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Research - Ultrafast Laser Optics

The investigation of ultrafast processes in nature requires the preparation of tailored light pulses with durations much shorter than the inherent dynamics of the process under test.

Our group is doing high level research on pulsed lasers and their applications in many different areas of science. Our expertise in laser physics spans from the world wide shortest pulses with single cycle durations via high repetition rate high energy sources to terawatt peak powers. Our laser application research addresses fundamental questions regarding the light-matter interaction as well as micro machining or bio imaging. 

Ultrafast Lasers

There is a secret world beyond our perception where things happen much faster than our wits. Scientists over all the centuries invented machines and techniques to reveal the quickly evolving world of matter, molecules, and atoms. The latest and most successful achievements are the ultrafast lasers with time resolution in the femto- and attosecond regime. In the foci of commercially available high power laser pulses we are able to observe extreme conditions: Peak powers in the Terawatt, magnetic fields with thousands of Tesla, light pressures of Gigapascal, and temperatures of Megakelvin. In our group we study the physics of these laser sources; we investigate very new ways to control the photons, and many of our laser light sources here in Hannover are unique in the world. More…

Ultrafast Laser Applications

The unique properties of laser pulses, such as high intensity, high brightness and coherence, tunability, or ultrabroad bandwidth have fertilized many areas in engineering, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences. We employ sophisticated laser sources in selected application areas such as bio imaging or material processing. More…

XUV Laser Physics

We investigate coherent and strong field interactions of lasers with matter involving the use of ultrafast and ultra-intense lasers for the generation of laser-driven short-pulse light sources producing extreme ultraviolet wavelengths. More...

 

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