Prof. Dr. Pierre Agostini


Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsAtomic Physics, Molecular Physics, Laser Physics
KeywordsDouble ionization, innershell ionization, two-color fields, two-photon processes

Current contact address

CountryUnited States of America
InstitutionOhio State University
InstituteDepartment of Physics

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SandnerMax-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (MBI), Berlin
Dr. Horst RottkeMax-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie (MBI), Berlin
Start of initial sponsorship01/04/2004


2003Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Super-intense laser pulses being for tiny fractions of a second as powerful as a nation's power stations, reveal a wealth of unexpected physical phenomena when interacting with single atoms. This for instance led to groundbreaking new sources of radiation. Dr. Pierre Agostini is a leading expert in this research. He conducted experiments starting the field and, most recently, was among the first to generate light pulses shorter than a billionth of a millionth of a second (femtosecond). He plans to utilize such light for the exploration of electron-electron correlations in atoms.