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Dr. Zenghu Chang

Dr. Zenghu Chang

Distinguished Professor of Physics, Optics & Photonics

Florida Attosecond Science and Technology



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Zenghu Chang is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Optics at the University of Central Florida, where he directs the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Chang graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1982. He then earned a doctorate at the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 1988. From 1991 to 1993, Chang visited the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory sponsored by the Royal Society fellowship. He worked at the University of Michigan after 1996. Then joined the physics faculty at Kansas State University in 2001, where he was later promoted to the Ernest & Lillian Chapin Professor.

Dr. Chang has published 150 papers in the field of ultrafast high power lasers, ultrafast XUV/X-ray science and strong field AMO physics. His notable contributions include inventing the Double Optical Gating for the generation of single isolated attosecond pulses. His group generated the shortest laser pulse, 67 as, which is the current world record. He is the author of the book “Fundamentals of Attosecond Optics.”

Awards & Honors

Fellow of the Optical Society
Fellow of the American Physical Society
2015 Excellence in Research (College Award)
2007 Mercator Professorship, German Science Foundation (DFG)
1996 Hubert Schardin Gold Medal
1995 The First Class Award for Young Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1994 Young Expert of the Year with Outstanding Contributions, Ministry of Personnel, China

Recent Publications

Eric Cunningham, Zenghu Chang
"Optical Gating with Asymmetric Field Ratios for Isolated Attosecond Pulse Generation"
Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of (Volume:PP , Issue: 99 ) DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2015.2426655
Michael Chini, Xiaowei Wang, Yan Cheng, He Wang, Yi Wu, Eric Cunningham, Peng-Cheng Li, John Heslar, Dmitry A. Telnov, Shih-I Chu, and Zenghu Chang
"Coherent Phase-Matched VUV Generation by Field-Controlled Bound States"
Nature Photonics 8(6), pp. 437-441
Shuting Lei, Xiaoming Yu, Zenghu Chang, and Paul Corkum
"Fabricating nanostructures on fused silica using femtosecond infrared pulses combining with sub-nanojoule ultraviolet pulses"
Optics Letters, 39(19), pp. 5638-5640
Qi Zhang, Kun Zhao, and Zenghu Chang
"High resolution electron spectrometers for characterizing the contrast of isolated 25 as pulses"
Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena 195, pp. 48–54
Zenghu Chang
"Overview of studying ultrafast electron dynamics in condensed matter with next generation attosecond x-ray sources"
MURI, studying ultrafast electron dynamics in condensed matter with next generation attosecond x-ray sources, kickoff meeting, Nov. 17-18, 2014, Berkeley, California
Michael Chini, Xiaowei Wang, Yan Cheng, Zenghu Chang
"Resonance Effects and Quantum Beats in Attosecond Transient Absorption of Helium"
Journal of Physics B, Special issue: Ultrafast electron and molecular dynamics 47, pp. 124009
Michael Chini and Zenghu Chang
"Resonance-enhanced harmonics for probing molecular electrons"
SPIE Newsroom, 1 August
Qi Zhang, Kun Zhao, Jie Li, Michael Chini, Yan Cheng, Yi Wu, Eric Cunningham, and Zenghu Chang
"Suppression of Driving Laser in High Harmonic Generation with a Microchannel Plate"
Optics Letters 39(12), pp. 3670-3673
Michael Chini, Kun Zhao and Zenghu Chang
"The Generation, Characterization, and Applications of Broadband Isolated Attosecond Pulses"
Nature Photonics 8(3), pp. 178 - 186
Stephen R. Leone, C. William McCurdy, Joachim Burgdörfer, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Zenghu Chang, Nirit Dudovich, Johannes Feist, Chris H. Greene, Misha Ivanov, Reinhard Kienberger, Ursula Keller, Matthias F. Kling, Zhi-Heng Loh, Thomas Pfeifer, Adrian N. Pfeiffer, Robin Santra, Kenneth Schafer, Albert Stolow, Uwe Thumm & Marc J. J. Vrakking,
"What will it take to observe processes in 'real time'?"
Nature Photonics 8(3), pp. 162 – 166

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