Short CV/Education and training

    Undergraduate and graduate studies culminating in doctorate in Braunschweig, in the research group of Prof. G. Simon, in theoretical physics

  • Since 1995
    Regular visits to the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics in Tschernogolowka, Moscow, Russia, with Prof. Sergei I. Anisimov

  • 1999 – 2001
    Postdoc in the experimental research group of Prof. D. von der Linde, Essen

  • 2001 – 2005
    Lise Meitner Fellowship from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

  • 2006 – 2007
    Society for Heavy Ion Research (GSI), Darmstadt. Career resumption fellowship from the Helmholtz Association

  • Since 2007
    Head of a junior research group as part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Emmy Noether Programme

Selected publications

  • Kaiser, A. et al.: Microscopic processes in dielectrics under irradiation by subpicosecond laser pulses. In: Phys. Rev. B 61, 2000. 11437.

  • Rethfeld, B. et al.: Ultrafast dynamics of non-equilibrium electrons in metals under femtosecond laser irradiation. In: Phys. Rev. B 65, 2002. 214303.

  • Rethfeld, B. et al.: Ultrafast thermal melting of laser-excited solids by homogeneous nucleation. In: Phys. Rev. B 65, 2002. 092103.

  • Rethfeld, B.: Unified model for the free-electron avalanche in laser-irradiated dielectrics. In: Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 2004. 187401; Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 2004. 209901 (E).

  • Englert, L. et al.: Control of ionization processes in high band gap materials via tailored femtosecond pulses. In: Optics Express 15, 2007. 17855.

  • Medvedev, N., Rethfeld, B.: Effective energy gap of semiconductors under irradiation with a femtosecond VUV laser pulse. In: Europhysics Letters 88, 2009. 55001.

Complete list of publications

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two wonderful children, born 2001 and 2004


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