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  • July 31, 2017
    Ayman Alismail's work is featured in a 10-min video
    team — An Yb:YAG, thin-disk amplifier developed by Ayman Alismail in the group of Dr. Hanieh Fattahi has been featured in a 10 min video by the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The video can be found here.
  • October 12, 2017
    An attosecond physicist on the way to his doctor's degree
    team — Johannes Schötz is one of the PhD students in the team of the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics. During summer 2017 we have accopompanied him with the camera. Here we present his work at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität.
  • October 13, 2017
    LAP Meeting 2017
    team — At this year’s edition of the annual meeting of the whole LAP team, in Stirin near Prague, participants were treated to lots of exciting science in a convivial and stimulating atmosphere. The talks covered topics ranging from biological and medical applications of laser technology to advances in laser development and ultrafast metrology techniques. Needless to say, the evenings were less demanding (but no less invigorating), and an excursion to Prague’s historic Old Quarter brought a change of scene and yielded much food for thought.
  • November 2, 2017
    Lightwave controlled nanoscale electron acceleration sets the pace
    research — When metal clusters, small nanoparticles consisting of just a few thousand atoms, are exposed to intense laser light, electrons inside the particle are excited to a swinging collective motion. The electron cloud’s motion, a plasmon, can be excited resonantly with light of a suitable color leading to very high amplitudes and an enhanced electric field inside the cluster. In the experiment, which was conducted at the Institute of Physics in Rostock, a team of researches around Prof. Thomas Fennel has now deliberately exploited this enhanced near-field. With so-called two-color laser pulses the scientists tailored the …
  • November 30, 2017
    A space-time sensor for light-matter interactions
    research — The most basic of all physical interactions in nature is that between light and matter. This interaction takes place in attosecond times (i.e. billionths of a billionth of a second). What exactly happens in such an astonishingly short time has so far remained largely inaccessible. Now a research team led by Dr. Peter Baum and Dr. Yuya Morimoto at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), a collaborative venture between LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), has developed a new mode of electron microscopy, which enables one to observe this fundamental interaction in real time and real …
  • January 31, 2018
    Playing Billiards with a Laser Beam
    research — In their experiments, the group fired a powerful laser pulse at a micrometer-sized plastic sphere, blasting a bunch of protons from the target and accelerating them to velocities approaching the speed of light. The resulting velocity distribution is much narrower than that obtained when thin metal foils are used as targets.
  • February 23, 2018
    A Keen Sense for Molecules
    research — Infrared light has a keen sense for molecules. With the help of this light, researchers are able to go in search of the small particles which shape and determine our lives. The phenomenon, in which infrared light sets molecules in vibration, is pivotal in this search. Scientists are exploiting this phenomenon by using infrared light to analyze the molecular makeup of samples. In the hope that this analysis can become even more exact, the laser physicists from the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität(LMU) Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) have developed …
  • February 23, 2018
    Attoseconds break into atomic interior
    research — In order to observe the ultrafast electron motion in the inner shells of atoms with short light pulses, the pulses must not only be ultrashort, but very bright, and the photons delivered must have sufficiently high energy. This combination of properties has been sought in laboratories around the world for the past 15 years. Physicists at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), a joint venture between the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), have now succeeded in meeting the conditions necessary to achieve this goal. In their latest experiments, they …
  • March 5, 2018
    How much sugar is in the soft drink?
    team — PhotonLab, the student’s lab at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has put together a photonics quiz, which is now available as an app
  • March 8, 2018
    Prominently placed
    team — A paper written by Drs. Yuya Morimoto and Peter Baum of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics, which is jointly run by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, is featured on the cover of the March 2018 issue of Nature Physics. Its authors have developed a novel form of electron microscopy, which allows light-matter interactions to be observed in real time at atomic resolution. The new method thus makes it possible to visualize atomic processes as they unfold in space and time. In the experiments described in the report, the Munich researchers make use of the oscillating electric field of laser …
  • March 19, 2018
    A new editor of Optics Letters
    team — Dr. Tatiana Amotchkina has reached a strong international reputation in the research field of thin films and multilayer coatings allowing her to be invited to the Board of Editors of Optics Letters journal. Her significant record of publications in peer reviewed high quality journals, track records in the scientific carrier as well as excellent many-years reviewing activities form a good basis for the editorial responsibilities.
  • March 26, 2018
    Front Cover: Infrared Lasers
    team — In article number 1700273, Jinwei Zhang and co‐workers investigate two different gain materials — Tm:YAG and Ho:YAG — in thin‐disk configuration. Using a 72‐pass pump cavity, thin‐disk lasers with high powers and optical‐to‐optical efficiencies at 2 µm are realized, paving the way for further scaling of power towards kW‐level based on thin‐disk technology. The image was made and processed by Thorsten Naeser, Dennis Luck, and Kilian Fritsch together with the authors of this manuscript.
  • April 12, 2018
    The Future of Ultrafast Solid-State Physics
    research — Physicists can now control light in both time and space with hitherto unimagined precision. This is particularly true for the ability to generate ultrashort light pulses in the infrared and visible regions of the spectrum. Extremely high-energy laser pulses, each lasting for a few femtoseconds, have made spectacular experiments possible, which have in turn yielded revolutionary insights. Above all, the growth in understanding of the interaction between light and electrons opens up entirely new prospects for the future of electronics. In the journal Review of Modern Physics (10 April 2018), Dr. Stanislav Kruchinin, …
In the Press
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    magazin: P.M. Magazin, September 1, 2017
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    magazin: MINT Zirkel, March 1, 2017
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    magazin: Medizin & Technik, February 9, 2017