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Ultrafast Physics 2

Module PH2159

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2017

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2022SS 2021WS 2019/20SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017SS 2012

Basic Information

PH2159 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2019.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2159 in the version of SS 2017 was Reinhard Kienberger.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Sources and methods of ultrafast physics will be introduced:

  • ultrashort pulse lasers in the visible, UV and IR
  • amplification, manipulation and full characterization of ultrashort light pulses
  • generation of high-order harmonics in the XUV and attosecond pulses
  • synchrotrons and FELs
  • ultrafast spectroskopie, pump/probe methods, attosecond techniques

applications of ultrafast physics will be discussed

  • electron dynamics in gases, molecules, solids and layered surface systems
  • ultrafast dynamics in water, molecular systems and dyes

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the students know sources of ultrafast physics, understand methods of ultrafast physics and know fields of applications in ultrafast physics.


No special requirements other than enrollment in masters course.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • What pulse energy of a 5 fs pulse do you need to obtain 10^15 W/cm^2 at a focus of 200 um?
  • How broad does the reflectivity spectrum of an XUV mirror (100 eV) have to be to support a pulse duration of 200 as?

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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