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Prestigious award for Ferenc Krausz

9 Feb 2022

Professor Ferenc Krausz has been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize in Physics. The Hungarian-Austrian physicist receives the prize for his pioneering contributions to ultrafast laser science and attosecond physics.

In 2001 Ferenc Krausz , Chair of Experimental Physics – Laser Physics at LMU Munich and Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and his team at the Vienna University of Technology succeeded for the first time in experimentally generating and measuring individual light flashes of extreme ultraviolet light that were only attoseconds long (an attosecond is one billionth of a billionth of a second). The results marked the beginning of attosecond physics and set a milestone in science. The attosecond light flashes made it possible for the first time to make the ultrafast movements of electrons visible, to photograph them, so to speak. In recent years, Ferenc Krausz and his colleagues have succeeded in making numerous real-time film recordings of the movement of electrons in molecules and atoms.

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