Theoretical Femtosecond Physics (Summer 2024)

TU Dresden | Sommersemester 2024 Theoretical Femtosecond Physics

Atoms and molecules in strong laser fields

Course starts on the 9th of April 2024 

Lectures: Tuesday 9:20-10:50:  BZW A120

                Thursday 9:20-10:50, every second week:   BZW A120

Exercises: Thursday 9:20-10:50, every second week: BZW A120


Vertiefungsvorlesung, 3 hours lecture and 1 hour exercise classes per week.

Laying the theoretical  foundations for understanding modern laser-matter interaction phenomena in atomic and molecular systems.

Preliminary contents of the lecture: ultrafast laser-matter interaction

  • minimal coupling und two-level systems (TLS), rotating-wave approximation, pi-pulses, Landau-Zener transitions, counter-diabatic driving, Floquet energies of TLS
  • atoms in ultrafast laser fields: generation of attosecond pulses, tunnel- and multiphoton-ionisation, strong-field approximation, simple-man model, half-cycle pulses
  • molecules in ultrafast laser fields: Born-Oppenheimer approximation and potential energy surfaces, ionisation und dissociation of homonuclear molecules, two-dimensional spectroscopy, coherent control of molecular dynamics


This is also a general lecture for IMPRS-QDC:

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