136.021 Attosecond physics Canceled
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Aim of course

With the advent of ultrashort light pulses with durations of less than 100 attoseconds (1 as = 10e-18 s) the direct observation and control of electronic motion in atoms, molecules has come into reach enabling a whole new field of research called attosecond physics.

This lecture provides an introduction into the theoretical and experimental methods of attosecond physics, i.e. the study of ultrafast electronic dynamics.

Subject of course

Basic processes in the interaction of laser pulses with atoms and molecules, e.g.:

  • ionization mechanisms
  • electron spectra
  • high harmonic radiation

Methods to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for atoms and molecules in strong laser fields

Introduction to ultrafast laser technology and nonlinear optics, e.g.:

  • creation of ultrashort laser pulses
  • pulse propagation in matter
  • optical parametric amplification
  • control over the electric field of laser pulses (phase stabilization)

Creation and characterization of attosecond pulses

Typical applications of attosecond pulses and key experiments



Examination modalities

oral or written exam (alternatively).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.03.2019 00:00 04.07.2019 00:00 04.07.2019 00:00

Registration modalities

Register in TISS (unregistering will be possible throughout the whole semester).



Slides used during the lecture will be made available in TISS (lecture registration required).

Previous knowledge

Basic knowledge of quantum theory and electrodynamics.