Prof. Mikhael Yu. Ivanov starts his work as Head of Department A1 of the MBI and as W3-S Professor of Theoretical Optics at the Institute of Physics of the Humboldt University

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Mikhael (Misha) Yu. Ivanov joined the Max-Born-Institute (MBI) as head of department A1 and as a W3-S professor of theoretical optics at the Humboldt University's Institute of Physics at the beginning of this year. He succeeds Prof. Martin Weinelt at the MBI, who was appointed to the Free University Berlin last year.

Misha Ivanov (1964) is considered one of the world's leading theorists in the emerging field of ultra-short-time physics at high laser intensities, developing new methods for studying the light-matter interaction up to the extremely short attosecond timescale. He has made significant contributions to the development of attosecond physics and, among other activities, co-author of key work on the generation of attosecond impulses, the control of attosecond electron dynamics in ionization in strong fields, and the observation of electron dynamics in molecules on the attosecond time scale.

Misha Ivanov graduated from Moscow State University in 1987 and received his doctorate in 1989 from the General Physics Institute in Moscow, where he worked as a postdoc and as a research assistant. From 1992 to 2008, he worked at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa, Canada, where he established dynamic research program as head of the theory group. In 2008 he retired from the NRC and accepted a chair at Imperial College in London.

Misha Ivanov has won numerous awards for his research, including the Rutherford Medal of the Royal Society of Canada (2003) and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2004). Since 2010, he has co-ordinated the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "CORINF" ("Correlated Multielectron Dynamics in Intense Light Fields").

MBI is proud to have partnered with Humboldt University, Misha Ivanov, as an outstanding scientist for leading the new theory department A1 and looks forward to working closely together on the further development of attosecond physics and its many other research interests.