12th February 2019

Transformation through Light

When carbon molecules C60 are exposed to an intense infrared light, they change their ball-like structure to a more elongated version. This has now been observed via laser-induced electron diffraction by an international team of laser physicists, including scientists from the Laboratory of Attsecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.

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7th January 2019

Boost for Attosecond Science

Professor Matthias Kling will join the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching on 1st January 2019 as a Max Planck Fellow. Attosecond research at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) will receive a further boost in the coming year. The Max Planck Society has appointed Prof. Matthias Kling (LMU Munich) as a Max Planck fellow at the MPQ for 5 years. From January 2019, Kling will head a new research group in Ultrafast X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP), joining forces with the division of Prof. Ferenc Krausz.

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7th January 2019

Accolade for Nanophotonics Course

The Inverted Classroom Course in Ultrafast Nanophotonics, designed and presented by Prof. Matthias Kling and Priv.-Doz. Vladislav Yakovlev, has won this year’s Prize for Innovative Approaches to Teaching at LMU Munich.

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31st October 2017
The waveform-controlled laser pulse creates a plasmon-enhanced near-field that drives the forward acceleration of an electron during its passage through the nanometer-sized metal cluster.

Lightwave controlled nanoscale electron acceleration sets the pace

Extremely short electron bunches are key to many new applications including ultrafast electron microscopy and table-top free-electron lasers. A german team of physicists from Rostock University, the Max Born Institute in Berlin, the Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität Munich, and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching has now shown how electrons can be accelerated in an extreme and well-controlled way with laser light, while crossing a silver particle of just a few nanometers.

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17th July 2017

Poster Award for Benjamin Foerg

With his presentation on “Attosecond Nanoscale Near-Field Sampling”, Benjamin Foerg has won the prize for the best poster shown by a student at the 6th International Conference on Attosecond Physics in Xi’an China.

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23rd May 2017
A team of physicists clocked the time it takes electrons to leave a dielectric after their generation with extreme ultraviolet light. The measurement (false color plot) was the first of its kind in a dielectric material and yielded a time of 150 attoseconds (as), from which the physicists determined that inelastic scattering in the dielectric takes about 370 as. (Dennis Luck, Thorsten Naeser/LMU)

Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behavior of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

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5th April 2017

Attosecond physics at the nanoscale

An international team of researchers from the Munich Centre for Advanced Photonics (MAP) and other renowned centers presents an extensive overview on the beginning of a new atto-nano physics age.

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25th July 2016
Picture credit: Thorsten Naeser

LMUexcellent Workshop

Within the framework of the LMUexcellent program of the DFG, the Kling and Itatani groups coordinated the workshop “Ultrafast laser development and applications in photoelectron spectroscopy” to foster the collaboration between the LMU and the University of Tokyo.

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17th May 2016
Image: Christian Hackenberger

Attosecond camera for nanostructures

Physicists of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in collaboration with scientists from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have observed a light-matter phenomenon in nano-optics, which lasts only attoseconds.

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16th May 2016
Image: Alexander Gelin

Laser pulses: conductors for protons

Researchers from the Laboratory of Attosecond Physics (LAP) of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and from the Department of Chemistry of the LMU have used light to reconfigure hydrocarbons.

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