Photon Science Roadmap- for Research Infrastructures 2025-2028 by the Swiss Photon Community
Majed Chergui - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Ruth Signorell - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Ursula Keller Dual-comb laser driven terahertz spectrometer for industrial sensing (DC-THz)
Farewell and Welcome!Chris Milne leaves for the European XFEL, Camila Bacellar takes over
SY-GAIA expedition - measures aerosols in the North-Atlantic
Synergy grants for MUST-AssociatesSylvie Roke (EPFL) and Gebhard Schertler (PSI/ETH).
Promotion to Associate Professor of Photonicscongratulations to Rachel Grange!
First light in the SwissFEL Maloja endstation- on track for first experiments in 2021
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui, Milne, Wörner, Vaníček and Röthlisberger
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Filamentation of multi TW-class lasers (1TW = 1012 W) recently opened new perspectives in atmospheric research. Laser filaments are self-sustained light structures of typically 100 um diameter and up to hundreds of meters in length, widely extending the traditional linear diffraction limit. They stem from the dynamic balance between Kerr self-focusing and defocusing by the self-generated plasma and/or negative higher-order Kerr terms.
As filaments partially ionize the air, they can be used as conductors to trigger and guide electric discharges, and in particular lightning strikes. Within a large frame European project, called Laser Lightning Rod (, we intend to control lightning strikes in a field campaign on the top of the Santis mountain in 2020.
Additionally, we recently discovered that the optical transmission through clouds could be enhanced by laser filaments, at high average power levels (>100 W, >kHz). In this case, the shock waves induced by the filaments radially expel the droplets from the beam center in a quasi-continuous way, so that a cleared channel appears. The applications of such fog and cloud clearing are of paramount importance for recent programs on laser-based earth-to-satellite classical or quantum communications.

UniGE - PostDoc position in Filamentation of multi TW-class lasers - lightning guiding

Your job

In this framework, the Applied Physics Department opens a Post-Doc position, for joining our team on these experiments, and more specifically to contribute to the design and the organisation of the field campaigns.

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The required skills to apply to this position consist in a significant expertise in experimental non-linear optics and high intensity femtosecond lasers, a strong interest in atmospheric processes and meteorology and the desire to participate to field campaigns in an international environment.

We offer

The Post-Doc brutto salary amounts approximately 66380 CHF/year (58770 € at the current exchange rate of april 2019). Social charges amount typically 20%.
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