Fakultät für Physik




Computational Physics Seminar – Overview

  • Overview

About the lecture

Time and place

Thursday 16 - 18 c.t. Theresienstr. 37 in A249

Professors: Hartmut Ruhl, Armin Scrinzi

Initial meeting: Thursday, April 19

The general field of the topics is described further down. You are encouraged to find something related to this topics yourself. If you do not so, further concrete topics will be provided in the initial meeting.

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.


The dates and times are still subject to change. We can have one or two presentations per slot!

Date Topic Advisor

Apr 19

Assignment of topics


Apr. 26

Brief overview over topics


May 3

General discussion


May 10

LWA acceleration of electrons at large gamma factors


May 24

Molecular photo-ionization on the sub-femtosecond time scale. An interface from quantum chemistry to physics


May 31

UMPL in the particle code PSC


June 14



June 21

Simulation of pair production in strong colliding laser pulses


June 28

A novel Maxwell solver


July 5



July 12

Transient absorption spectroscopy


July 19



Please send all queries by e-mail to: hartmut.ruhl@physik.lmu.de and/or 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

-Atoms in strong fields, tunneling times, definitions and experimental realization.
-Strong field ionization of molecules, mechanisms, calculations.

-QED in strong fields.
-Relativistic plasma physics.
-Self-field effects.

B) Transport and quantum transport

-Fundamental concepts.
-Structure of transport equations.
-Phaenomena of 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) Numerical concepts in plasma physics

-Absorbing boundary conditions.
-Solvers for linear ODEs.
-Multiscale analysis.
-AMR techniques.
-Boundary conditions.
-Shock operators.
-Maxwell field solvers.
-Finite element methods.
-Event generatore.

F) Applications

-Free electron lasers.
-Fast ion generation with lasers.
-Fast electron generation with lasers.
-Generation of radiation.