Stanislav Balouchev studied laser physics at the Sofia University "St.Kliment Ochridski", Bulgaria, where he received his M.Sci. in 1990. In 1995 he finished his PhD in the field of dark spatial solitons at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Physics Department, Sofia University. In 1996, he was granted a DAAD- research fellowship and spent a year in the group of Prof. Dr. B. Welegehausen, Hannover University, Germany. Since 1995 he has also been affiliated as assistant professor in the Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1997 he was visiting scientist at the Institute of Experimental Physics, Technical University of Graz, Austria in the group of Prof. Dr. L.Windholz. In 1999 he was granted a Feinberg research fellowship at the Department of Complex Systems, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel in the group of Dr. N. Davidson. In 2000 he started his Maria-Curie fellowship in the group of Prof. F. Riehle at PTB, Braunschweig, Germany. In 2001, he joined the group of Prof. Dr.G. Wegner and in 2008 the group of Prof. Dr. K. Landfester at MPIP. In 2009 he habilitates at Optics and Spectroscopy Department, Faculty of Physics, Sofia University, Bulgaria. His current research interests include nonlinear optics, atomic physics (coherent population trapping, laser cooling), optical properties of conjugated polymers and the process of annihilation upconversion in multicomponent organic systems.

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