Peter Hommelhoff

Peter Hommelhoff

2022 2022 Speaker | Circle

Peter Hommelhoff’s current research interests span from laser-based nanophotonic particle acceleration via attosecond science to quantum-enhanced electron microscopy. He is professor of physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) in Erlangen, Germany. From 2007 to 2012, he was head of a Max Planck Research Group at MPI for Quantum Optics in Garching. Prior to this, he did a four-year postdoctoral stint in Mark Kasevich’s group at Stanford University, pioneering ultrafast nanometer electron source. From 1999 through 2002 he worked on this PhD under the supervision of Theodor Hänsch at LMU Munich, demonstrating Bose-Einstein condensation in an atomic chip trap. In 1999 he obtained the Dipl. Phys. ETH from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and in 1997 the pre-diploma from Technical University Berlin. Hommelhoff has won an ERC Consolidator and an ERC Advanced Grant, the 2020 Leibinger Innovation Award (2nd Prize jointly with R. L. Byer from Stanford) and the 2022 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Association (DFG).

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