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New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui, Milne and Wörner
New scientific highlights- from MUST researchers at PSI
Promotion to full professorcongratulations to Steve Johnson!
The Laser at 60: Ursula KellerOPN interviewed OSA Fellows
Former EPFL PhD student Edoardo Baldini wins the 2020 ACS PHYS Division Young Investigator Awards
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Banerji, Chergui and Wolf
Prix de l'innovation AGROVINA 2020- for Agrolase: detecting spores of pathogens in real time
Ruth Signorell receives the Humboldt Prize- awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and teaching
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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.

Your profile

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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