Electrons and light waves - together against diseases


At this event organised by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology together with the OVE, the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Ferenc Krausz, will offer an exciting insight into this current topic.

At the beginning of the new millennium, "attosecond photography" was developed at the Vienna University of Technology. Now, for the first time, it was possible to generate attosecond flashes by controlling light oscillations and to use these new tools to track and control the fastest phenomena in nature: the movement of electrons and their interaction with light waves. An exciting foray into previously inaccessible dimensions of space and time. Quantum phenomena, such as the tunnelling of electrons and oscillations of atomic antennas, as well as fundamental phenomena of classical physics, such as the oscillation of light waves, became accessible to human observation.
Attosecond physics and its innovative laser technologies open up completely new avenues for science, technology and medicine in the 21st century. These include the prospect of electronics that are hundreds of thousands of times faster and cost-effective monitoring of human health.

Ferenc Krausz

graduated in electrical engineering from the Budapest University of Technology. He then completed his studies in theoretical physics at the Eötvös Loránd University in 1985.
He obtained his doctorate in laser physics at the TU Wien (1991), where he became a professor in 1998. Since 2003, he has been Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and holds the Chair of Experimental Physics - Laser Physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University.
He leads his attoworld team (attoworld.de) at both of these locations.

In a series of experiments carried out between 2001 and 2004, he and his team succeeded in generating and measuring isolated attosecond light pulses and using them to observe subatomic movements.
His attoworld team at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is promoting the spread of the emerging field of attosecond science and has been researching its benefits for human health research since 2015.
For his contributions to the establishment of attosecond science, Ferenc Krausz has been honoured with the international King Faisal Prize for Science (2013), the Wolf Prize for Physics (2022), the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2023) and the Nobel Prize for Physics (2023).


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