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Prof. Peter Günter

Prof. P. Günter

HPF E 10/8
IQE Nichtlineare Optik
ETH Zürich
CH-8093 Zürich

Tel   +41 44 633 22 95
Fax  +41 44 633 10 56



Peter Günter is professor of experimental physics and head of the Nonlinear Optics Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH). He performed his studies at ETH and obtained the master degree (dipl. Phys. ETH) in 1971 and the Ph.D. in Physics in 1976. His thesis concerning the investigation of electro-optical and photorefractive effects in KNbO3 crystals was awarded the ETH silver medal and the «Federal Institute of Technology prize for excellent Ph.D. work». In 1982 he became «Privatdozent» (senior lecturer) with a thesis on «Holography, coherent light amplification and optical phase conjugation in photorefractive materials» and in 1986 he was elected as professor of experimental physics.
Since 1971 he has been engaged in research on electro-optics, nonlinear optics and photorefractive phenomena in organic and inorganic materials and has authored and coauthored more than 400 papers in these fields. He was coauthor of books on «Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings» and «Nonlinear Optical Materials», the director of an Erice summer school on «Electro-optic and photorefractive materials», and a member of the technical program or organizing commitees of several international conferences.
Prof. Günter is a member of the editorial boards of the Optics Communication, Nonlinear Optics, Optica, Ferroelectrics, and Ferroelectrics Letters. He is a member of the American, European, and Swiss Physical Society, the IEEE, SPIE, and a fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Fields of interest

  • Nonlinear optical and electro-optical effects in molecular crystals and polymers
  • Photorefractive effects
  • Integrated electro-optics and nonlinear optics
  • Self assembly of molecules by molecular beam deposition
  • Charge transport in organic and inorganic solids
  • Photonics and optical processing


  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • KTI
  • European Union (IST)

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