Head of Research

Prof. Dr. Jens Biegert

Phone: +34 93 553 4059
Fax: +34 93 553 4000
E-mail: jens.biegert@icfo.eu

ICFO Contact:
Mrs. Sabina Semeraro
Phone: +34 93 553 4088
Fax: +34 93 553 4000
E-mail: sabina.semeraro@icfo.eu

Biography (short)

Jens Biegert received his PhD from the Technical University Munich, Germany, in 2001, and led the research group on ultrafast pulse generation and strong field physics at ETH Zurich from 2001 until 2006. In 2007 he was appointed ICREA Research Professor and heads the Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics group at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). He has over 100 journal publications, authored 5 chapters (2 chapters in encyclopedias), given over 80 invited talks and edited one book. He has served on several conference panels, as guest editor for the J. Mod. Optics, as editorial board member of the Int. Journal on Atomic Molecular, Condensate & Nano Physics and the Journal Optics. He is fellow of the German National Academic Foundation, was recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2001, the OSA Allen Price in 2004, was named Research Assistant Professor in the USA in 2001 and Research Professor in 2012 and Fellow of the Optical Society of America OSA in 2015.

Honors and Awards

2015 Fellow of the Optical Society of America for “pioneering work in the development of ultrashort and intense few cycle pulses in the midinfrared, and their use in analyzing the structure of molecules”.

2015 Division Chair elect Optical Interaction Science Division of the Optical Society of America and Board of Meetings at Optical Society of America.

2007 Allen Award of the Optical Society of America for “exceptional interdisciplinary contribution combining the field of coherent interactions and adaptive optics, leading to multiple wavelength guidestars”.

2001 Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Union for “Ultrashort laser pulses through pulse compression in harmonic generation” at the Ecole Polytechnique; declined because of ETH employment.

1999 – 2001 Dissertation Fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)

for “Two-color coherent multiphoton excitation of sodium”.

1995-1996 DAAD Foreign Exchange Fellowship with the University of New Mexico, U.S.A.

Teaching Activities

2008-present Barcelona Master and Ph.D. in Photonics – “Ultrafast and Ultraintense Laser Light”, “Ultrafast Laser Physics”

2011, 2013 International School on Quantum Electronics – “Atoms and Plasmas in Super-Intense Laser fields”, Erice, Italy

2009, 2011 School for Training in Experiments with Lasers and Laser Applications – STELLA

2007 Jorge Andre Swieca Graduate School of Quantum Optics and Nonlinear Optics, Brazil

2001-2006 Organization of the exams and problem courses for lectures in Quantum Electronics and Ultrafast Laser Physics.

2001-2006 Part-time lecturing in Quantum Electronics, Ultrafast Laser Physics and Experimental Physics

1998-2001 Graduate level optics laboratory – lab assistant

Professional Activities

Delegations Management Board Laserlab Europe; EU ESF COST MP1203; Networking Coordinator for Laserlab-Europe, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, OSA Board of Meetings, OSA Division Head Optical Interaction Science

Counseling Faculty Advisor for OSA Student Chapter ICONS; OSA Traveling Lecturer (2015 – present)

Conference Chair Int. Laser Physics Conference (2009); OSA HILAS (2012, 2014); OSA Siegmann School (2016)

Program Committee EQEC (2005, 2011, 2013), CLEO (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), ICONO/LAT (2010, 2013), Strong field Attosecond Science (2010), NLO50 (2012), Ultrafast Phenomena – UP (2012, 2014), SILAP (2009,2012, 2015), Ultrafast Optics – UFO (2013, 2015); OSA Siegmann School (2016); Nonlinear and Ultrafast Optics IEEE Photonics Conference (2017); International Commission for Optics (ICO-24) 2017.

Steering/Advisory Committee Int. Laser Physics Conference (2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015), FEMTO (2012), SILAP (2012,2015)

Editorial Boards Associate Editor AIP Photonics (2015 – present); J. Modern Optics (2010); Int. Journal on Atomic Molecular, Condensate & Nano Physics (2012 – present); Optics (2012 – present)

Contributions

  • World record shortest laser pulse – Opt. Lett. 28, 1987 (2003)
  • Single shot amplitude and phase pulse characterization at 1 kHz – Opt. Lett. 28, 281 (2003)
  • Pioneered mid-IR OPCPA – Opt. Lett. 28, 1987 (2003)
  • Amplification without gain narrowing – Opt. Lett. 29, 201 (2004)
  • Demonstrated CEP stable OPCPA – Opt. Lett., 29, 1 (2004)
  • Filamentation for pulse shortening – Opt. Exp. 13, 7541 (2005)
  • Strong field quantum control – Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 023003 (2004)
  • Measurement of HHG chirp – Phys. Rev. A. 70, 021801R (2004)
  • Self-compression in filamentation – Opt. Lett. 30, 2657 (2005)
  • Broadband mid-IR DFG – Opt. Lett. 32, 1138 (2007)
  • Quantum Path Interference – Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 143902 (2008)
  • Attoclock method – Nature Phys. 4, 565 (2008)
  • Tuneable HHG enhancement – Phys. Rev.  Lett. 104, 073901 (2010)
  • 3D pulse diagnostics – Opt. Lett. 63, 2803 (2011)
  • First fully coherent supercontinuum – Nature Commun. 3, 807, (2012)
  • Few cycle self compression – Opt. Exp. 21, 28095 (2013)
  • First 6 μm frequency comb – Opt. Lett. 39, 6883, (2014)
  • First XAFS measurement from a harmonics source – Opt. Lett. 39, 5383, (2014)
  • 2 μm high energy pump for OPCPA – Opt. Lett. 40, 451 (2014)
  • First isolation of attosecond pulses in the water window – Nature Commun. 6, 6611 (2015)
  • Laser electron diffraction imaging of polyatomic structure – Nature Commun. 6, 7273 (2015)
  • First deep infrared frequency comb – Nature Photonics 9, 721 (2015)