Tenio
Popmintchev

Tenio is currently a Senior Research Associate in the group of Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn where he also did his Ph.D. (May 2010) and Post Doc work, in the field of experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. He did his undergrad in Sofia University, Bulgaria, in theoretical Physics in the field of Laser Physics and Quantum Electronics. At the International Physics Olympiads for high school students, Tenio got a honarble mention in Bejing (9th grade) and bronze medal in Oslo (11th grade). His research interests have been in extreme non-linear optics and attosecond X-ray science. In his Ph.D., he pioneered a novel method for fully phase matched upconversion of mid-infrared laser light, which makes it straightforward to produce bright coherent light, not only in the EUV, but also in the soft and hard X-ray spectral regions, with pulse durations in the femtosecond-to-attosecond regime. Tenio also studied a large number of alternative techniques for efficient coherent X-ray generation including geometrical and all-optical quasi phase matching schemes, employing neutral atomic media and multiply-charged ions, confined in hollow, periodically modulated, or plasma waveguides. He is currently working on development of a tabletop coherent hard X-ray source with broad X-ray supercontinua spanning hundreds of eV, capable of supporting zeptosecond duration pulses.

Honors & Awards: 

2011 Finalist, APS DAMOP Thesis Award