Department of Physics, Philipps University of Marburg
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Keywords: laser spectroscopy of surfaces and interfaces, ultrafast electron dynamics, adsorption on semiconductor surfaces
Ulrich Höfer received his doctoral degree in physics in 1989 from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After spending two years as a visiting scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, he joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany as a group leader. In 1999, he became a full professor for experimental physics at the Philipps University in Marburg. Since 2022, he is also adjunct professor of the University of Regensburg. Presently he is serving as the chair of the surface science division of the German Physical Society.
Höfer’s main research interests are ultrafast electron transfer processes at surfaces and interfaces and the dynamics of elementary adsorbate reactions. He is a pioneer of time-resolved ARPES (angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy) and coherent light-matter interaction at surfaces. In 2013 Höfer initiated the Collaborative Research Centre “Structure and Dynamics of Internal Interfaces” (SFB 1083) of the Philipps University of Marburg and has served as its spokesperson until 2021. His awards include the Arnold Sommerfeld prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and a Synergy Research Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).