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  • Head of Department C3 "Femtosecond Spectroscopy on Solids"
  • Coordinator of Project 3.2 "Solids and Nanostructures: Electrons, Spins, and Phonons"
  • Coordinator of Project 3.3 "Transient Structures and Imaging with X-rays"


I am interested in ultrafast and nonlinear phenomena in condensed matter, in particular organic and inorganic solids and nanostructures. To this end, I generate and apply ultrashort pulses in a wide spectral range (THz to hard x-ray) to measure the nonequilibrium dynamics of elementary excitations in solids and the ultrafast structural dynamics of crystalline material. Most recent activities are two-dimensional spectroscopy in the THz frequency range (Figure: two phonon coherences in InSb) and femtosecond x-ray absorption experiments using table top high harmonic sources.

Curriculum vitae

1981-1988 Study of physics at the Technical University (TU) of Munich

1988-1991 PhD Work at TU Munich, Physics Department E11 (Prof. W. Kaiser)

1991 Graduation (Dr. rer. nat.) at the TU

1991-1993 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Physics Department E11, TU Munich

1993-1996 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max-Born-Institute, Berlin

1997 Postdoctoral Researcher at Bell Laboratories (Lucent), Holmdel, NJ, USA

since 1997 Department head of C3 at the Max-Born-Institute, Berlin

1999 Habilitation at the Humboldt University Berlin

Aktuelle Highlights

Electric polarization in the macroscopic world and electrons moving at atomic scales

Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals

Quantum Swing - a pendulum that moves forward and backwards at the same time

Amplification of Sound Waves at Extreme Frequencies

Hot means slow: Electron plasma oscillations tuned down with light

The longer the better: Optical long-wavelength pulses generate brilliant ultrashort hard x-ray flashes

MBI Publikationen

  1. Terahertz radiative coupling and damping in multilayer graphene

    P. Bowlan, E. Martinez-Moreno, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser

    New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 013027/1-15
  2. Ultrafast terahertz response of multi-layer graphene in the nonperturbative regime

    P. Bowlan, E. Martinez-Moreno, K. Reimann, T. Elsaesser, M. Woerner

    Physical Review B 89 (2014) 041408(R)/1-5
  3. Nanoscale and bio imaging: general discussion

    H. Chapman, M. Chergui, M. McCoustra, J. van Thor, J. Underwood, M. Woerner, C. Bressler, G. Smolentsev, J. Küpper, C. Jacobsen

    Faraday Discussions 171 (2014) 419-427
  4. Perspective: Structural dynamics in condensed matter mapped by femtosecond x-ray diffraction

    T. Elsaesser, M. Woerner

    Journal of Chemical Physics 140 (2014) 020901/1-11
  5. Femtosecond x-ray diffraction maps field-driven charge dynamics in ionic crystals

    M. Woerner, M. Holtz, V. Juvé, T. Elsaesser, A. Borgschulte

    Faraday Discussions 171 (2014) 373-392
  6. High-brightness table-top hard X-ray source driven by sub-100-femtosecond mid-infrared pulses

    J. Weisshaupt, V. Juvé, M. Holtz, S.A. Ku, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška

    Nature Photonics 8 (2014) 927-930
  7. Chemical reaction dynamics I and electron dynamics in molecules: general discussion

    O. Vendrell, J. Kuepper, M. Wolf, H. Chapman, M. Chergui, K. Reid, K. von Haeften, R. Moshammer, G. Williams, A. Tehlar, G. Dixit, H. J. Woerner, J. Underwood, J. Marangos, M. Woerner, C. Bressler, M. Minitti, A. Kirrander, C. Vozzi, D. Rolles

    Faraday Discussions 171 (2014) 145-168
  8. Ultrafast vibrational dynamics of (BH4)- ions in liquid and crystalline environments

    T. Tyborski, R. Costard, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Chemical Physics 141 (2014) 034506/1-9
  9. High-field terahertz bulk photovoltaic effect in lithium niobate

    C. Somma, K. Reimann, C. Flytzanis, T. Elsaesser, M. Woerner

    Physical Review Letters 112 (2014) 146602/1-5
  10. Instrumentation and methods: general discussion

    J. Kuepper, G. Williams, H. Chapman, K. Reid, J.Christensen, H. J. Woerner, E. Seddon, G. Dixit, E. Campbell, J. Underwood, M. Woerner, J. Spence, J. van Thor, M. Wolf, O. Vendrell, G. De Ninno, C. Bressler, N. Berrah

    Faraday Discussions 171 (2014) 505-523