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Welcome to the Huber group at the University of Regensburg!

Many of the fundamental laws and unexpected phenomena in condensed matter physics are caused by extremely fast dynamics of electrons and ions on the femtosecond time (1 fs = 10-15 s) and terahertz frequency scale (1 THz = 1012 Hz). Unravelling such ultrafast processes is the main interest of our research. We develop next-generation, high-intensity femtosecond laser sources and THz technology, and employ them to explore novel femtophysics.

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Latest News


Atomic-scale telegraphy with light

© Brad Baxley, PtW

We have discovered an entirely unforeseen quantum-mechanical contrast mechanism that finally enables all-optical microscopy to achieve atomic resolution while retaining subcycle temporal precision. This new concept allows us to directly trace the quantum flow of electrons on their intrinsic length and time scales.

The results obtained in a close collaboration with the group of Jan Wilhelm (University of Regensburg) have appeared in Nature. ... more


Quantum dance to the beat of a drum

© Brad Baxley, PtW

We have established ultrafast scanning tunnelling spectroscopy on the femtosecond time, atomic length and milli-electron-volt energy scale. This has allowed us to directly resolve the energy shift of a single atomic defect in a monolayer of tungsten diselenide due to drum-like phonon vibrations.

The results obtained in a close collaboration with the groups of Jascha Repp (University of Regensburg) and Jan Wilhelm (University of Regensburg) have appeared in Nature Photonics.... more


Mode-multiplexing deep-strong light-matter coupling

In close collaboration with the groups of Dominique Bougeard (UR) and Christoph Lange (TU Dortmund), we were able to reach record-breaking, deep-strong light-matter coupling with a coupling strength of up to 3.19. This, for the first time, creates vacuum ground state populations exceeding 1 virtual excitation quantum.

The results have been published in Nature Communications.... more


Best Lecture Award

Our lecture on Light Matter Interaction was awarded with the Best Lecture Award of the Faculty of Physics. Image (from left to right): Manuel Meierhofer, Rupert Huber, Simon Maier, Marlene Liebich
Missing: Markus Huber... more


Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Joshua Mornhinweg

Congratulations to Joshua Mornhinweg for being awarded the prestigious “Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship” from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation!

The fellowship recognizes Joshua’s outstanding scientific work on deep-strong light-matter coupling and will allow Joshua to join the group of Prof. Federico Capasso at Harvard University to work on novel “polaritonic and superconducting reconfigurable THz metasurfaces”.
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Funding agencies

Our group regularly receives funding from national and international research agencies. Among them are:

The German Science Foundation

with funding for SFB 1277, as well as smaller grants (HU1598) and major instrumentation

The European Research Council

through several grants, including ERC grant 101071259 (Orbital Cinema), ERC grant 305003 (QUANTUMsubCYCLE) and ERC grant 681379 (SPRINT)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

with several current and past fellowships, including funding for N. Nilforoushan

The German Federal Republic and the Free State of Bavaria

funding the Regensburg Center for Ultrafast Nanoscopy according to Art. 91b Abs. 1 Satz 1 GG

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May 2024
Publication in Nature

July 2023
Launch of the ERC project Orbital Cinema