Short time scale physics deals with various physical and technical effects and phenomena that occur on short time scales from a few hundredths of a second to femtoseconds (10-15 s) or even attoseconds (10-18 s).
Another field of short time scale physics is the interaction of laser radiation with matter and the generation of laser radiation. In addition to the classical gas lasers, the more modern concepts of solid-state lasers are also located in both, continuous wave operation and pulsed operation in short-term physics. The application of laser radiation e.g. for material processing, surface modification, sensor technology but also medical applications are also topics of short time scale physics.