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Ultrafast Phenomena and Femtosecond Technology


Term: summer term 2013
Lectures: Do 13:30-15:00 Uhr, P812
Description: This seminar is aimed at physics students from the sixth semester upwards who want to gain insight into the contemporary topics of ultrafast physics, including elementary interaction processes and dynamics of condensed matter far from thermal equilibrium. These fundamental phenomena form the basis for understanding of various topics from modern electronics via chemical reactions to fundamental processes in photobiology. Energy-time uncertainty defines the temporal limit for low-energy physics, chemistry and molecular biology in the femtosecond range (1 fs = 10-15 sec). Therefore, ultrafast phenomena are accessible only by special laser technologies combined with advanced measurement methods.
The seminar topics will expose the basic concepts needed in Ultrafast Science starting from ultrashort optical pulse generation and extending to cutting-edge spectroscopy techniques used to investigate light-matter interaction at the fundamental timescale. Another aim of the seminar is to train the participants in the art of scientific presentation and information transfer. English will be the official language of the seminar series.

Organizational meeting and selection of individual topics is scheduled for Thursday 25th March.

The following topics are scheduled:

Date Topic
May 16th Mode-locked Lasers and Laser Amplifiers 
May 16th Characterization of Ultrashort Light Pulses 
May 23rd Frequency Comb Metrology 
June 6th Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecular Systems
June 20th Electron Dynamics in Metals and Semiconductors 
June 27th Generation and Detection of Multi-THz Waveforms 
July 4th Low-Energy Excitations such as Phonons, Magnons, etc…
July 11th Ultrafast Nano-Optics and Quantum Photonics  
July 18th High-Field Phenomena 

For additional information please contact:

Prof. A. Leitenstorfer:
Dr. D. Brida:
Dr. D. Seletskiy:


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