Ursula Keller wins “Swiss Nobel” Marcel Benoist Prize- for pioneering work in ultrafast lasers
MUST2022 Conference- a great success!
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Wörner, 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

ETH-FAST Lectures

The Infrastructures of the Future: Basic Science in Dynamic Regions

This symposium, held in Lund on October 17-18, 2017, was devoted to the future role of infrastructure in science. It included talks by invited speakers, including Prof. Ursula Keller, and researchers from Lund University.

Science depends on relevant infrastructures. Simultaneously, infrastructures stake out the future boundaries of science and innovation. How can research infrastructures be created that foster excellent research while also promoting innovation?
Among the invited speakers:
- Chi-Chang Kao, Director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,
- Ursula Keller, Professor at ETH Zürich (Complexity, know-how and resources: How to stay competitive and innovative with research efforts that go beyond the possibilities of a single professorship) Talk Keller Lund 17oct17 (27.21 MB)
- Matthias Uhlén, Professor at KTH

Research and Innovation for the Industry of the Future
Research and innovation do not end with the creation of ideas and know-how. We will discuss what is needed to create a flourishing ecosystem that fosters new companies, creates jobs, builds and attracts competence, and that integrates research, development and production.
Among the Invited speakers:
- Curtis R Carlson, former President and CEO of Stanford Research Institute International
- Dr. Heike Riel, IBM Fellow and Executive Director of IBM Research Frontiers Institute
- Magnus Ryde, Chairman of the Board of Sol Voltaics AB

Infrastructures in Society
High hopes are often bound to research infrastructure from a number of perspectives. But how do we know that they will function as planned? Can there be any guarantees that investments in research infrastructures are well spent?
Among the invited speakers:
- Helga Nowotny, former President of the European Research Council
- Dominique Pestre, Professor at Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) Paris
- Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience


Ultrafast electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and plasmas

A Lecture Course "Strong Field Laser Interaction" is given by Dr. A. Landsman in Spring Semester 2013 - For lecture notes see »» (not yet available)

The course will be a theoretical overview of ultrafast science both from a "detector" and a "source" perspective. On the detector side, we will learn how to reconstruct electron dynamics inside atoms and molecules from experimental data. Particular emphasis will be given to Strong Field Approximation (SFA) and the tunnelling model, which are widely used to interpret today's experiments. On the source side, we will study the possibility of production of attosecond pulses by interaction of intense laser fields with plasmas. Plasmas are currently the most viable alternative to obtaining higher intensity, shorter pulses than currently possible with other methods. The relativistic regime in laser-plasma interaction is very different from what is encountered in conventional strong field physics, and also applies to Free Electron Lasers.

Strong Field Laser Ionization

A Lecture Course "Strong Field Laser Interaction" is given by Dr. A. Landsman in Spring Semester 2012 - For lecture notes see »»

The course is a theoretical introduction to strong field laser ionization of atoms and molecules. Common approaches to analyzing ionization events will be presented, including Keldysh, Strong-Field and others. The aim is to both understand ionization from a theoretical perspective and to put into context recent experimental results. With this in mind, important phenomena created by strong field ionization, such as high harmonic generation (HHG) and Rydberg state creation will be explained. Among the fundamental physics questions addressed will be the much debated question of tunneling time in ionization, defining tunneling time and relating it to recent experimental measurement and theoretical literature.

Laser-Atom Interactions

A Lecture Course "Laser-Atom Interactions" is given by Dr. A. Landsman in Spring Semester 2011 - For lecture notes see »»

The course will focus on theoretical approaches to ionization of atoms and molecules. The strong field approximation, as well as the general theory of adiabatic approximations will be presented. Some of the relevant mathematical tools, such as saddle-point approximation, perturbation theory, and WKB will be explained and applied to derive well-known tunnel ionization formulas. Over the barrier regime will also be analyzed. Reasons for the break-down of standard approximations will be given and alternative methods that take account of Coulomb and other higher-order effects presented. In addition, the role of non-adiabatic effects will be addressed, dealing with the regime where the Keldysh parameter is on the order of or greater than one. Ionization of molecules, where the break-down of standard approximations is particularly relevant, will also be discussed.

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