Forthcoming Events

11.07.2022 - 15.07.2022, Celeste Hotel, on UCF main campus, Orlando, Florida
05.09.2022 - 09.09.2022, Iseolago hotel, Iseo, Italy.


MUST2022 Conference- succesfully concluded
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui and Richardson
FELs of Europe prize for Jeremy Rouxel- “Development or innovative use of advanced instrumentation in the field of FELs”
Ruth Signorell wins Doron prizefor pioneering contributions to the field of fundamental aerosol science
New FAST-Fellow Uwe Thumm at ETH- lectures on Topics in Femto- and Attosecond Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science- SSPh asked female scientists about their experiences
New scientific highlight- by MUST PIs Milne, Standfuss and Schertler
EU XFEL Young Scientist Award for Camila Bacellar,beamline scientist and group leader of the Alvra endstation at SwissFEL
Prizes for Giulia Mancini and Rebeca Gomez CastilloICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics & Ernst Haber 2021
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules
#NCCRWomen- NCCR MUST celebrates 50 years women’s right to vote in Switzerland
Kick-Off dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences- with Ursula Keller as plenary speaker

Jean-Pierre Wolf

February 2012

Jean‐Pierre Wolf was awarded a prestigious ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for his work on high field‐matter interactions and in particular laser filamentation. Filaments arise from the non‐linear propagation of high‐power lasers through transparent media. They consist of self‐sustained light strings of typical 100 μm diameter and hundreds of meters length in air, bear very high intensities (1013‐1014 W/cm2) and are electrically conductive through molecular ionization. The filamentation process in air was considered until recently as resulting from the dynamic balance between the optical Kerr effect and defocusing by the self‐generated plasma. J.P. Wolf and his group recently discovered that filaments can be governed by negative higher‐order Kerr effect (HOKE), which opened both basic physical questions about the stabilization mechanism and new opportunities to optimize the envisioned applications to lightning triggering and cloud condensation.The project, called “FilAtmo”, aims at coherently controlling the electron trajectories and tailoring the HOKE inversion, and consequently at controlling the filamentation process itself. Optimal pulse shapes will then be sought by adaptive (closed loop) techniques to maximize the plasma density and lifetime in filaments for lightning control applications. Similar coherent control approaches will be performed for optimizing the complex photochemistry that leads to water condensation in the atmosphere.

Transition from Plasma‐Driven to Kerr‐Driven Laser Filamentation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 243902 (2011)
Laser‐induced Water Condensation in Air, Nature Photonics 4, 451 ‐ 456 (2010) Field Measurements Suggest Mechanism of Laser‐Assisted Water Condensation, Nature Comm. 2, 456 (2011)

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