Published: 4 November 2015, 15:48 | By: Christian Helgert
The International Year of Light spots at Jena with another highlight: on November 5, 2015 Professor Anne L'Huillier from Lund University, will be awarded with a honorary doctorate of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy. Among many of her pioneering discoveries, it was Anne L'Huillier who discovered the high harmonic generation of laser light in an efficient way and down to ultrashort wavelengths in the x-ray regime. Today, this method is amply used in many laser laboratories worldwide, enabling e.g. laser-like light in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray range and thus entirely new methods of spectroscopy and microscopy. The whole branch of attosecond laser physics is built on the high harmonic generation tools established by L'Huillier. Remarkably, only at ACP in Jena, there are six research groups and chairs who use the findings on the production and use of such ultrashort, ultrafast, coherent radiation.
Anne L'Huillier was born in Paris and studied physics and mathematics in France. Her academic career began in Saclay (France), whereas later research stays brought her to the USA and Sweden. Since 1997, she has been appointed as professor of atomic physics at Lund University. Her fundamental scientific works have been honored with numerous awards, including the Carl Zeiss Research Award (2013), twice with an "Advanced Grant" of the European Research Council (2008 and 2014) and the Blaise Pascal Medal for Physics at the European Academy of Sciences (2013). She is a member of the French Legion of Honour (winner of the highest Order of Merit of France), and since 2007 a member of the Nobel Committee.
To confer the honorary doctorate to Professor Anne L'Huillier, the public is welcome to attend the ceremony on November 5 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy (Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena).