24th October 2020

X-ray Light in Overdrive

An international collaboration, with physicists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität  Munich, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and the King-Saud University in Riyad, has shown attosecond pulse generation under extreme conditions. The generation of coherent x-ray light by high-harmonic generation (HHG) with strong laser pulses is one of the major building blocks of attosecond science. It […]

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8th October 2020
Illustration of the experiment to measure the electromagnetic field of a light wave: the light wave (orange) is overlapped with a gating pulse (blue). Both pulses are focused into the air gap between two metallic electrodes, where they create a plasma spark.

Ultrafast Oscillation of Light Waves Unveiled in Plasma Spark

A German-Canadian collaboration, with physicists from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory of the National Research Council and the University of Ottawa, has discovered a new way of tracing the ultrafast oscillations of the electric field in laser light waves. The electric field of a […]

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14th May 2020

Quantum brakes in molecules

Physicists of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have measured the flight times of electrons in molecules after their creation with light. The small quantum particles were emitted from a specific atom within the molecules, which enabled to measure the molecular influence on their emission time. The results open new opportunities to study the forces that […]

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9th January 2020

Unfazed by phase shifts

Physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) and at the Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität (LMU) Munich have developed a novel type of detector that enables the oscillation profile of light waves to be precisely determined. Light is hard to get a hold on. Light waves propagate with a velocity […]

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6th December 2019

A new accomodation for attosecond research

The LAP-team had a reason to celebrate. The new laser cleanroom and experimental area for attosecond science are now ready to accommodate new experimental setups. Renovations of the area, which had originally been built for high-energy particle research, started about two years ago and involved the removal of bricks for radiation protection. The new laboratory […]

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2nd December 2019

Bright attosecond x-ray pulses

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a way to observe the movements of electrons with powerful X-ray laser bursts just 280 attoseconds, or billionths of a billionth of a second, long. The technology, called X-ray laser-enhanced attosecond pulse generation (XLEAP), is a big advance that scientists have been working toward for […]

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14th November 2019

A special award goes to Gaia Barbiero

Gaia Barbiero has every reason to celebrate following the 5-day-long “ XII UltraFast Optics Conference” in Bol, Croatia. The 28-year-old doctoral student won the Best Student Presentation Award for her outstanding presentation.

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9th November 2019

NUSS workshop

Within the framework of the LMUexcellent program of the DFG, with support by the IMPRS-APS, we coordinated a workshop entitled “Nano and Ultrafast Surface Science (NUSS)”. This was our second workshop based on the collaboration between LMU and the University of Tokyo. With a total of 52 participants, 7 from the University of Tokyo, 12 […]

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15th October 2019

An ultrafast glimpse of the photochemistry of the atmosphere

Members of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have explored the initial consequences of the interaction of light with molecules on the surface of nanoscopic aerosols. Our lives are governed by submicroscopic processes in the nanocosmos. Indeed many natural phenomena begin with a minuscule shift in the states of atoms or molecules, triggered by radiation. One […]

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15th October 2019

Matthias Kling is now a Fellow of the APS

Prof. Matthias Kling has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) Prof. Matthias Kling, Head of the Ultrafast Imaging and Nanophotonics Group at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, became a Max Planck Fellow and leader of an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in 2019. He now was […]

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