Dr David Villeneuve obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Waterloo in 1980.  After a postdoc at the University of Rochester, he joined the National Research Council in Ottawa.  Until his retirement at the end of 2020, Dr Villeneuve was the head of the Attosecond Science Group at NRC, the NRC head of the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory (JASLab), and scientific co-lead of the Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics. He has over 200 publications in refereed journals, is an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America.  He received the IEEE Quantum Electronics Award in 2016.  His interests include the generation of attosecond-duration pulses, soft x-ray coherent imaging, high harmonic spectroscopy, and the study of atoms and molecules in intense laser fields.

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Research Interests

  • Atoms and molecules in intense laser fields
  • Attosecond pulse production and high harmonic generation
  • High harmonic spectroscopy of molecules
  • Coherent imaging in the extreme ultraviolet
  • Time-resolved photoionization of molecules
  • Attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy of molecules

Selected Publications

  • Peng Peng, Claude Marceau, Marius Hervé, P. B. Corkum, A. Yu Naumov, D. M. Villeneuve, Symmetry of Molecular Rydberg States Revealed by XUV Transient Absorption Spectroscopy, Nature Communications 10, 5269 (2019)
  • Peng Peng, Claude Marceau, D. M. Villeneuve, Attosecond imaging of molecules using high harmonic spectroscopy, Nature Reviews Physics 1, 144-155 (2019) DOI PDF
  • Claude Marceau, Varun Makhija, Dominique Platzer, A. Yu. Naumov, P. B. Corkum, Albert Stolow, D. M. Villeneuve, Paul Hockett,  Molecular Frame Reconstruction Using Time-Domain Photoionization Interferometry, Physical Review Letters 119, 083401 (2017) DOI PDF
  • D. M. Villeneuve, Paul Hockett, M. J. J. Vrakking, Hiromichi Niikura, Coherent imaging of an attosecond electron wave packet, Science 356, 1150–1153 (2017) DOI PDF
  • Yijian Meng, Chunmei Zhang, Claude Marceau, A. Yu Naumov, P. B. Corkum, D. M. Villeneuve, Octave-spanning hyperspectral coherent diffractive imaging in the extreme ultraviolet range, Optics Express 23, 28960-28969 (2015) DOI PDF
  • A. D. Shiner, B. E. Schmidt, C. Trallero-Herrero, H. J. Ẅorner, S. Patchkovskii, P. B. Corkum, J-C. Kieffer, F. Légaré, D. M. Villeneuve, Probing collective multi-electron dynamics in xenon with high-harmonic spectroscopy, Nature Physics 7, 464–467 (2011) DOI PDF
  • H. J. Wörner, J. B. Bertrand, B. Fabre, J. Higuet, H. Ruf, A. Dubrouil, S. Patchkovskii, M. Spanner, Y. Mairesse, Valérie Blanchet, E. Mével, E. Constant, P. B. Corkum, D. M. Villeneuve, Conical intersection dynamics in NO2 probed by homodyne high-harmonic spectroscopy,  Science 334, 208-212 (2011)DOI PDF
  • H. J. Worner, J. Bertrand, D. Kartashov, P. B. Corkum, D. M. Villeneuve, Following a Chemical Reaction Using High Harmonic Interferometry,  Nature (London) 466, 604-607 (2010) DOI PDF
  • A. D. Shiner, C. Trallero-Herrero, N. Kajumba, H-C Bandulet, D. Comtois, F. Légaré, M. Giguère, J. C. Kieffer, P. B. Corkum, D. M. Villeneuve, Wavelength scaling of high harmonic generation efficiency, Physical Review Letters 103, 073902 (2009)DOI PDF
  • Domagoj Pavičić, Kevin F. Lee, David M. Rayner, Paul B. Corkum, David M. Villeneuve, Direct measurement of the angular dependence of ionization for N 2, O 2, and CO 2 in intense laser fields, Physical Review Letters 98, 243001 (2007) DOI
  • Jiro Itatani, Jérôme Levesque, Dirk Zeidler, Hiromichi Niikura, Henri Pépin, Jean-Claude Kieffer, Paul B. Corkum, David M. Villeneuve, Tomographic imaging of molecular orbitals, Nature 432, 867-871 (2004) DOI