JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane was named an honorary doctor on September 21, 2015, by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden's oldest institution of higher learning. Murnane was noted in the Uppsala University press release as being a world-leading expert in ultrafast quantum optics. In this field, Murnane is well known for her work on high-harmonic generation of laser light that produces an array of beams of laser-like high-energy light ranging from extreme ultraviolet to soft x-ray wavelengths.
Murnane was named an honorary doctor, in part, because she has participated in collaborations with Uppsala University on the applications of high-harmonic generation to studies of ultrafast dynamics in magnetic materials. This collaboration has led to several high-profile publications.
Murnane co-leads a multidisciplinary team with Henry Kapteyn at JILA and the University of Colorado. The team's work on laser-like high-energy beams is allowing researchers to capture and study the fastest processes in nature, including the dance of electrons inside molecules.