The Future of Ultrashort Laser Pulses
LEX Photonics scientists around PhD student Hanieh Fattahi recently demonstrated in a design study that third-generation femtosecond technology will allow to study the motion of subatomic particles with unprecedented precision.
Next-generation approaches to the production of ultrashort flashes of laser light – the so-called third generation of femtosecond laser pulses – are stimulating further advances in the investigation of ultrafast processes in the realm of the microcosmos. In the foreseeable future, the new techniques will permit the motions of subatomic particles to be observed in far greater detail than has been possible hitherto. In the new journal Optica, published under the auspices of the Optical Society of America, researchers led by Prof. Ferenc Krausz of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), together with a team based at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU), in Munich describe the underlying technology and the prospects that it will open up.