The Field-Resolved Infrared Metrology Research Group has established a new collaboration between the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics and the University of British Columbia (UBC). In the frame of a postdoctoral fellowship within the Max-Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials, group member Dr. Maximilian Högner joins forces with partners at the UBC to further investigate a novel, power-scalable platform for cavity solitons recently discovered at the MPQ [1].

The technology will serve as a source of energetic, self-stabilizing, few-cycle visible and near-infrared pulses at multi-MHz repetition rates and promises unprecedented pulse quality and noise characteristics, a desirable – yet very challenging – regime for coherent spectroscopy applications. Such sources will allow sensitive spectroscopic studies of 2D quantum materials, like the investigation of high-temperature Bose-Einstein condensates [2], and their extension to the mid-infrared range. In addition, they are likely to benefit cavity-enhanced high-order-harmonic generation [3].


[1] Temporal solitons in free-space femtosecond enhancement cavities

N. Lilienfein, C. Hofer, M. Högner, T. Saule, M. Trubetskov, V. Pervak, E. Fill, C. Riek, A. Leitenstorfer, J. Limpert, F. Krausz & I. Pupeza

Nature Photonics 13, 214 (2019)

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[2] Evidence of high-temperature exciton condensation in two-dimensional atomic double layers

Zefang Wang, Daniel A. Rhodes, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, James C. Hone, Jie Shan & Kin Fai Mak

Nature 574, 76 (2019)

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[3] Extreme-ultraviolet frequency combs for precision metrology and attosecond science

Ioachim Pupeza, Chuankun Zhang, Maximilian Högner & Jun Ye

Nature Photonics 15, 175 (2021)

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