Lumas group send-off for Chris Lantigua

Today, we celebrated Chris’s departure for his SCGSR Fellowship stay at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with a group lunch outing. We look forward to continuing to work with Chris, and his SCGSR advisor Prof. Matthias Kling, as he develops new optical field sampling technologies for the Linac Coherent Light Source!
Five people eating lunch outside a restaurant on a sunny day

Chau and Didar graduate with their PhDs!

Congratulations to Dr. Chau Truong and Dr. Didarul Alam for successfully completing their PhDs! Chau defended her dissertation “Progress towards Attosecond Science with a Turn-key Industrial-grade Ytterbium Laser” in November, while Didar defended his dissertation “Probing Electron Correlations with First-Principles Calculations of The High-Harmonic Spectrum in Solids”  (co-supervised with Dr. Volodymyr Turkowski) in August. Both of them attended the Fall commencement ceremonies, where Mike hooded them!


We had a great time at the CLEO conference in San Jose last week, meeting up with old friends and making new friends! We were well represented: Mike gave an invited talk; Chau, Troie, and Dipendra gave contributed talks; Christian gave a postdeadline talk; and Troie and Didar presented posters (with associated lightning talks)! Some of us also had the opportunity to visit labs at SLAC and UC Berkeley.

Chris Lantigua presents at UFO XIII

Graduate student Chris Lantigua presented his work “Average Power Scaling of Pulse Compression in Molecular Gas-Filled Hollow Core Fibers” at the UFO XIII conference in Bariloche, Argentina! His presentation was selected for the 2nd place prize for Best Student Presentation! Congratulations, Chris!

Yangyang Liu moves to HUST

Postdoctoral researcher Yangyang Liu has moved on to a faculty position at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. We will miss Yangyang, but we look forward to celebrating the successes of his new group and future collaborations!

Article on HHG in strongly-correlated materials published in Phys Rev B!

Our article “Electron-electron interactions and high-order harmonics in solids” was published online in Physical Review B (! This work, led by PhD student Didarul Alam, uses ab initio computational techniques to study the behavior of high-order harmonics in strongly-correlated solids. Congrats to Didar on his first publication!