Our research involves the interaction of very short laser pulses (measured in "femtoseconds" or millionths of billionths of a second) with matter. On this time scale even the motion of light comes to a grinding halt: in one femtosecond light moves only a few thousandths of the diameter of a hair! The short duration of these laser pulses allows us to study phenomena that are inaccessible to any other means of detection.
Our work is of both fundamental interest and technological relevance, and crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries between physics, chemistry, materials science, and optics. We invite you to explore the areas describing our work, all of which are accompanied by non-technical explanations.