News

  • May 1, 2020
    FRS of strongly absorbing (biological) samples
    research — Infrared spectroscopy is a versatile method for studying biological samples in liquid media. This led to numerous applications such as label-free identification of cells and bacteria, quantification of clinically relevant parameters in body fluids and early cancer detection using liquid biopsies.
  • May 6, 2020
    Social Distance Running
    team — Like virtually everything else during the current coronavirus crisis, this year’s Wings for Life Run took place unusual conditions. In accordance with the need for social distancing, the event was more reminiscent of a time trial in cycling. This time, participants were literally on their own. Some were equipped with running apps, while others were happy to tackle a couple of kilometers at a comfortable pace with their kids/juniors. Together we ran 180.43 kilometres. Nevertheless, for the LAP team, it was an enjoyable and thoroughly communal experience, as these pictures demonstrate. We look forward to seeing you all …
  • May 8, 2020
    Awarded CLEO-contribution
    team — Julia Anthea Gessner was awarded the Tingye Li Innovation Prize, based on her submitted work for the CLEO Conference. Julia is working on her doctoral thesis at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics. Her talk will be about "Ultrafast Charge and Spin Dynamics in Ferromagnets", held online on Friday 15th May at 5.30 PM. The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made on the field of optics and photonics. This prize will be presented to an early career professional who has demonstrated innovative ideas in their accepted presentation during the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) …
  • May 11, 2020
    Quantum brakes in molecules
    research — Physicists of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have measured the flight times of electrons in molecules after their creation with light. The small quantum particles were emitted from a specific atom within the molecules, which enabled to measure the molecular influence on their emission time. The results open new opportunities to study the forces that are holding molecules together in better detail.
  • May 14, 2020
    Highlighted talk at the CLEO conference
    team — A great honour for the scientists around Kafai Mak. At the special event about “What's Next in Ultrafast Optics – Hot Topics at CLEO: 2020” in the framework of the CLEO conference, Clara Sarazeno and Federico Furch especially highlighted the upcoming talk of Nathalie Nagl. She will present the latest work of the team about “Directly Diode-Pumped Few-Optical-Cycle Cr:ZnS Laser at 800 mW of Average Power”. Nathalie will give the talk in the Session: SF3H, Ultrafast Oscillators and Amplifiers II on Saturday 16th of May night between 00:00 and 00:30 AM, German time (03:00 PM ~ 03:30 PM Pacific Time).
  • May 16, 2020
    The symphony of molecules
    team — In the frame of the "Celebrations of the 60th birthday of the laser" Dr. Ioachim Pupeza gave an online talk about what his group's research at the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics:   The atoms that make up molecules perform oscillatory motions with frequencies specific to molecular structure. The unprecedented control of light — afforded by modern lasers —provides access to these vibrations on the natural, femtosecond, time scale of their individual oscillations. In fact, (in electric-)field-resolved spectroscopy (FRS) we excite molecular vibrations with few-cycle infrared pulses and "listen" to their complex …
  • May 18, 2020
    Comparison between sputtering of dispersive mirrors
    research — For the first time the AMO group made a comparison between magnetron sputtering and ion beam sputtering on dispersive mirrors (DM). DMs exploited as intra-cavity and extra-cavity dispersion compensation components have been widely used in all kinds of ultrafast laser systems and become the key elements to control dispersion in ultrafast laser systems. One of the compared mirrors was a broadband DM which is known as double angle DM, providing a group delay dispersion (GDD) of -40 fs2 in the range of 550 nm to 1050 nm. The other one was a robust highly dispersive mirror, which provides a GDD of about -275 fs2 at 800 …
  • June 5, 2020
    The new daily routine in the AS-laboratories at MPQ
    team — With his picture of Keyhan Golyari, Matthew Weidman captured the new everyday life in the attosecond laboratories at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. The scientists also wear masks in front of their faces in the laboratories. But despite the difficulties, our research continues. With meetings, seminars, conferences and even lectures being held online, virtual solutions for teaching, learning, and networking have become commonplace and there is never a dull moment. Although the work in the laboratories has slowed down in the last few months, we are thankful that we have been able to stay connected, continue …
  • June 15, 2020
    Congratulations to Dr. Shizhen Qu!
    team — Warmest congratulations from the entire team to Dr. Shizhen Qu, who has successfully defended his PhD thesis at his home institute Nanyang Technological University. We wish you continued success during yourpost-doctoral phase with us at the MPQ!
  • June 19, 2020
    Searching for the impact of pre-analytical parameters
    team — The BIRD research group aims to bring blood-based infrared molecular fingerprints closer to clinical, daily setting of monitoring human health, we would like to evaluate the impact of pre-analytical parameters. Towards this end we are just preparing a new Lasers4Life study where we investigate the influence of blood sampling parameters to the molecular fingerprinting.Thus, we are turning to you all as we are in search for volunteers of all ages, to participate in our study and actively collaborate in our research. Any information from your participation will be fully anonymized.You may come either on 30th June or …
  • June 25, 2020
    "The next 20 years will be as exciting as the last 20 years"
    team — With his colleagues of the research group led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Kling, Dr. Shubhadeep Biswas has published his first paper in Nature Physics called “Probing molecular environment through photoemission delays”. We talked to him about his research, his career and his plans for the future.Can you give us a short description of what was your paper in Nature Physics about?The publication “Probing molecular environment through photoemission delays” is about trying to visualize the inner territory of a molecule. It has been a universal quest for decades to understand the intriguing detail of how molecules react with …
In the Press
  • February 15, 2020
    Das Versteckspiel geht zu …
    magazine: Campusspiegel
  • January 30, 2020
    LMU Munich and MPQ reveal …
    magazin: SemiNex
  • January 2, 2020
    Infrared spectroscopy …
    magazin: Nature