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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


Graduate Research Training Group 2905 funded

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The new Graduate Research Training Group 2905 - "Ultrafast nanoscopy - from single particle dynamics to cooperative processes" - will be funded for five years.

The program will start April 2024 and allows graduate researchers to unveil the internal dynamics of the elementary building blocks of matter. Novel concepts of nanovideography will be pioneered to resolve atomic-scale dynamics and to trace ensuing cooperative processes in systems of increasing complexity directly in ultraslow-motion pictures. The discoveries could find applications in future nano- and optoelectronics, quantum technologies and green technologies.

Press release (UR) in German and English.
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Josef Freudenstein receives IRMMW-THz 2023 best student presentation award

We congratulate Josef Freudenstein on winning the first prize of the best student presentation award of the 2023 International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz) in Montréal.

The prize honours original contributions to the conference from outstanding student attendees and was awarded for his talk titled “Attoclocking delocalized Bloch electrons with multi-terahertz fields".
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Our latest review on lightwave electronics in condensed matter has appeared

In collaboration with Mackillo Kira and Markus Borsch from the University of Michigan, we have reviewed the field of lightwave electronics ranging from high-harmonic generation to subcycle imaging concepts.

The review has been published in Nature Reviews Materials.
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Best Lecture Award & Best Tutor Award

Our lecture on physics of atoms and molecules was awarded with the Best Lecture Award of the Faculty of Physics. Martin Zizlsperger also received the Best Tutor Award, congratulations!

Image (from left to right): Markus Huber (front), Rupert Huber (back), Carmen Roelcke, Simon Maier (front), Marlene Liebich (back), Felix Schiegl, Manuel Meierhofer, Martin Zizlsperger (inset)
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How electrons dress up in light

In close collaboration with the group of Ulrich Höfer (University of Marburg), we observed the ultrafast birth, rise, and collapse of a Floquet-Bloch band structure, for the first time. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy combined with atomically strong light fields revealed that Floquet-Bloch bands form already after a single optical cycle and play an intriguing role in high-harmonic generation. These surprising findings pave the way to tailored quantum functionalities and ultrafast electronics. Theoretical modeling by Michael Schüler (Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen) and Michael Sentef (MPI Hamburg) convincingly supported the conclusions.

The results have been published in Nature.
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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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June 2024
Coverstory in Nature Photon.

May 2024
Publication in Nature

July 2023
Launch of the ERC project Orbital Cinema