Attosecond Science

Real time observation of electron dynamics in matter

We develop advanced attosecond technologies to investigate the light-activated dynamics of matter with extreme time resolution. In particular, the main goal of our research is to track and ideally control the electronic motion in systems of increasing complexity, from simple molecules to biochemically relevant molecules and nanoparticles.

Recent highlights

Andrea Trabattoni became Helmholtz Young Investigator

06 November 2020

Our team leader Andrea Trabattoni was awarded the Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups Program. Andrea will create a new team within our group and study the photo-induced electron dynamics involved in nuclear transitions.

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The CFEL-ATTO group will host Dr. Caterina Vozzi

20 October 2020

The CFEL-ATTO group will have the pleasure to host Dr. Caterina Vozzi in the framework of this year’s Mildred Dresselhaus prize. Dr. Vozzi will be visiting the group for a period of 5 months in 2021 to work on attosecond x-ray spectroscopy beyond the state-of-the-art for the study of ultrafast charge dynamics in molecules of biological interest.

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Controlled strong-field ionization in Lithium Niobate

10 July 2020

The CFEL-ATTO group collaborated in experiments aimed at controlling the ionization of LiNbO3 with strong-field lasers, gaining new insights on the role of microscopic material properties in this fundamental process through femtosecond laser-ablation, a technique often employed in high-resolution micromachining of materials.

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Record compression delivers ultra-short laser pulses

06 May 2020

The CFEL-ATTO group collaborated in an experiment to compress a high-average-power laser’s high-energy pulses from 1.2 ps down to 13 fs duration, opening up new possibilities for ultrafast physics and plasma acceleration.

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Francesca Calegari is German co-spokesperson of the HELIOS international graduate school

07 February 2020

Francesca Calegari is German co-spokesperson of the new “Helmholtz-Lund International Graduate School” (HELIOS).

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