Carlos Hernández-García
Photonics and Laser Applications Group
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CarlosPhD in Physics (2013). Currently working as Assistant Professor at University of Salamanca (Spain), in the Research Group in Photonics and Laser Applications (ALF-USAL). Previously, I worked for two years as Research Associate at JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), within a European Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, for the period 2013-2016. Principal Investigator of a “Beca Leonardo” funded by Fundación BBVA (2017). Recipient of the EPS-QEOD Fresnel Prize in 2019  for fundamental aspects.

Fields of interest: Laser-matter Interaction, Ultrafast Phenomena, Nonlinear Optics, High-order Harmonic Generation and Propagation, Attosecond and Zeptosecond Physics,  Orbital and Spin Angular Momentum, among others.

Citation Metrics: (as of 07/04/2019, GS=Google Scholar, WoS=Web of Science).

  • Total peer reviewed articles indexed in JCR: 43 (41 in Q1)
  • Total publications (including proceedings): 98 (GS), 61 (WoS). 
  • Sum of the times cited: 2313 (GS), 1656 (WoS)
  • h-index: 17 (GS), 16 (WoS)

Radio Usal interview (in Spanish, 11 December 2018): La USAL, pionera en un nuevo tipo de láser con importantes aplicaciones en telecomunicaciones y materiales.

Los increíbles torbellinos de luz láser [The incredible whirlwinds of laser light] (in Spanish, February 2019):

Usal TV interview (in Spanish, December 2018):

Radio Usal interview (in Spanish, 15 March 2018): Láseres de rayos X. El mundo filmado a cámara lenta.

Usal TV interview (in Spanish, December 2015):

You can have a quick look at my Scientific Publications,  the Press releases of scientific articles in which I was involved, and at my blog Attociencia en Colorado (in Spanish).

Recent Press Releases: 

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Light with a self-torque: extreme-ultraviolet beams with time-varying orbital angular momentum”, Laura Rego, Kevin M Dorney, Nathan J Brooks, Quynh Nguyen, Chen-Ting Liao, Julio San Román, David E Couch, Allison Liu, Emilio Pisanty, Maciej Lewenstein, Luis Plaja, Henry C Kapteyn, Margaret M Murnane, Carlos Hernández-García,   Science, Accepted 3 May 2019. arXiv:1901.1094.
  • “Conservation of torus-knot angular momentum in high-order harmonic generation”, Emilio Pisanty, Laura Rego, Julio San Román, Antonio Picón, Kevin M. Dorney, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Murnane, Luis Plaja, Maciej Lewenstein, Carlos Hernández-García, Physical Review Letters 122, 203201 (2019). Published 22 May 2019.
  • “Controlling the polarization and vortex charge of attosecond high-harmonic beams via simultaneous spin-orbit momentum conservation”, Kevin M. Dorney, Laura Rego, Nathan J. Brooks, Julio San Román, Chen-Ting Liao, Jennifer L. Ellis, Dmitriy Zusin, Christian Gentry, Quynh L. Nguyen, Justin. M. Shaw, Antonio Picón, Luis Plaja, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Murnane, Carlos Hernández-García, Nature Photonics 13, 123–130 (2019). Published online 10 December 2018.
  • “Ultraintense femtosecond magnetic nanoprobes induced by azimuthally polarized laser beams”, Manuel Blanco, Ferran Cambronero, M. Teresa Flores-Arias, E. Conejero Jarque, Luis Plaja, Carlos Hernández-García, ACS Photonics 6, 38–42 (2019). Published online 7 December 2018.
  • “Polarization Control of Isolated High-Harmonic Pulses”, Pei-Chi Huang, Carlos Hernández-García, Jen-Ting Huang, Po-Yao Huang, Chih-Hsuan Lu, Laura Rego, Daniel Hickstein, Jennifer Ellis, Agnieszka Jaron-Becker, Andreas Becker, Shang-Da Yang, Charles Durfee, Luis Plaja, Henry Kapteyn, Margaret Murnane, Andy Kung, and Ming-Chang Chen, Nature Photonics, published online (2018). Published 23 April 2018.
  • “High harmonics with spatially varying ellipticity”, Jennifer Ellis, Daniel D. Hickstein, Nathan J. Brooks, Christian Gentry, Carlos Hernández-García, Dimitriy Zusin, Justin M. Shaw, Quynh L. Nguyen, Christopher A. Mancuso, G. S. Matthijs Jansen, Stefan Witte, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Margaret M. Murnane, Optica 5, 479 (2018). Published 14 April 2018.
  • Extreme ultraviolet vector beams driven by infrared lasers”, Carlos Hernández-García, Alex Turpin, Julio San Román, Antonio Picon, Rokas Drevinskas, Ausra Cerkauskaite, Peter G. Kazansky, Charles G. Durfee, and Iñigo J. Sola, Optica 4, 520-526 (2017). Published 4 May 2017.
  • “A twist in coherent X-rays”, Carlos Hernández-García, Nature Physics 13, 327-329 (2017). Published 5 April 2017.

Publications Chart: (only those in Q1 journals) 



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