Senior Scientist, Laser Technology French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)
After high school and military service, Rüdiger Schmitt studied at the University of Karlsruhe electrical engineering. In 1992 he ended his doctorate with a thesis on optical phase conjugation. Since then he works at the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis.
His main field of research is the study of interaction effects of laser radiation with matter. During his activities, he has investigated, in addition to other things, the damage behavior of optical materials, the development and spread of laser-induced plasmas and the filamentation of ultrashort pulses. Currently the main focus of his work lies in the field of thermal energy coupling into solids. This includes experimental work as well as analytical and numerical modeling of the processes taking place.