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Rudiger Paschotta

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RP Photonics Consulting GmbH
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Primary Discipline: Science and Technology / Physics / Optics
Member Type: Consultant
Last Login: Oct 12, 2006
Member Since: Oct 12, 2006

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Address: Kurfirstenstr. 63
Zurich 8002 CH
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Skills and Interests

Technical consultant with special expertise in laser physics and laser technology, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and noise in optics. Formerly worked as a university researcher. Published around 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Education History

Ph. D. (09/1994)
University of Konstanz, Germany
habilitation in applied physics (10/2002)
ETH Zurich


CEO (06/2004 - Current) RP Photonics Consulting GmbH

Honors and Awards

Fresnel Prize of the European Physical Socienty (10/2002)
awarded for an "outstanding contributions to ultrafast all-solid-state lasers by pushing the frontiers in average power and pulse repetition rates by orders of magnitude"

Teaching Experience

Beam quality of lasers (winter 2007)
SPIE - Physics
Short course at the Photonics West conference
Ultrafast Laser Physics (summer 2005)
ETH Zurich - Physics
One-semester lecture course on ultrashort pulses, pulse generation with lasers, pulse characterization, applications
Fundamentals of fiber lasers and amplifiers (winter 2007)
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP Trieste) - Physics
Introduction to active fiber light sources, supplemented by material on mode-locked fiber lasers


This free online encyclopedia explains the terms and principles of laser physics and technology. It also covers other topics such as general optics and optoelectronic, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, fiber optics, ultrashort pulses, and communications.