Fakultät für Physik




Attosecond Physics - Theory – Overview


About the lecture

Time and place

Wed 10-12 ct, Theresienstr. 37, A 249

Starts: October 19, 2011
Ends: February 8, 2012


Professor: A. Scrinzi
Room: A206
Phone: 089 / 2180-4608
Email: Armin.Scrinzi@lmu.de


The lecture introduces the theoretical tools used in attosecond physics and critically discusses a few key expriments

Interaction of strong fields with atoms and molecules: basic models, strong field ionization, high harmonic generation, classical vs. quantum mechanical models, Volkov-state based models and corrections, photo-electron spectra. Few-cycle pulses: the Carrier-Envelope phase, propagation. Attosecond XUV pulses: generation and detection, streaking, RABITT, FROG-CRAB. Key experiments: atomic transients, molecular imaging by re-collision electrons, electronic dynamics on solid surfaces, transient absorption spectra.

Review articles

  • M. Ivanov and F. Krausz, "Attosecond physics", Rev. of Mod. Phys. 81, 163 (2008)
  • A. Scrinzi, M. Ivanov, R. Kienberger, and D. Villeneuve, "Attosecond Physics, J. Phys. B 39, R1 (2006)
  • T. Brabec and F. Krausz, "Intense few-cycle laser fields: frontiers of nonlinear optics",Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 545 (2000)


  • Th. Brabec (Ed.): Strong field laser physics         
  • F. H. Faisal: Theory of Multiphoton Processes

Crediting of the course

Oral or written exam (depending on number of students) after the end of the course.