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. Characterization and control of ion sources from ultra-short high-intensity laser-foil interaction

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Schnürer, P. V. Nickles, W. Sandner, A. A. Andreev, T. Nakamura, K. Mima

    Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 51 (2009) 124046-124055
  2. Laser proton acceleration in a water spray target

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Schnürer, P. V. Nickles, M. B. Smirnov, W. Sandner, A. Andreev, K. Platonov, J. Psikal, V. Tikhonchuk

    Physics of Plasmas 15 (2008) 083106/1-8
  3. Prospects for ultrafast lasers in ion-radiography

    P.V. Nickles, M. Schnürer, S. Steinke, T. Sokollik, S. Ter-Avetisyan, W. Sandner, T. Nakamura, M. Mima, A. Andreev

    AIP Conference Proceedings 1024 (2008) 183-193
  4. First demonstration of collimation and monochromatisation of a laser accelerated proton burst

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Schnürer, R. Polster, P.V. Nickles, W. Sandner

    Laser and Particle Beams 26 (2008) 637-642
  5. Lateral movement of a laser-accelerated proton source on the target's rear surface

    T. Nakamura, K. Mima, S. Ter-Avetisyan,, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, P. V. Nickles, W. Sandner

    Physical Review E 77 (2008) 036407/1-5
  6. Transient electric fields in laser plasmas observed by proton streak deflectometry

    T. Sokollik, M. Schnürer, S. Ter-Avetisyan, P.V. Nickles, E. Risse, M. Kalashnikov, W. Sandner, G. Priebe, M. Amin, T. Toncian, O. Willi, A. A. Andreev

    Applied Physics Letters 92 (2008) 091503/1-3
  7. The Thomson deflectometer: A novel use of the Thomson spectrometer as a transient field and plasma diagnostic

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Schnürer, P.V. Nickles, T. Sokollik, E. Risse, M. Kalashnikov, W. Sandner, G. Priebe

    Review of Scientific Instruments 79 (2008) 2901579/1-5
  8. Ultrafast laser-driven proton sources and dynamic proton imaging

    P.V. Nickles, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, S. Ter-Avetisyan, W. Sandner, M. Amin, T. Toncian, O. Willi,, A. Andreev

    Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics 25 (2008) 155-160
  9. Proton acceleration in the electrostatic sheaths of hot electrons governed by strongly relativistic laser-absorption processes

    S. Ter-Avetisyan, M. Schnürer, T. Sokollik, P. V. Nickles, W. Sandner, H. R. Reiss, J. Stein, D. Habs, T. Nakamura, K. Mima

    Physical Review E 77 (2008) 016403/1-5
  10. Influence of target system on the charge state, number, and spectral shape of ion beams accelerated by femtosecond high-intensity laser pulses

    M. Schnürer, S. Ter-Avetisyan, P.V. Nickles, A.A. Andreev

    Physics of Plasmas 14 (2007) 033101/1-7