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Dr. Zenghu Chang

Dr. Zenghu Chang

University Trustee Chair, Pegasus and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Optics & Photonics

Florida Attosecond Science and Technology



407-823-4442 (Work)




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

Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
2016 Pegasus Professor
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

Xiaoming Ren, Lam H. Mach, Yanchun, Yin, Yang Wang, and Zenghu Chang
"Generation of 1 kHz, 2.3 mJ, 88 fs, 2.5 µm pulses from a Cr2+:ZnSe chirped pulse amplifier"
Optics Letters (early posting)
Hanfu Kong
"Development of a Tabletop Coherent Soft X-ray Source"
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida, Orlando
Jie Li
"Generation and Characterization of Isolated Attosecond Pulse in the Soft-X-Ray Regime"
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida Orlando
Chew, A., Douguet, N., Cariker, C., Li, J., Lindroth, E., Ren, X., Yin, Y., Argenti, L., Hill, W., and Chang, Z.
"Attosecond transient absorption spectrum of argon at the L-2,L-3 edge"
Physical Review A, 97(3), #031407
X. Ren, J. Li, Y. Yin, K. Zhao, A. Chew, Y. Wang, S. Hu, Y. Cheng, E. Cunningham, Y. Wu, M. Chini and Z. Chang
"Attosecond light sources in the water window"
Journal of Optics 20, 023001
Andrew Chew, Nicolas Douguet, Coleman Cariker, Jie Li, Eva Lindroth, Xiaoming Ren, Yanchun Yin, Luca Argenti, Wendell T. Hill, III, and Zenghu Chang
"Attosecond transient absorption spectrum of argon at the L2,3 edge"
Physical Review, A 97, 031407(R)
Y. Yin, Xiaoming Ren, Y. Wang, F. Zhuang, J. Li, and Z. Chang
"Generation of high-energy narrowband 2.05 µm pulses for seeding a Ho:YLF laser"
Photonics Research, 6(1), pp. 1-5
Z. Chang
"Attosecond science: Progress to date and future prospects"
Northwest University, Jianzhong Yang seminar
Z. Chang
"Isolated attosecond X-ray pulses reaches the water window"
Conference on high intensity lasers and attosecond science in Israel, Tel-Aviv
Z. Chang
"53-as X-rays reach carbon K-edge"
Joint MURI review meeting

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