TUM – Technical University of Munich Menü

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Jirauschek

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Jirauschek (b. 1974) works in the area of theoretical and computational photonics. His current research activities focus on the modeling of lasers and nano-optoelectronic devices. This includes fiber and solid-state lasers for applications in biomedical optics, metrology and ultrafast optics, as well as nanostructured photonic devices, especially quantum cascade lasers for the terahertz and infrared regime.
Professor Jirauschek studied electrical engineering majoring in electrooptics and optical communications at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He completed his first degree in 2000 and received his doctoral degree in 2004. From 2002 to 2005 he worked at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then joined TUM where from 2007 he headed an Emmy Noether research group. Since January 2015 he has held a Heisenberg Professorship in Computational Photonics.


  • Heisenberg Professorship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2015)
  • Emmy Noether fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2007)
  • Recipient of the Kühborth Foundation Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (2nd prize) (2001)
  • Fellow of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) (1998-2000)

Key Publications (all publications)

Jirauschek C, Kubis T: „Modeling techniques for quantum cascade lasers“. Appl. Phys. Rev. 2014; 1: 011307.


Eigenwillig CM, Wieser W, Todor S, Biedermann BR, Klein T, Jirauschek C, Huber R: „Picosecond pulses from wavelength-swept continuous-wave Fourier domain mode-locked lasers“. Nature Commun. 2013; 4: 1848.


Fathololoumi S, Dupont E, Chan CWI, Wasilewski ZR, Laframboise SR, Ban D, Mátyás A, Jirauschek C, Hu Q, Liu HC: „Terahertz quantum cascade lasers operating up to ~200 K with optimized oscillator strength and improved injection tunneling“. Opt. Express. 2012; 20: 3866–3876.


Jirauschek C: „Monte Carlo study of carrier-light coupling in terahertz quantum cascade lasers“. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2010; 96: 011103.


Jirauschek C: „Accuracy of transfer matrix approaches for solving the effective mass Schrödinger equation“. IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 2009; 45: 1059–1067.