Interns and HIWIs

We are looking for motivated students who would like to work with us on our ACCORD system. The students will work in a fancy laser lab. The works you are going to be involved in are listed as below:



For further information, please contact: Matthias Kling

Bachelor / Master Thesis

Attosecond electron dynamics in molecule and related beamline development

The broad purpose of this scientific project is to investigate ultrafast electron dynamics in molecules through attosecond ionization time delay measurements and attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. This uses attosecond XUV and soft X-ray pulses generated through higher harmonic generation by ultrashort IR laser pulses. To perform these we are in a process of developing a combined XUV and soft X-ray beamline.

The main work of the thesis will be to develop different mechanical diagnostics to be used in the beamline and related control software, particularly a six-degree of freedom movement stage for XUV-IR toroidal focusing mirror and related optimization of the focus size through LabView controlled software. We expect a strongly motivated candidate who has interest in experimental physics and programing language (backgrounds in gaussian optics and LabView are preferable). From this thesis work the candidate gets the opportunity to gain hands on experience of short pulse laser system, ultrashort pulse optics, attosecond physics experiments and advance level Labview programing. The candidate will work under the guidance of experienced researchers in the group.

If you are interested in this project, please contact:
Dr. Shubhadeep Biswas (office: B1.24, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics,  Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1 D-85748 Garching, Germany)
Office Phone: +49-(0)89-32905-684

Bachelor / Master thesis

Ultrafast nanoplasmonics and microscopy

Ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses are able to generate the strongest electrical fields achievable today easily reaching the field strength binding electrons to atoms. The released electrons from nanomaterials in such fields can in turn be utilized as sensitive probes of the nanoscale electro-magnetic forces. Combining this approach with optical microscopy enables the probing of ultrafast nanoplasmonic dynamics in nanodevices, which show promise towards increasing the speed of electronics and becoming a key technology for ultrafast quantum computing.

Our team at the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching is currently looking for a motivated master student to join our research on ultrafast nanoplasmonics and microscopy. As part of the work, we are developing a novel ultrafast laser source with varialble repetition rates reaching up to   1 MHz and pulse durations of only a few cycles.

You will help with both the laser development and the nanoplasmonics experiments using our new ultrafast microscope. The project is embedded in our larger effort of pushing the frontiers of attosecond nanophysics. Synergies also exist with a project, where non-linear microscopy is applied on organic samples with the aim to develop imaging technology for the detection and treatment of early stages of cancer.

Experience in nonlinear optics, laser physics, strong field physics, attosecond physics, and medical physics can, depending on the project, be beneficial but are not required.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact: Matthias Kling,


Bachelor / Master thesis

Imaging ultrafast molecular dynamics

In our group, a variety of different light-induced strong field processes are studied for molecules and nano-objects using ultrashort laser pulses. For such studies, a laser system with few-cycle pulses (<5 fs) and high repetition rate (10 kHz) is used. By focusing the laser, intensities up to 1015 W/cm² are reached, which is sufficient to ionize molecules multiple times. We detect the time of flight and positions for both the ions and electrons providing us with complete momentum information for each particle. Using this method, different processes are addressed, as for example: Can UV excitation alter the reactivity of molecules on ultrashort time scales? How does the presence of a nanoparticle influence the dissociation behavior of molecules? Can we control which molecular bonds break by changing fundamental properties of the laser light?

As a master student in our group, you will learn the theoretical background of ultrafast physics and experience the daily life of experimental laser optics combined with vacuum techniques. The measurements are followed by statistical data evaluation using MatLab, Python and C++. Working in a highly motivated team, you will be well supported during your thesis by PhD students and postdocs.

If you are interested in this project, please contact:

Matthias Kling (office: 213D, Am Coulombwall 1, 85748 Garching)