MBI-Mitarbeiter - Persönliche Daten


Director at the Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik
und Kurzzeitspektroskopie im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

Professor for Experimental Physics at the
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


Ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter, in particular molecular liquids, polyatomic molecules, organic and inorganic solids and nanostructures:

  • Generation and application of ultrashort pulses in a wide spectral range (THz to hard x-ray),
  • Nonequilibrium dynamics of elementary excitations in solids, coherent charge transport,
  • Ultrafast vibrational processes in hydrogen bonds and other molecular systems,
  • Ultrafast x-ray diffraction.

Curriculum vitae

since 1994C4/W3-S-Professor for Experimental Physics at the Humboldt University
since 1993Director at the Max-Born-Institute
1991Habilitation in Physics at the Technical University of Munich
1990Postdoctoral research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, USA
1986-1993Research associate (Akademischer Rat and Oberrat) at the Physics Dept. E11
1982-1986PhD work at the Physics Department E11 of the Technical University of Munich (Prof. W. Kaiser). Thesis on 'Picosecond infrared spectroscopy of molecules and semiconductors'
1982Diplom in Physics, Technical University of Munich
1979Vordiplom in Physics, University of Heidelberg
1957born in Tübingen, Germany

Honors and awards

2019ERC Advanced Grant BIOVIB
2019Chercheur invité international at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Physics Dept.)
2017Professeur invité at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Physics Dept.)
2017Outstanding Referee American Physical Society
2017Guest Editor, Chemical Reviews (American Chemical Society): Ultrafast Processes in Chemistry
2016Ellis R. Lippincott Award (Optical Society, Coblentz Society, Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
2015TRVS Lifetime Achievement Award (Int. Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy)
2012Professeur invité at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Physics Dept.)
2012Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics
2012George Fisher Baker Lectureship Symposium on Water, Cornell University, USA
2011Fellow of the American Physical Society
2010Innovation Prize Berlin Brandenburg for femtosecond x-ray plasma source,
Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH, Berlin-Adlershof, and MBI
2010Regular Member Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
2009ERC Advanced Grant ULTRADYNE
2009Morino Lecturer for Chemical Physics (Morino Foundation, Japan)
2009Fellow of the Optical Society of America
2006Lecturer, Frontiers in Chemical Research, Texas A&M University
2006Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Lecture, MPI f. Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen
2004Professeur invité at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Chemistry Dept.)
2003Lecturer, Swiss Graduate Schools in Chemistry, Convention intercantonale romande
1995Otto-Klung-Prize in Physics (Otto Klung Foundation)
1991Rudolf-Kaiser-Prize (Stifterverband/Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft)
1986Prize for the best PhD thesis in physics (Bund der Freunde TU Munich)

Professional Affiliations

  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
  • American Physical Society
  • Optical Society of America
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ)


