Strong Field Physics aims to explore fascinating and novel regimes involving the interaction of high-intensity lasers with solid or gaseous matter.

At Friedrich Schiller University, Ultrahigh Peak Power Lasers, Nonlinear & Relativistic Laser Physics, and X-ray Optics constitute the fundamental research branches in the field of Strong Field Physics. The research activities encompass efforts of theoretical modelling and high-end experimental setup to explore fundamental effects in the realms of high-power and ultrashort wavelenghts laser radiation, including nonlinear and relativistic light-matter interaction platforms.

Co-operated by the Helmholtz Institute Jena, the Friedrich Schiller University operates two ultrahigh peak power lasers: While the high-power laser system JETI is a conventional Titanium:Sapphire laser, the fully diode-pumped system POLARIS has been entirely designed, developed and commissioned and is currently the most powerful, diode-pumped system worldwide.

Research groups

  • Attosecond Laser Physics
    Jun. Prof. Dr. Adrian N. Pfeiffer
  • Atomic Physics with Highly Charged Ions
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöhlker
  • Laser-Particle Acceleration
    Prof. Dr. Matt Zepf
  • Nonlinear Optics
    Prof. Dr. Gerhard G. Paulus
  • Numerical Relativity
    Prof. Dr. Bernd Brügmann 
  • Quantum Electronics
    Prof. Dr. Christian Spielmann
  • Quantum Field Theory
    Prof. Dr. Holger Gies
  • Quantum Physics
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Wipf
  • Relativistic Astrophysics
    Prof. Dr. Reinhard Meinel
  • Relativistic Laser Physics
    Prof. Dr. Malte Kaluza
  • Relativistic Quantum Dynamics
    Prof. Dr. Stephan Fritzsche
  • Strong Field Nanophotonics
    Dr. Daniil Kartashov
  • Theoretical Chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Stefanie Gräfe
  • X-Ray Optics
    Prof. Dr. Eckhart Förster
  • X-ray Spectroscopy and Microscopy (Junior Research Group)
    Dr. Jan Rothhardt


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