• May 4, 2017
    SNSF fellowship for Liudmila Voronina!
    team — We congratulate Liudmila (Lucy) Voronina on having her Early Postdoc. Mobilityfellowship 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, …
  • July 5, 2017
    ATTO2017: 6th International Conference on Attosecond Physics
    team — At the beginning of July 2017 Ferenc Krausz held his talk about Attosecond Metrology 2.0 in Xi’an, China. The focus of his talk was on signal processing and molecular fingerprinting. Further information about his contribution is available in this video.
  • July 6, 2017
    Best Poster Award for Benjamin Förg
    team — With his presentation on “Attosecond Nanoscale Near-Field Sampling”, Benjamin Förg has won the prize for the best poster shown by a student at the 6th International Conference on Attosecond Physics in Xi’an China. Benni is a doctoral student in Prof. Matthias Kling‘s Ultrafast Nanophotonics Group, and his poster described his work on the interaction between light and matter so clearly and convincingly that it won him the 440-euro prize for the best in his category. 
  • July 25, 2017
    Joint clinical studies with three LMU clinics have taken off!
    team — We develop a new infrared laser molecular fingerprinting to detect breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer from blood samples. Joint clinical studies in collaboration with three clinics at the LMU (Breast Cancer Center, Comprehensive Pneumology Center / Asklepios Clinic and Urology Clinics) have started in July 2017.
  • 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.
  • September 1, 2017
    A new home in Arizona
    team — Our former colleague Mohammed Hassan has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Arizona (UA). The university has a strong Atomic and Molecular Optics Division (AMO) and a highly respected College of Optical Sciences as well. Mohammed Hassan will take up his new appointment next summer. He’s planning to establish a Program in Attosecond Physics. Here Mohammed talks to Thorsten Naeser about his plans.
  • September 15, 2017
    Ultrafast snapshots of relaxing electrons in solids
    research — When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole behind. For a long time, scientists have suspected that the liberated electron and the positively charged hole form a new kind of quasiparticle — known as ‘core-exciton’. But so far, there has not yet been a real proof of its existence. Scientists have a wide range of tools to track excitons in semiconductors in real-time. Those are generated by ordinary light, and can be employed in various applications in optoelectronics and microelectronics. On the contrary, …
  • 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 …
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