Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics


Carey Foster Prize for Tahir Shaaran

11 October 2011

Tahir Shaaran has just been awarded the CAREY FOSTER PRIZE for Outstanding Postgraduate Research Physics AMOPP. Tahir's PhD work, on theoretical strong-field and attosecond physics, was developed from 2007 to the end of

2010, under the supervision of Dr Carla Faria. Tahir studied different scattering mechanisms in laser-induced nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of atoms and diatomic molecules. Such studies were performed using mainly analytic methods.

His thesis, entitled " A rigorous treatment of excitation and quantum interference in laser-induced nonsequential double ionization in atoms and molecules" led to four high-quality publications, and constitutes the most comprehensive analytic studies worldwide of excitation and electron-electron correlation in NSDI. Tahir and Carla provide a unique interpretation of this phenomenon, which is increasinlgy gaining recognition from the international strong-field and attosecond community. Their predictions have been recently identified in experiments at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Munich (Matthias Kling, private communication, July 2011), which consttuted a milestone in the understanding of such processes.

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