Colloquia & Guest Speakers

Femtosecond Fieldoscopy

Hanieh Fattahi, Associated Investigator for the Topic "Quantum Optics and Ultrafast Dynamics", Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Monday, September 25, 2023
12:45 p.m.

Presented in-person in Goergen 101 and on Zoom

Zoom Information

Meeting ID: 952 7674 7247
Passcode: 964579


In my research group, Femtosecond Fieldoscopy, we address two pivotal challenges of our time. Firstly, at a foundational level, we strive to break through existing limitations in sensing and imaging. This endeavor not only paves the way for in-depth studies of both soft matter and solids but also enhances our ability to detect major contributors to greenhouse gases. Secondly, on a global scale, we recognize that a staggering 75% of global emissions can be attributed to the energy sector's outdated and unsustainable practices. There's an urgent need to innovate and transition towards sustainable energy generation methods to counteract the looming climate crisis. Leveraging the cutting-edge third-generation femtosecond technology combined with a unique electric-field sensing technique, we address the above-mentioned challenges in four distinct areas:

  • Super-resolution imaging of soft matter
  • Precise atmospheric sensing
  • Advanced strong-field tomography
  • Development of high-efficiency solar lasers

This talk is dedicated to the pioneering efforts of my group on these fronts. 


Headshot of Hanieh Fattahi.
Milind Rajadhyaksha

Hanieh Fattahi studied Applied physics at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and received her PhD in Physics at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in 2015. She is the recipient of the Minerva fast-track scholarship of the Max Planck Society in 2016 and was elected as a member of “Schiemann Kolleg” in 2017. She has been a visiting scientist of the Chemistry department of Harvard University and Oxford University. Since 2020, she is leading her independent research group at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen. She is also a fellow of Max Planck center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics in Ottawa, and Max Planck School of Photonics.