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Willingness to take PhD students
Andre Kaplan’s research team use ultrashort laser pulses to investigate ultrafast dynamics on surfaces and in nanoscale systems. In particular, the team are interested in the processes of excitation relaxation in such systems. The advantage of ultrashort laser pulses is that they provide a tool to measure directly the dynamics of the charge carriers and lattice following photoexcitation. Knowledge about these processes is very important in the development of modern electronic and optoelectronic devices intended to operate at ultrahigh speed. The team is also developing a new approach to imaging surface plasmons, specifically the strength, direction and phase of the electrical field associated with the plasmons excited on a nanostructured surface. The high gain in such structures is needed to detect weak optical signals.