MBI Research Fellow
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Dr. Mark Mero

mero@mbi-berlin.de

+49 30 6392 1271

Postdoctoral Researcher: Department A3

Member of Projects: 1.2 "Ultrafast Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics"

 

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The main objective of the project is to develop a 100-kHz optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) providing optically synchronized pulses at 1.55 and 3.1 μm with hitherto inaccessible average powers and peak intensities. Currently, a two-stage front-end is operational providing 90-μJ, 50-fs signal pulses at 1.55 μm at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. The overall energy conversion efficiency from the 1030-nm pump to the recompressed signal reaches 19% in this front-end, significantly reducing the cost per watt of pump power compared to similar systems. The final three-stage system will include two output beams: 0.5 mJ, <70 fs @ 1550 nm and 0.2 mJ, <70 fs @ 3100 nm. The source will be used for imaging molecular structures and chemical reactivity with attosecond time- and picometer spatial resolution.

 



Curriculum vitae


  • 07/2012 - present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Born Institute
  • 06/2008 - 12/2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
  • 04/2010 - 07/2010: Postdoctoral visit, Max Planck Insitute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
  • 01/2010 - 03/2010: Postdoctoral visit, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.
  • 11/2007 - 04/2008: Postdoctoral visit, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.
  • 05/2006 - 10/2007: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Born Institute
  • 2005: Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.
  • 1998: Diploma in Physics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

 

Research Highlights


  • http://www.mbi-berlin.de/en/research/projects/1.2/topics/3_power_scaling/

Publications


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List of own publications with no relation to MBI:

  • Compression methods for XUV attosecond pulses
    M. Mero, F. Frassetto, P. Villoresi, L. Poletto, K. Varju
    Opt. Express 19, 23420 (2011)
  • Protein-based ultrafast photonic switching
    L. Fabian, Z. Heiner, M. Mero, M. Kiss, E. K.Wolff, P. Ormos, K. Osvay, A. Der
    Opt. Express 19, 18861 (2011)
  • Subpicosecond all-optical switching by the protein bacteriorhodopsin
    L. Fabian, Z. Heiner, M. Mero, M. Kiss, E. K.Wolff, P. Ormos, K. Osvay, A. Der
    European Biophysics Journal with Biophysics Letters 40, Suppl. 1, 236 (2011)
  • Generation of energetic femtosecond green pulses based on an OPCPA-SFG scheme
    M. Mero, A. Sipos, G. Kurdi, K. Osvay
    Opt. Express 19, 9646 (2011)
  • Subpicosecond Photonic Switching Based on Bacteriorhodopsin
    P. Ormos, L. Fabian, Z. Heiner, M. Mero, M. Kiss, E. K. Wolff, K. Osvay, A. Der
    Biophysical Journal 100, Suppl. 1, 485 (2011)
  • Modeling the effect of native and laser-induced states on the dielectric breakdown of wide band gap optical materials by multiple subpicosecond laser pulses
    L.A. Emmert, M. Mero, W. Rudolph
    J. Appl. Phys. 108, 043523 (2010)
  • TixSi1-xO2 optical coatings with tunable index and their response to intense subpicosecond laser pulse irradiation
    D. Nguyen, L. A. Emmert, I. V. Cravetchi, M. Mero, W. Rudolph, M. Jupe, M. Lappschies, K. Starke, D. Ristau
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 261903 (2008)
  • Femtosecond dynamics of dielectric films in the pre-ablation regime
    M. Mero, A. J. Sabbah, J. Zeller, W. Rudolph
    Appl. Physics A 81, 317 (2005)
  • On the damage behavior of dielectric films when illuminated with multiple femtosecond laser pulses
    M. Mero, B. Clapp, J. C. Jasapara, W. Rudolph, D. Ristau, K. Starke, J. Krüger, S. Martin, W. Kautek
    Opt. Eng. 44, 051107 (2005)
  • Scaling laws of femtosecond laser pulse induced breakdown in oxide films
    M. Mero, J. Liu, W. Rudolph, D. Ristau, K. Starke
    Phys. Rev. B 71, 115109 (2005)
  • Retrieval of the dielectric function of thin films from femtosecond pump-probe experiments
    J. Jasapara, M. Mero, W. Rudolph
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 2637 (2002)
  • Unbalanced third-order correlations for full characterization of femtosecond pulses
    J. W. Nicholson, M. Mero, J. Jasapara, W. Rudolph
    Opt. Lett. 25, 1801 (2000)