Forthcoming Events

21.05.2018 - 25.05.2018, CECAM-ES, Madrid, Spain
26.05.2018 - 26.05.2018, Universität Zürich Zentrum , KOH -B-10 Rämistrasse bei 71, Zürich


Ursula Keller: Nomination for European Inventor Award 2018Ursula Keller is nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Ultrafast pulsed Lasers
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Ursula Keller, Thomas Feuer, Majed Chergui, Hans Jakob Wörner, Jean-Pierre Wolf and Ursula Röthlisberger
ERC Advanced Grants for Ursula Keller and Ruth Signorell- a major success for women scientists in the NCCR MUST
ETH WPF General Assembly - 28 March 2018Video-conferencing in Zürich and Lausanne
Thomas Feuer: Vortrag über THz Strahlung (in German)- in der Physikalischen Gesellschaft Zürich (PGZ)
Ursula Keller awarded the IEEE Photonics Award 2018 -for her work as a pioneer in the field of ultrafast lasers
Jean-Pierre Wolf to Receive ZEISS Research Award - for his groundbreaking application of laser pulses in researching the earth’s atmosphere
Majed Chergui elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain - as successor to Ahmed Zewail (1999 Chemistry Nobel Laureate)
GAP-Biophotonics with Jean-Pierre Wolf-visited by the Grand Conseil of Geneva
Special Issue of Structural Dynamics on the NCCR MUST- with 10 reviews and 2 perspectives
First time resolved Pilot Experiment by SwissFEL (30.11.2017)Semiconductor to metal transition in Ti3O5 nanocrystals
The world's shortest laser pulse- pulse duration of 43 attoseconds (Hans Jakob Wörner)
Sicherer durchs Gewitter fliegen- flying safely through lightning (Jean Pierre Wolf)

Femtosecond and Attosecond Science and Technology (FAST)

The goal of FAST is to strengthen the involvement of ETHZ and Uni Bern - the NCCR MUST leading houses -  in ultrafast science. It aims to increase the awareness and excitement of ultrafast science, to strengthen the leading houses involvement with the new SwissFEL at PSI, and to act as a seed center to expand interdisciplinary research effort in ultrafast science between physics, physical chemistry, material sciences, biology, electrical engineering and information technology at the ETH Zurich (FastLab), Uni Bern, PSI and EMPA. Similar efforts were also initiated at the EPFL, where the Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS) was inaugurated in June 2016.

Historically, ETH Zurich did not have a strong focus on ultrafast science, and Prof. Keller was the only active full professor focusing on ultrafast sciences. Now, the NCCR MUST network includes ETH Zurich professros Steve Johnson, who concentrates on ultrafast dynamics in solids, Hans Jakob Wörner, who focuses on ultrafast spectroscopy and attosecond science to study the dynamics of molecules, Jeroen van Bokhoven, who employs ultrafast technologies to study catalysis. In addition, FAST brings together a large number of researchers from a range of departments and research institutes using ultrafast technologies in their research, which provides the critical mass to establish a Technology Platform for Femtosecond and Attosecond Science and Technology at the ETH Zürich: the FastLab. This new center of excellence (FastLab) is to become a focal point for interdisciplinary research, collaborations, education, and technology transfer in ultrafast science.

The longer-term vision is for ETH Zurich, Uni Bern, PSI and other Swiss universities and research institutes to elect additional professors in the different departments whose research focus is in ultrafast science. In addition we envisage the formation of a new cross-departmental institute which would  further emphasize the interdisciplinary character of ultrafast science and future collaborations between these groups. The NCCR MUST will give additional support to this vision through FAST by supporting research projects. FAST also funds FAST fellows and FAST lectures at the ETH Zurich.

We have observed tremendous progress in ultrafast laser technologies during the last 10 years and we can envision many important applications in both industrial transfers and fundamental science. FAST and the FastLab will play a major role in this future development.

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