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David Reis, PhD

Director, PULSE institute, SLAC

Professor of Photon Science

Professor of Applied Physics

(650) 926-4192

I am an experimentalist who studies dynamics that occur on extremely short time and distance scales. My background is in the areas of ultrafast laser, high field, accelerator, x-ray and condensed matter physics.



PhD, University of Rochester

MA, University of Rochester

BA, University of California, Berkeley


Research Interests

My research interests include ultrafast processes in the solid state and fundamental light-matter interactions in general. My group investigates nonequilibrium dynamics in solids with atomic level spatial and temporal resolution. Of particular interest are ultrafast dynamics including electron-phonon and phonon-phonon coupling, coherent phonon dynamics, photo-induced phase transitions, thermal transport and most recently strong-field induced attosecond electron dynamics.


  • Nonequilibrium phonon dynamics
  • Thermal transport across interfaces between dissimilar materials
  • Fundamental laser-matter interactions in solids in the high-field limit



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