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Michael Zürch

Dr. Michael Zürch

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Max-Wien-Platz 1 , Raum 321A
07743 Jena

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Last update: Oct. 2015

Dr. Michael Zürch currently works as a Feodor-Lynen Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.


Present address:

Dr. Michael Zürch

University of California at Berkeley

Department of Chemistry

D39 Hildebrand Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-1460, USA


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Research interests include:

  • High-resolution imaging in the XUV and soft X-ray spectral range (Coherent Diffraction Imaging, Digital In-line Holography)
  • Optimization and improvement of table-top XUV sources (High Harmonic Generation)
  • Optical vortex beams in the XUV
  • Microscopy with singular light beams
  • Nonlinear pulse compression / generation of few-cycle pulses at short wavelength
  • Nanoplasmonic and ultrafast plasmon dynamics
  • Attosecond transient absorption


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Research highlights:


First demonstration of converting an optical vortex beam from the infrared into the XUV spectral domain by high order harmonic generation. Published in:

M. Zürch, et al., Strong-field physics with singular light beams, Nature Physics 8, 743-746 (2012).

[Featured in: S. Patchovskii and M. Spanner. Nonlinear optics: High harmonics with a twist, Nature Physics 8, 707-708 (2012)]

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Invention and demonstration of breast cancer cell classification by scattering coherent XUV light on a single cell. Published in:

M. Zürch, et al., Cancer cell classification with coherent diffraction imaging using an extreme ultraviolet radiation source, Journal of Medical Imaging 1 (3), 031008 (2014).

[Student paper award 1st place in the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, San Diego, USA, 2014; Finalist for the Robert F. Wagner Award; This part of my disseration was recognized by the Reichart-Prize of the Academy of Sciences and Humanitites in Erfurt (Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt) in 2015]


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First demonstration of sub-wavelength coherent diffraction imaging and real-time imaging at short exposure times
in a table-top high harmonic setup. We reached 0.8 times lambda in resolution using 33nm coherent illumination. Published in:
M. Zürch, et al., Real-time and Subwavelength Ultrafast Coherent Diffraction Imaging in the Extreme Ultraviolet, Nature Scientific Reports 4 (7356), 1-5 (2014).
[This part of my work was recognized by the Dr.-Ing. Siefried Werth Disseration Award by the Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Werth Foundation in 2015.]

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Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1992-1996 Elementary school at Grundschule Trünzig.
  • 1996-2002 Secondary school at Diesterweg Mittelschule Werdau, with distinction (average 1.3).
  • 2002-2005 Abitur at Technisches Gymnasium Werdau, with distinction (average 1.0).

Scientific Education

  • 2005-2010 Diploma studies in technical physics at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, finished with distinction (average 1.1) with the topic of the diploma thesis Limitations of Ultra-Fast Nonlinear Optics in Nanostructured Samples.
  • 2008 Student research project at Institute for Solid State Physics, FSU Jena, with the topic Noise measurement on HTSL-gradiometers fabricated on crossed bi-crystals.
  • 10/2010-07/2014 Doctorate in physics at Institute of Optics and Quantumelectronics and Abbe Center of Photonics, FSU Jena, finished with distinction (summa cum laude) on the topic Coherent High-Resolution Imaging of Artificial and Biological Specimens using Compact Ultrafast Extreme Ultraviolet Sources.
  • 07/2014-10/2015 Post-doc at IOQ (FSU Jena) and the Abbe Center of Photonics.
  • 09/2015-10/2015 Visiting Researcher at Max Born Insitute Berlin.
  • from 11/2015 Feodor-Lynen Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, Chemistry Department.


Publications

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

1. A. Hoffmann, M. Zürch and Ch. Spielmann. Extreme nonlinear optics using
shaped pulses spectrally broadened in an Ar or SF6 filled hollow core fiber, to be
submitted (2015).


2. C. Kern, M. Zürch† and C. Spielmann. Limitations of Extreme Nonlinear Ultrafast
Nanophotonics, Nanophotonics (invited review), ahead of print DOI:10.1515/nanoph-
2015-0013 (2015).
†corresponding author

3. M. Zürch and C. Spielmann. Extreme ultraviolet digital in-line holography using a
table top source, Applied Optics 54 (19), 5992-5997 (2015).

4. M. Zürch, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, M. Krebs, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann,
A. Guggenmos, U. Kleineberg, and C. Spielmann. Real-time and Subwavelength
Ultrafast Coherent Diffraction Imaging in the Extreme Ultraviolet,
Nature Scientific Reports 4 (7356), 1-5 (2014).

5. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Cancer cell classification with coherent diffraction imaging using an extreme
ultraviolet radiation source, Journal of Medical Imaging 1 (3), 031008 (2014).

6. A. Hoffmann, M. Zürch, M. Gräfe, and Ch. Spielmann. Spectral broadening and
compression of sub-millijoule laser pulses in hollow-core fibers filled with sulfur
hexafluoride, Optics Express 22, 12038-12045 (2014).

7. M. Zürch, A. Hoffmann, M. Gräfe, B. Landgraf, M. Riediger, and Ch. Spielmann.
Characterization of a broadband interferometric autocorrelator for visible light with
ultrashort blue laser pulses, Optics Communications 321, 28-31 (2014).

8. M. Zürch, C. Kern, and Ch. Spielmann. XUV coherent diffraction imaging in
reflection geometry with low numerical aperture, Optics Express 21 (18), 21131-
21147 (2013).

9. M. Zürch, C. Kern, P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and Ch. Spielmann. Strong-field
physics with singular light beams, Nature Physics 8, 743-746 (2012).

10. S. Eyring, C. Kern, M. Zürch, and C. Spielmann. Improving high-order harmonic
yield using wavefront-controlled ultrashort laser pulses, Optics Express 20 (5),
5601-5606 (2012).

11. C. Kern, M. Zürch, J. Petschulat, T. Pertsch, B. Kley, T. Käsebier, U. Hübner, and
C. Spielmann. Comparison of femtosecond laser-induced damage on unstructured
vs. nano-structured Au-targets, Applied Physics A 104 (1), 15-12 (2011).


Articles in Proceedings

12. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Apparatus and fast method for cancer cell classification based on high harmonic
coherent diffraction imaging in reflection geometry, Proceedings of SPIE - The
International Society for Optical Engineering 9033, Medical Imaging 2014: Physics
of Medical Imaging, Art. No. 9033-58 (2014).

13. C. Kern, M. Zürch" P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and Ch. Spielmann. Extreme
nonlinear optical processes with beams carrying orbital angular momentum,
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 8984,
Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVIII, Art. No. 8984-45 (2014).

Theses

14. M. Zürch, Coherent High-Resolution Imaging of Artificial and Biological Specimen
using Compact Ultrafast Extreme Ultraviolet Sources, Doctoral Thesis, Friedrich-
Schiller-University Jena, 2014.


15. M. Zürch, Limitations of Ultra-Fast Nonlinear Optics in Nanostructured Samples,
Diploma Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, 2010.

Book

16. M. Zürch, High-Resolution Extreme Ultraviolet Microscopy: Imaging of Artificial
and Biologic Specimens with Laser-driven Ultrafast XUV Sources published within
Springer Theses, ISBN 978-3-319-12387-5, Springer Cham Heidelberg New York
Dordrecht London, 2015.

Patents

17. M. Zürch and Ch. Spielmann,Verfahren zur Auswertung von durch schmalbandige,
kurzwellige, kohärente Laserstrahlung erzeugten Streubildern von Objekten,
insbesondere zur Verwendung in der XUV-Mikroskopie, patent pending
DE102012022966.6, WO 2014/079408 A1, 21.11.12.

18. M. Zürch and Ch. Spielmann,Verfahren und Vorrichtung zur Erzeugung einer
schmalbandigen, kurzwelligen, kohärenten Laserstrahlung, insbesondere für XUVMikroskopie,
patent pending DE102012022961.5, WO 2014/096976 A3, 21.11.12.

 

Invited Talks

19. M. Zürch and C. Spielmann. CDI at high numerical aperture and phase contrast
holography using a high harmonic source, COST MP2013 Meeting - 3D imaging
with coherent and incoherent X-ray sources, Uppsala, Sweden, 18.09.2015.

20. C. Kern, M. Zürch, P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and C. Spielmann. Extreme
Nonlinear Optical Processes with Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum,
36th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), Prague, Czech
Republic, 06.06.2015.

21. M. Zürch. Coherent ultrafast imaging in the extreme ultraviolet - from cancer
cell classification to optical vortex generation for phase-structured illumination,
German Physical Society - Spring Meeting, Heidelberg, Germany, 24.03.2015.

22. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Cancer cell classification with coherent diffraction imaging using a table-top soft Xray
source, COST MP2013 Meeting - New X-ray sources for industrial metrology,
Jena, Germany, 23.03.2015.

23. C. Kern, M. Zürch, Z. Samsonova, D. Kartashov, and C. Spielmann. Laser induced
damage of nanostructured materials, 5th European Conference on Applications
of Femtosecond Lasers in Materials Science, Mauterndorf, Austria, 16.03.2015.

24. M. Zürch and Ch. Spielmann. Nanoscale diffraction imaging and holography
using Table-top HHG Sources, Seminar, Lund University, Sweden, 06.10.2014.

25. M. Zürch and Ch. Spielmann. Coherent Diffraction Imaging and Digital In-line
Holography using Table-top HHG Sources, Group Seminar, Clarendon Labs at
University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 21.05.2014.

26. Ch. Spielmann, M. Zürch, C. Kern, P. Hansinger, and A. Dreischuh. Extreme
nonlinear optical processes with beams carrying orbital angular momentum, SPIE
Photonics West - Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XVIII, San Francisco,
USA, 05.02.2014.

Conference Contributions

27. M. Zürch, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, M. Krebs, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann,
A. Guggenmos, U. Kleineberg, and C. Spielmann. Approaching the Abbe
Limit in the Extreme Ultraviolet: Ultrafast Imaging Using a Compact High Average
Power High Harmonic Source, Frontiers in Optics Conference, San Jose, USA,
22.10.2015. (talk, featured by AIP/OSA)

28. M. Zürch, A. Guggenmos, C. M. Heyl, B. Landgraf, A. Hoffmann, C. Spaeth,
R. Hollinger, S. Namba, U. Kleineberg and C. Spielmann. Narrow-band high
harmonic emission at 100eV from an optimized generation geometry driven by an
ultrafast 40mJ table-top laser, 3rd International Conference on Correlation Effects
in Radiation Fields, Rostock, Germany, 14.09.2014. (hot topic talk)

29. C. Spielmann, M. Zürch. Intense pulses with controlled orbital angular momentum
for time-resolved studies, DFG Priority Programme 1840 - Selection Meeting, Bad
Honnef, Germany, 19.06.2015. (poster)

30. M. Zürch, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, M. Krebs, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann,
A. Guggenmos, U. Kleineberg, and C. Spielmann. Coherent ultrafast
diffraction imaging at the Abbe limit using a compact high average power high
harmonic source, European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the
European Quantum Electronics Conference, Munich, Germany, 25.06.2015. (talk)

31. Z. Samsonova, R. Hollinger, D. Kartashov, M. Zürch, C. Spielmann. Second
Harmonic Generation from ZnO Nanostructured Surface by Femtosecond Laser
Pulses at Near Damage Threshold Intensities, European Conference on Lasers
and Electro-Optics and the European Quantum Electronics Conference, Munich,
Germany, 25.06.2015. (poster)

32. J. Rothhardt, M. Zürch, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, M. Krebs, A. Guggenmos,
U. Kleineberg, C. Spielmann, J. Limpert, and A. Tünnermann. CDI with high
photon flux table-top XUV and soft X-ray sources, Coherence, Argonnne, USA,
04.09.2014. (talk)

33. M. Zürch, J. Rothhardt, S. Hädrich, S. Demmler, M. Krebs, J. Limpert, A. Tünnermann,
A. Guggenmos, U. Kleineberg, and C. Spielmann. High Average Power
quasi-monochromatic XUV Source for Coherent Imaging Applications, High-
Intensity Lasers and High-Field Phenomena, Berlin, Germany, 20.03.2014. (talk)

34. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Apparatus and fast method for cancer cell classification based on high harmonic
coherent diffraction imaging in reflection geometry, SPIE Medical Imaging 2014,
San Diego, USA, 20.02.2014. (talk)

35. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Compact Coherent High Resolution XUV Microscopy Device for Imaging of Biologic
Specimen, American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting 2013,
Houston, USA, 31.07.2013. (poster)

36. M. Zürch, S. Foertsch, M. Matzas, K. Pachmann, R. Kuth, and Ch. Spielmann.
Fast Method for Classification Based on Coherent High Resolution XUV Scatter
Images of Biologic specimen, American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual
Meeting 2013, Houston, USA, 30.07.2013. (poster)

37. C. Kern, M. Zürch, P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and Ch. Spielmann. Extreme
Nonlinear Optical Processes with Beams Carrying Orbital Angular momentum,
CLEO/Europe - IQEC Conference, Munich, Germany, 16.05.2013. (talk)

38. M. Zürch, C. Kern, and Ch. Spielmann. Tabletop Lensless Imaging Apparatus
using an Ultrashort High Harmonic XUV Source, CLEO/Europe - IQEC Conference,
Munich, 16.05.2013. (poster)

39. M. Zürch, C. Kern, P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and Ch. Spielmann. Extreme
nonlinear optics with singular light beams carrying orbital angular momentum,
Ultrafast Optics Conference, Davos, Switzerland, 08.03.2013. (talk)

40. C. Kern, M. Zürch, B. Kley, T. Pertsch, and Ch. Spielmann. Considerations and
Requirements of Metallic Nanostructures for Plasmon-Enhanced High-Harmonic
Generation, Ultrafast Optics Conference, Davos, Switzerland, 05.03.2013. (poster)

41. M. Zürch, C. Kern, P. Hansinger, A. Dreischuh, and Ch. Spielmann. Highly nonlinear
interaction of laser beams with orbital angular momentum, DokDok 2012
Conference, Oppurg 2012, 7-11.10.2012. (poster)

42. C. Kern, M. Zürch, J. Petschulat, and C. Spielmann. Limitations of extreme
nonlinear ultrafast nano-photonics, Nano and Photonics Conference, Mauterndorf
2011, 18.03.2011. (poster)

43. M. Zürch, C. Kern, J. Petschulat, T. Pertsch, B. Kley, T. Käsebier, U. Hübner, and
C. Spielmann. Femtosecond Damage Threshold of Plasmonic Nanostructures
Compared to Au Films, 4th European Conference on Applications of Femtosecond
Lasers in Materials Science - FemtoMat 2011, Mauterndorf, Austria, 16.03.2011.
(talk)

44. C. Kern, M. Zürch, and C. Spielmann. Limitations of ultrafast nonlinear nanooptics,
International Summer School in Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics 2010, Heriot-
Watt University, Edinburgh, 11.08.2010. (poster)

Articles in Non-peer-reviewed Journals

45. M. Zürch, and Ch. Spielmann. Cancer cell diagnosis using ultrafast lasers, Laser+
Photonics 10 (1), 20-23 (2015). (invited)

46. M. Zürch, and Ch. Spielmann. Diagnose von Krebszellen mittels Ultrakurzpulslaser,
BioPhotonik 7 (1), 36-39 (2014). (invited)

47. M. Zürch, C. Kern, and Ch. Spielmann. Optische Wirbel, Physik in unserer Zeit 3
(44), 134-141 (2013). (invited)

48. M. Zürch. Die Jenaer Physiker und der Amateurfunk, CQ-DL das Amateurfunkmagazin
11, 805-807 (2011).


Articles highlighting my publications


1. S. Patchovskii and M. Spanner. Nonlinear optics: High harmonics with a twist,
Nature Physics 8, 707-708 (2012).


Academic Awards

Scientific Awards

• Feodor-Lynen Fellowship, Humboldt-Foundation, in 2015.
• Reichart-Prize 2015, Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Erfurt (Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt), in 2015.
• Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Werth Dissertation Award, Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Werth Foundation, in 2015
• Finalist Dissertation Award of the German Physical Society, in 2015.
• Springer Theses Dissertation Award, in 2014.
• Student paper award first place in Physics of Medical Imaging, SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, San Diego, USA, in 2014.
• Finalist Robert F. Wagner Award, SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, San Diego, USA, in 2014.
• Best diploma thesis award of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, FSU Jena, in 2010.

Teaching

  • Advisor for lab works for undergraduate students of other subjects (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Seminar supervisor for the seminar Fundamentals of Photonics (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Seminar supervisor for the seminar Modern Methods of Spectroscopy (2015).
  • Tutor for the advanced seminar for undergraduate students in optics.
  • Occasional reading lecture Fundamentals of Photonics.
  • Supervision of several labworks, Bachelor and Master Thesis.
  • Participation in the full-year Teaching Qualification Basic course of the Graduate Academy at FSU Jena.