Professional Service

  • Secretary of the Mathematics and Science Class, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Scientific Policy Committee SLAC, Menlo Park 
  • Member, LCLS Proposal Review Panel for Hard Condensed Matter
  • Member, FXE Proposal Review Panel, European XFEL
  • Elected Member, Management Board GDNÄ
  • Associate Editor, Structural Dynamics (AIP) 
  • Member, Editorial Board Chemical Physics Letters
  • Chair, Prize Committee Ellis R Lippincott Award, OSA (2016-2018)
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Journal of Chemical Physics, AIP (2015-2017)
  • Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters (2009-2015)
  • Member, Editorial Board New Journal of Physics (2009-2014)
  • Member, Editorial Board Chemical Physics (2001-2014)
  • Conference Chair, International Conference on Ultrafast Structural Dynamics 2012, Berlin
  • Organizer, 6th International Conference on Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy (CMDS 2012), Berlin
  • Vertrauensdozent of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2007-2013)
  • Member, Editorial Board Applied Physics A (1996-2011)
  • Member, Steering Committee, ESF Network DYNA: Ultrafast structural dynamics in physics,
  • chemistry, biology and materials science (2005-2010)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board PULSE, Stanford, USA (2008-2009)
  • Director at large, Optical Society of America (2007-2009)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board ELBE (free electron laser, FZ Rossendorf, 2004-2009)
  • Coordinator, DFG Topical Research Program 1134 'Ultrafast x-ray diffraction' (2002-2008)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board BESSY (2004-2008)
  • Member, Beamtime Committee BESSY (2005-2008)
  • Member, Facility Access Panel, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK (2003-2008)
  • Member, Apparateausschuss Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, 2001-2006)
  • Member of numerous program and advisory committees of international conferences
  • General Chair, Ultrafast Phenomena XII, Charleston 2000
  • Program Chair, Ultrafast Phenomena XI, Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1998
  • Organizer, HCIS-10, Nonequilibrium Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductors, Berlin 1997
  • Member, Steering Committee, ESF Network ULTRA: Femtochemistry and Femtobiology (2000-2003)
  • Member, Committee Ellis R. Lippincott Award (Optical Society of America, 2002-2004)
  • Member, Committee Gustav-Hertz-Prize (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 1997-2002)
  • Topical Editor Ultrafast Phenomena, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 1995-2000
  • Chairman of Sektion D, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, 1998-1999
  • Member, Quantum Electronics Division, European Physical Society, 1995-1998

More than 500 publications in refereed journals and books, 6 patents, more than 370 invited talks at conferences, colloquia, and seminars.

MBI Publikationen

  1. Ultrafast dynamics of hydrated excess protons in CH3CN:H2O mixtures

    F. Dahms, A. Kundu, E. Pines, B. P. Fingerhut, E. T. J. Nibbering, T. Elsaesser

    Ultrafast Phenomena XXI 205 EPJ Web of Conferences (2019) 09003/1-3
  2. Self-imaging of tailored vortex pulse arrays and spectral Gouy rotation echoes

    M. Liebmann, A. Treffer, M. Bock, T. Seiler, J. Jahns, T. Elsaesser, R. Grunwald

    Optics Letters 44 (2019) 1047-1050
  3. Time-resolved photoluminescence from n-doped GaN/Al0.18Ga0.82N short-period superlattices probes carrier kinetics and long-term structural stability

    F. Mahler, J. W. Tomm, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, V. Hoffmann, C. Netzel, M. Weyers, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Applied Physics 125 (2019) 185705/1-7
  4. Phosphate–magnesium ion interactions in water probed by ultrafast two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy

    J. Schauss, F. Dahms, B. P. Fingerhut, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10 (2019) 238-243
  5. Contact ion pairs of phosphate groups in water: two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of dimethyl phosphate and ab initio simulations

    J. Schauss, A. Kundu, B. P. Fingerhut, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10 (2019) 6281−6286
  6. Impact of piezoelectric fields on coherent zone-folded phonons in GaAs/AlAs superlattices

    F. Mahler, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, C. Flytzanis, K. Biermann

    Physical Review B 100 (2019) 121302(R)/1-6
  7. Hydrated excess protons in acetonitrile/water mixtures: solvation species and ultrafast proton motions

    A. Kundu, F. Dahms, B. P. Fingerhut, E. T. J. Nibbering, E. Pines, T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10 (2019) 2287−2294
  8. Recent advances in ultrafast X-ray sources

    R. Schoenlein, T. Elsaesser, K. Holldack, Z. Huang, H. Kapteyn, M. Murname, M. Woerner

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences 377 (2019) 20180384/1-37
  9. Book review: Structures on different time scales. T. Woike, D. Schaniel (Eds.). De Gruyter, 2018

    T. Elsaesser

    Journal of Applied Crystallography 52 (2019) 245-246
  10. Terahertz driven amplification of coherent optical phonons in GaAs coupled to a metasurface

    M. Woerner, C. Somma, K. Reimann, T. Elsaesser, P. Q. Liu, Y. Yang, J. L. Reno, I. Brener

    Physical Review Letters 122 (2019) 107402/1-6