Pr. Jean-Pierre Wolf, winner of the 2018 ZEISS Research Award

The ZEISS Research Award promotes outstanding achievements in the field of optics.  Jean-Pierre Wolf, Professor at the University of Geneva, will be honored for his groundbreaking application of ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses in researching the earth’s atmosphere. His research makes it possible to find out more about pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere and potentially control lightning and condensation in clouds.

The awards will be presented during the ZEISS Symposium “Optics in the Quantum World” on 18 April 2018 at the ZEISS Forum in Oberkochen

LLR team meets at Santis

During their 2nd meeting in Santis, Switzerland, the LLR team visited the Santis tower, where the lightning campaign will be performed. Transportation, installation and weather conditions were the main topics addressed.

“An ultra-intense Spaghetti” : Prof. J-P Wolf talks about the laser rod on the German National Radio

Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf from the UNIGE team gave an interview on the German National Radio about laser rods. “These laser pulses are so intense that they change the characteristics of the air, they ionize the air and create an electrically charged channel, which has a diameter of only one tenth of a millimeter, but can be very long, up to 100 meters. A kind of ultra-intense Spaghetti.” Read the full interview