MBI-Mitarbeiter - Persönliche Daten


  • Department Head B3 (acting) "Laser Development"
  • Project Coordinator 4.2 "Application Laboratories and Technology Transfer"


During the last 15 years my research was concentrated on high field physics and laser driven matter acceleration. Focus was put on laser driven ion beam generation, source characterization, energy transformation processes in context with acceleration mechanisms. As a specific method proton imaging was developed further to study relativistic plasma dynamics. Furthermore project work was realized in laser driven electron acceleration, in operation and parameter improvement of high intensity laser systems.

In my physics diploma and PhD-work I studied deep temperature effects of electronic carrier mobility in metal oxide-oxide semiconductor structures. I got the chance to change to laser-plasma physics and started with ns-laser driven plasmas and its dynamics. These research activities comprised especially incoherent soft X-ray emission characteristics, related plasma diagnostic and colliding plasma interaction. With the advent of chirped-pulse amplification lasers my activities moved to interaction experiments with ps-, fs- and few cycle laser pulses. Special attention was paid to incoherent hard X-ray emission from laser plasmas in connection with energy transport, coherent XUV-emission from high density (X-ray laser) and gaseous density (high harmonic emission) plasmas, as well as to incoherent EUV-emission in connection with the dynamics of fs- laser exploded clusters and fusion neutron diagnostics in spray and spherical micro-droplet experiments. During the last years effects of collective electron dynamics in relativistic laser fields allowed to study several new findings in ion, electron and high harmonic emission.

In the face of completing relativistic plasma and ultra-high intensity laser physics projects at MBI I am looking forward to new tasks.

Curriculum vitae

since 2007: Department head (acting), MBI, Berlin

2001: Habilitation, Technical University (TU) Wien

since 2000: Scientific researcher, MBI, Berlin

1997-2000: Scientific employee associate at the Photonics Institute, TU Wien

1991-1997: Scientific employee associate, Max-Born-Institute (MBI), Berlin

1984-1991:} Scientific employee associate,Central Institute of Optics and Spectroscopy (ZOS), Berlin

1984: PhD in Physics, HU Berlin

1982: Diploma in Physics, Humboldt-University (HU) Berlin

MBI Publikationen

  1. Thomson spectrometer–microchannel plate assembly calibration for MeV-range positive and negative ions, and neutral atoms

    R. Prasad, F. Abicht, M. Borghesi, J. Braenzel, P. V. Nickles, G. Priebe, M. Schnürer, S. Ter-Avetisyan

    Review of Scientific Instruments 84 (2013) 053302/1-6
  2. Hybrid proton acceleration scheme using relativistic intense laser light

    A. A. Andreev, K. Yu. Platonov, M. Schnürer, R. Prasad, S. Ter-Avetisyan

    Physics of Plasmas 20 (2013) 033110/1-8
  3. Stable laser-ion acceleration in the light sail regime

    S. Steinke, P. Hilz, M. Schnürer, G. Priebe, J. Bränzel, F. Abicht, D. Kiefer, C. Kreuzer, T. Ostermayr, J. Schreiber, A. A. Andreev, T. P. Yu, A. Pukhov, W. Sandner

    Phys. Rev. Special Topics in AB 16 (2013) 011303/1-5
  4. Erratum: “MeV negative ion generation from ultra-intense laser interaction with a water spray (vol 99, 051501, 2011)

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, B. Ramakrishna, M. Borghesi, D. Doria, M. Zepf, G. Sarri, L. Ehrentraut, A. A. Andreev, P.-V. Nickles, S. Steinke, W. Sandner, M. Schnürer, V. Tikhonchuk

    Applied Physics Letters 100/1-1 (2012)
  5. Ethanol (C2H5OH) spray of sub-micron droplets for laser driven negative ion source

    R. Prasad, M. Borghesi, F. Abicht, P.-V. Nickles, H. Stiel, M. Schnürer, S. Ter-Avetisyan

    Review of Scientific Instruments 83 (2012) 083301/1-6
  6. Generation of quasi-monoenergetic proton beam from exploding sub-micron droplets interacting with a high intensity laser pulse

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, B. Ramakrishna, R. Prassad, M. Borghesi, P.-V. Nickles, S. Steinke, M. Schnürer, K. I. Popov, L. Ramunno, N. V. Zmitrenko, V. Bychenkov

    Physics of Plasmas 19 (2012) 073112/1-8
  7. MeV negative ion source from ultra-intense laser-matter interaction

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, B. Ramakrishna, D. Doria, R. Prasad, M. Borghesi, A. A. Andreev, S. Steinke, M. Schnürer, P. V. Nickles, V. Tikhonchuk

    Review of Scientific Instruments 83 (2012) 02A710/1-3
  8. Optimization of laser-generated ion beams

    S. Steinke, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, A. A. Andreev, P. V. Nickles, A. Henig, R. Hörlein, D. Kiefer, D. Jung, J. Schreiber, T. Tajima, M. Hegelich, D. Habs, W. Sandner

    Contributions to Plasma Physics 51 (2011) 444-450
  9. Dynamics of nanometer-scale foil targets irradiated with relativistically intense laser pulses

    R. Hörlein, S. Steinke, A. Henig, G. Rykovanov, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, D. Kiefer, D. Jung, X. Q. Yan, T. Tajima, J. Schreiber, B. M. Hegelich, P. V. Nickles, M. Zepf, G. D. Tsakiris, W. Sandner, D. Habs

    Laser and Particle Beams 29 (2011) 383-388
  10. Characterisation and manipulation of proton Beams accelerated by ultra-short and high-contrast laser pulses

    S. Ter-Avetsiyan, M. Schnürer, P. V. Nickles

    Coherence and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Emission (2011) 1-32