Forthcoming Events

29.03.2019 - 29.03.2019, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
08.04.2019 - 10.04.2019, Ventura, California, United States

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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