Fakultät für Physik




Advanced Seminar: Laser-Matter Interactions – Overview

  • Overview

Current Problems of the Theory of Laser-Matter Interactions

About the lecture

Time and place

Thursday / 04:00 - 06:00 p. m. / Theresienstraße 37 (A), A 449

Professors: Hartmut Ruhl, Armin Scrinzi

Initial meeting: Thursday, May 5

Slides of first seminar - Introduction, schedule, and selected topics

Most topics can be treated more analytically or more computationally / numerically, depending on your preferences. You can do literature work, analytical work, or write functioning codes.


One or two presentations per unit

Date Topic Advisor

May 5

Presentation of topics


May 12

Pair production

H. Ruhl

May 19

Status reports

F. Deutschmann, B. Waschneck

May 26

Absorbing boundaries: the irECS method

Liang Tao

June 9

Free electron lasing


June 16

Status reports

P. Böhl, C. Klier

June 30

Pair creation and strong fields

Numerical solution of the TDSE/Solving the time dependent Schröder equation on the computer

Patrick Böhl


Philip Goecke

July 7

Laser wake fields

Vasil Bratanov

July 14

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July 21

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Khalid Iqbal

July 28

Free electron lasing

Johannes Bendlin

Please send all queries by e-mail to: armin.scrinzi@physik.lmu.de

The seminar will be credited if:

(a) at least one presentation is given,

(b) all presentations (missing 2 at most) have been attended,

(c) the student actively participated in discussions.

General topics:

A) Elementary processes in strong fields

Tunneling times - definitions and experimental realization. Strong field ionization of molecules - mechanisms, calculations.

-QED in strong fields
-Relativistic plasma physics
-Energy deposition
-Light pressure

B) Quantum transport

-Fundamental concepts
-Structure of transport equations
-Phaenomena of quantum transport

C) Attosecond physics

Ultrafast imaging techniques: single shot diagnostics, Coulomb explosion. Molecular excitation in photo-ionization processes
Laser fields at solid surfaces

Surface harmonics, Flying mirrors

Keldysh theory: photo-ionization and transport
Sub-femtosecond electronic (de-)excitation processes

D) Laser-solid interactions

Fermi surface mapping: theory, experiment
Transport in solids: non-equilibrium, Green's functions methods
Dynamical mean field theory. Boltzmann equations

E) Numeric procedures used in plasma physics

Absorbing boundary conditions
Solvers for linear ODEs

-MS Analysis
-AMR Techniques
-Boundary conditions
-Shock operators
-Maxwell field solvers

F) Applications

-Free electron lasers
-Fast ion generation with lasers
-Fast Ignition at ultra-high laser fields
-Laser-based generation of radiation


Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Armin Scrinzi