• 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, …
  • April 17, 2018
    Laser-based X-ray Imaging Picks Up Speed
    research — Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have taken a major step towards the clinical application of a new laser-based source of X-rays. They recently demonstrated that the instrument enables the tomographic reconstruction of the three-dimensional fine structure of a bone sample within a few minutes. Up to now, laser-based measurements of this sort took several hours. The breakthrough was made possible by the further development of ATLAS, the high-performance laser in LMU’s Laboratory for Extreme Photonics (LEX …
  • April 23, 2018
    Molecules Brilliantly Illuminated
    research — Molecules are the building blocks of life. Like all other organisms, we are made of them. They control our biorhythm, and they can also reflect our state of health. Researchers at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) – a joint venture between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching near Munich – want to use brilliant infrared light to study molecular disease markers in much greater detail, for example to facilitate early stage cancer diagnosis. The team has developed a powerful femtosecond light source which emits at wavelengths between 1.6 and 10.2 …
  • May 4, 2018
    Best Poster at the 10th Symposium on Intense Laser Science (ASILS10)
    team — Alexander Muschet, a PdH student from Laszlo Veisz's group, has won Best Poster Award at the 10th Asian Symposium on Laser Science (ASILS). More than 100 laser scientists from all over the world met at the conference in the Arab Emirate of Sharjah. Muschet presented his research on a poster titled "Nonlinear Multiple-Ionization of XE with 100 eV Attosecond Pulses". The prize is endowed with 250 US-dollars.
  • June 14, 2018
    Blood donation for cancer research
    team — A blood donation campaign will be organized on the 14th and 15th of June, 2018 within the framework of the »Lasers 4 Life« project. Please take part!For more information, visit:
  • June 22, 2018
    IMPRS-APS Application Round 2018
    team — IMPRS-APS offers young researchers a unique combination of education and training opportunities in the physics and technology of photon sources and their advanced application in physics, chemistry and biology.This year´s application round will be open until July 30th, 2018.
In the Press
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    magazin: MINT Zirkel, March 1, 2017
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    magazin: Medizin & Technik, February 9, 2017