I am Professor for Laser- and Plasmatechnology at Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences (TH Wildau, Germany) and leader of the research group at the Extreme Light Infrastructure ERIC (ELI ERIC, Czech Republic). My research activities are concentrated on the new frontiers in Photon Science and Spectroscopy with the strong focus on the development of new spectroscopic techniques for Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics applications.

At the ELI ERIC I am coordinating the development and operation of the user end-station MAC, which is a multipurpose end-station for AMO sciences and CDI (coherent diffractive imaging). ). It is designed for investigations of ultrafast dynamics in low-density targets (atoms, molecules or nanostructures) with the in-house developed intense high harmonic generation (HHG) EUV-source and synchronized NIR/Vis beams. I am actively looking for new users of the MAC-end station under user access policy at ELI ERIC.

I have received my PhD in physics (2002) and diploma in physics (1999) from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. I was visiting researcher at Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin (2000 – 2003), PostDoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen (2003 – 2005), at the University of Hamburg (2005 – 2010) and at the Technical University Berlin (2010 – 2013). From 2013 to 2020 I was leading my own research group at the Technical University Berlin as a Junior Professor for Ultrashort Pulse Physics.

Publications: Maria Krikunova – Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=CzcFIv4AAAAJ&hl=de)

Selected publications:

  1. THz streak camera performance for single-shot characterization of XUV pulses with complex temporal structures, T. Oelze et al., and M. Krikunova, Express 28, 20686-20703 (2020)


  1. A multipurpose end-station for atomic, molecular and optical sciences and coherent diffractive imaging at ELI beamlines, E. Klimešová et al., and M. Krikunova, Phys. J. Spec. Top. 230, 4183–4194 (2021)


  1. Electron correlation dynamics in atomic Kr excited by XUV pulses and controlled by NIR laser pulses of variable intensity, A. H. Roos et al., and M. Krikunova, New J. Phys. 25, 013038 (2023)


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