Franz Kärtner is Professor of Physics at the University of Hamburg and he leads the Ultrafast Optics & X-rays group at DESY. His main area of research is the control of photons and electrons with ever increasing precision, currently in the attosecond range with the goal to advance ultrafast light and electron sources from the THz to the X-ray wavelength range. The sources can be of table-top size or large-scale X-FELs that enable new techniques to advance our understanding of the structure and function of matter. Key areas are: femtosecond to attosecond precision timing distribution systems; cryogenic lasers producing ultra-short high-energy (Joule) pulses at high-average-power (kW) and nano-plasmonic field-emitter arrays. These technologies are combined to construct multi-octave-wide high-energy lightwaves or coherent free-electron lasers employing optical undulators to produce attosecond soft and hard X-ray pulses.

Academic career

Since 2011 Professor of Physics, University of Hamburg and Head Ultrafast Optics and X-Rays Division,  DESY and Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
2011-2015 Adjunct Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, USA
2005-2010 Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, USA
2001-2005 Associate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, USA
1999-2001 Professor Electrical Engineering and Information Technology,  KIT, Karlsruhe
1998-1999 Visiting Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, USA
1993-1997 Habilitation in Experimental Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1991-1993 Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, MIT, USA
1989-1991 Postdoctoral Associate, Technical University of Munich
1986-1989 PhD Microwave Engineering, Technical University of Munich
1985-1986 Diploma in Microwave Engineering, Technical University of Munich
1981-1985 Student Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Munich
1979-1980 Student Dept. of Power Engineering, University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg

 

Memberships

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers  (IEEE)
Optical Society of America (OSA)
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
American Physical Society (APS)
German Physical Society (DPG)
Scientific Advisory Committee of Max-Born Institute, Berlin
Editorial Board of Journal of Physics B