Ferenc Krausz
Born (1962-05-17) 17 May 1962 (age 61)
Known forFirst attosecond light source
AwardsWolf Prize in Physics (2022)
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2022)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2023)
Scientific career
FieldsAttosecond physics
ThesisErzeugung ultrakurzer Lichtimpulse in Neodymium-Glaslasern (1991)
Doctoral advisorArnold Schmidt [de][1]

Ferenc Krausz (born 17 May 1962[2]) is a Hungarian physicist working in attosecond science. He is a director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and a professor of experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. His research team has generated and measured the first attosecond light pulse and used it for capturing electrons' motion inside atoms, marking the birth of attophysics.[2] In 2023, jointly with Pierre Agostini and Anne L'Huillier, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Academic career

From 1981 until 1985 Krausz studied theoretical physics at Eötvös Loránd University and electrical engineering at the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary.[3] From 1987 to 1991 he graduated with a PhD at the Technical University of Vienna, in Austria,[3][4] and from 1991 to 1993 he also did his habilitation there.[3] 1996–1998 he became associate professor,[3] from 1999 until 2004 professor of electrical engineering at the same institute.[3]

In 2003 he was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching,[5] and in 2004 became chair of experimental physics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[3]

Honors and awards


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  5. ^ a b "Otto Hahn Prize for Ferenc Krausz". www.mpq.mpg.de. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  6. ^ "Leibniz Prize". www.lmu.de. Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  7. ^ "Progress Medal". Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  8. ^ "2009 Fellows Optica". www.optica.org. Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  9. ^ "Thomson Reuters Forecasts Nobel Prize Winners". www.prnewswire.com (Press release). Reuters. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
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  11. ^ "The first 2019 Vladilen Letokhov Medal goes to Ferenc Krausz". European Physical Society. Archived from the original on 17 April 2022.
  12. ^ "The Frontiers of Knowledge Award goes to Anne L'Huillier, Paul Corkum and Ferenc Krausz for enabling subatomic particles to be observed in motion over the shortest time scale captured by science". Premios Fronteras. 22 February 2023. Retrieved 21 November 2023.