Ferenc Krausz studied electrical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and theoretical physics at the Eötvös-Loránd University in Budapest. In 1991 he received his doctoral degree in Quantum Electronics at the Vienna University of Technology. In 1998 he was appointed full professor at the Vienna University of Technology and in 2000 he became director at the centre for “Advanced Light Sources”.
In 2003 Dr. Krausz was offered the position of director at the Max- Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, where he leads the
Professor Krausz’ research is focused on ultrashort-pulse lasers, ultrafast spectroscopy, high-field physics, attosecond physics: control and real-time observation of atomic-scale motion of electrons, development of compact laser-driven sources of brilliant X-ray and particle beams for medical applications.
Professor Krausz has been the recipient of numerous scientific awards and prizes and is a member of many scientific societies and academies such as the Austrian and Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg (Austria).
Recent advances in laser science have opened the door to watching and controlling the fastest dynamics in nature (outside the atomic core), the motion of electrons. Key tools include waveform-controlled few-cycle laser light and attosecond pulses of extreme ultraviolet and soft-X-ray light. They provide a force capable of steering electrons inside and between atoms as well as means of tracking their motion. Next-generation femtosecond technology will dramatically advance these tools and push the frontiers of exploring and controlling the microcosm.“Attosecond Physics” Division. In 2004, he took over a Chair of Experimental Physics at the LMU Munich; in 2006 he was appointed a Director of the Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics.