Richter, Prof. Dr. Mathias

Mathias Richter, born in 1959 in Marburg, studied physics there from1978 and graduated later from Hamburg University. Since his diploma thesis (1983/84) at HASYLAB  of DESY, the application of synchrotron radiation has been the central theme of his scientific work. At the beginning of his career, emphasis was on atomic physics. Hamburg (PhD in 1988), Paris (postdoc in 1989/90) and Berlin (since September 1990) have been the significant stages. In 1996, he was awarded the German professorship qualification at TU Berlin. After that, he concentrated on metrology using synchrotron radiation at the PTB. Responsible for UV and VUV radiometry since 1997, he has also undertaken applied research in the PTB laboratories at the electron storage rings BESSY I (until 1999) and BESSY II (since 2000). Mathias Richter is married and has a daughter and two sons. He is a professor at TU Berlin, a board member of the BESSY/HZB Society of Friends and Sponsors, and is active as a reviewer in a number of areas. Recently, he became the head of the department of X-ray metrology using synchrotron radiation at PTB in Adlershof.

Mathias Richter’s own research is currently focused on experiments using high-ly intense and ultra-short X-ray pulses. In close cooperation with DESY, the Ioffe-Institute in St. Petersburg, the University of Münster, and BESSY/HZB, different methods have been developed at the free-electron laser in Hamburg FLASH, which are based on linear and nonlinear photoionisation of atomic and molecular gases, to measure pulse energies, microfocus diameters, and femtosecond pulse durations. In this context, a number of fundamental quantitative investigations on photon-matter interaction at high intensities and short wavelengths have been performed which are at the limits of current models to describe photoionisation and, hence, significant for future experiments of materials research using the new X-ray sources and lasers.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Richter
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Abbestr. 2-12
10589 Berlin, Germany
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