Prize Recipient


Peter Kraus
ETH Zürich


"For his thesis entitled “Studies of Electronic and Nuclear Structure and Dynamics by High Harmonic Spectroscopy,” which he wrote under the direction of Prof. Hans Jakob Wörner at ETH Zürich."


Peter Kraus earned his B.S. in chemistry in 2010 working with Professor Karl-Michael Weitzel. He subsequently moved to ETH Zürich, where he earned his master’s degree in 2011 with a thesis exploring the generation and characterization of few-cycle mid-infrared laser pulses for high-harmonic spectroscopy, working with Professor Hans Jakob Wörner. Kraus stayed in the group of Professor Wörner at ETH Zürich for his Ph.D. studies, during which he advanced the techniques of high harmonic-spectroscopy for investigations of electronic and nuclear structure and dynamics of molecular systems. These advances enabled the study of valence–shell electron currents in neutral molecules on the femtosecond time scale as well as the measurement and laser control of attosecond-time-scale electronic charge migration. He is currently working with Professor Stephen Leone and Professor Daniel Neumark at the University of California, Berkeley on the development of new experimental techniques for investigating attosecond phenomena in solid-state materials.