light with atoms to an accuracy of 850 zeptoseconds. You may well ask, how long is a zeptosecond? A zeptosecond is equivalent to 10-21 sec or, to put in the rather more cumbersome, …
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