Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    Diplom degree in physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1984 – 1985
    Visiting researcher, Physics Department at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland

    1985 – 1989
    Research assistant, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA

  • 1987
    Master's degree in applied physics, Stanford University

  • 1989
    PhD in applied physics, Stanford University

  • 1989 – 1993
    Research project manager, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, USA

  • Since 1993
    Professor, Department of Physics, Ultrafast Laser Physics Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1997
    Birth of a son

  • 1998
    Birth of a son

  • 2001
    Visiting professor, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund University, Sweden

  • 2006
    Visiting professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • Since 2010
    Director of the NCCR MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology), Swiss National Centre of Competence for Research

Selected publications

  • U. Keller: Ultrafast solid-state laser oscillators: a success story for the last 20 years with no end in sight. In: Appl. Phys. B 100 (15), 2010

  • Eckle, P. et al.: Attosecond ionization and tunneling delay time measurements. In: Science 322(5907), 2008. S. 1525-1529.

  • Keller, U.: Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers. In: Nature 424, 2003. S. 831-838.

  • Steinmeyer, G. et al.: Frontiers in ultrashort pulse generation: pushing the limits in linear and nonlinear optics. In: Science 286, 1999. S. 1507-1512.

  • Telle, H.R. et al.: Carrier-envelope offset phase control: A novel concept for absolute optical frequency measurement and ultrashort pulse generation. In: Appl. Phys. B 69, 1999. S. 327-332.

  • Keller, U. et al.: Semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) for femtosecond to nanosecond pulse generation in solid-state lasers. In: IEEE J. Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (JSTQE) 2, 1996. S. 435-453.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected to the board of directors of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 2010 – 2012

  • Deputy department head, Physics Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2007 – 2009

  • Editorial board, Applied Physics B since 1994, and Laser Physics Letters, since 2005

  • Head of the Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2003 – 2005

  • Elected to the board of the European Physical Society (EPS) in quantum electronics, 1998 – 2004, and co-opted in 1996 – 1998 and 2005 – 2007

  • Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, since 2003

  • Member of the university council, University of Hannover, Germany. The university council advises the presidential executive committee and the senate of the University of Hannover. Term of office: 1 December 2003 to 31 March 2007

  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), since 2003; senior member of IEEE/LEOS (now IEEE Photonics Society (IPS)), since 2002

  • Board of directors, Time-Bandwidth Products, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Jury member for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis (prize for innovation)

Additional qualifications

  • Prof. Keller has published 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and 13 book chapters and holds or has applied for 17 patents.


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