Laser Pulses for Cancer Detection

A team of physicists, molecular biologists, and medical researchers set out to use laser light to analyse cells and exhaled breath as indicators of cancerogenesis, potentially providing a risk-free and non-invasive method for early detection of cancer. The project complements the existing research portfolio at the Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA) on the Garching Research Campus.

Infrared laser


Attosecond Science Laboratory in Riyadh

It's done - Nobel laureate Prof. Theodor Hänsch cut the ribbon and opened therewith the new Attosecond Science Laboratory in Riyadh. Here students are able to access high-class technology to develope and improve the research of attosecond physics. The ceremony was a big success and was highlighted by lectures of the three eminent scientists Paul Corkum, Gérard Mourou and Nobel laureate Theodor Hänsch.  

Opening of the laboratory 

Attosecond laboratory in Riyadh is taking shape

The Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at King Saud University is currently taking shape. The first tables for laser experiments were recently aligned in the cleanroom, the femtosecond laser-system has reached the University, and the beamline for the production of attosecond light-flashes and their application in basic research is also ready to be set up. From now on, the construction of scientific tools is taking place and by the end of 2014, the laboratory-infrastructure will be completed.

The laboratory 


Ultrafast Photography in Saudi Arabia

Electrons cannot hide anymore – even in Saudi Arabia. On February 16th, 2015, the new ‘Attosecond Science Laboratory’ will be inaugurated at the King Saud University in Riyadh. It is the first attosecond laboratory in the whole Arabic world and a product of the collaboration between the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Garching, and the King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. Researchers from the three institutions will use the new facility to investigate electrons in motion.

The laboratory 

Workshop on „Early cancer diagnosis with laser light“

Experts from KSU, LMU and the University of Innsbruck discussed new opportunities in early cancer diagnosis and treatment with next generation laser sources. The topics for future collaborative efforts include the development of the light sources, optical tools for breath analysis, in-vitro and in-vivo multi-photon fluorescence microscopy and nanoparticle mediated diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Fig. 1. Participants of the workshop in front of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.